SERMON TOPIC: New beginnings
Speaker: Gavin Paynter
Date: 8 January 2017
Topic Groups: NEW YEARS DAY, CHANGE, NEW BEGINNINGS
Sermon synopsis: Christians don’t dwell on former failures.
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Don’t even get caught up by your past success:
Phil 3:13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Don’t look back! – Remember Lot’s wife.
The good news is that God says, “I want to do something new in your life. I want to give you a fresh start, a new beginning.” This news is a major element of our Christian faith – to start fresh and have a new beginning with God. At the beginning of a new year it is customary for us to think of this as a time of new beginnings, a time for new resolutions. But the truth is that with God anytime is a time for a new beginning.