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Summary: Order of Service and Sermon for the New Year. There are thousands of promises in God’s Word. This sermon zeros in on four things you can count on when facing the New Year. Power Point available contact websterj@zoominternet.net

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CATLETTSBURG SOUTHSIDE CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE

SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2012

AM WORSHIP SERVICE

HAPPY NEW YEAR

ORDER OF SERVICE

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS IN THE EYES OF A CHILD (Movie Clip)

PASTORAL WELCOME

May all your troubles be as short as your New Year’s Resolutions

RESPONSIVE READING

Lam 3:21-26 (NKJV)

21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.

22 Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

24 "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I hope in Him!"

25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.

26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the LORD.

PASTORAL PRAYER

CONGREGATIONAL

#44 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

PRAISE AND WORSHIP “Open the Eyes of my Heart”

“Better is one day”

“Be the Center”

WORSHIP WITH OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Prayer

Offertory

SPECIAL MUSIC

CONGREGATIONAL SINGING

“I Will Serve Thee”

(Dismiss Junior Church)

“THE NEW HAS COME” (Movie Clip)

MESSAGE

“Things You Can Count On In the New Year”

Selected Passages

AM MESSAGE

“THINGS YOU CAN COUNT ON IN THE NEW YEAR”

INTRODUCTION OPENING COMMENTS

There are things that you can count on this year.

1. The people who got on your nerves in 2011 will probably get on your nerves in 2012.

2. The people who you got on their nerves in 2011 you will probably get on their nerves in 2012

3. Foods that put weight on me in 2011 will probably put weight on me in 2012

4. If I follow the same exercise program in 2012 that I followed in 2011 I more than likely will get the same results

5. If I change in 2012, it will take a greater strength and power than just mine to make it happen

THERE ARE TWO OLD TESTAMENT PASSAGES I WANT TO LOOK AT THIS MORNING.

I am convinced that God wants to do something new in our lives in 2012.

Lam 3:21-26 (NKJV)

21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.

22 Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

24 "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I hope in Him!"

25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.

26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the LORD.

There is another passage in the Old Testament I want to look at this morning. It is found in the book of Zephaniah chapter 3. You hear a lot of preaching out of the Book of Zephaniah. It ranks right up there with Leviticus.

Zephaniah wrote to the people of Judah and his theme was doom and the pending judgment because of their rebellion and half-heartedness.

His message would be considered depressing like a constant rain or storm.

However, in the last part of chapter 3 HOPE breaks through.

Look at Zephaniah 3:5 with me.

Zephaniah 3:5

“But the Lord is good and HE is there in that city. HE does no wrong, Every morning HE governs the people fairly; every day HE can be trusted.”

FOUR THINGS YOU CAN COUNT ON IN 2012

I want to share with you 4 things from the passages we have read that you can count on in 2012.

There are thousands of promises in God’s Word.

Some say there are 2,000

Some say there are 3,000

Others say there are as many as 7,000 promises in the Word.

I know this, there are all the promises you and I need to face every problem we will face in 2012.

“For every problem we will face in 2012, God already knows about and God already has the solution.”

I want to share with you the words of Peter, and encourage you to write this verse down somewhere and memorize it for the New Year.

2 Peter 1:3-4 (NCV) 3 Jesus has the power of God, by which he has given us everything we need to live and to serve God. We have these things because we know him. Jesus called us by his glory and goodness. 4 Through these he gave us the very great and precious promises. With these gifts you can share in God’s nature, and the world will not ruin you with its evil desires.

FOUR THINGS YOU CAN COUNT ON IN 2012

Four things you can count on from the preaching text today.

We will call these, our take home applications.

TAKE HOME APPLICATION #1- As you face 2012, it is good to know the Lord has plenty of mercy and is full of compassion.

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