NEW YEARS

22 Outlines

 

NEW YEAR’S ACROSTIC – NEW FOR 2008!

 

N – Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

E – Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalms 100:4

W – Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. Mark 13:35-37

 

Y – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

E – Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Psalms 127:1

A – Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

R – Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; Ecclesiastes 12:1 – Pastor Jack Peters

You may preach this as a sermon or use it in a church bulletin or newsletter. If you print it, please leave my name at the end as the source.  Thanks!

 

 

 

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Psalm 138

IN THE NEW YEAR – NEW FOR 2008!

 

I WILL WORSHIP – Vss. 1-2

 

I WILL CRY – Vs. 3 - In the day when I cried…

 

I WILL RECEIVE – Vs. 3 - … thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.

 

I WILL HUMBLE MYSELF – Vs. 6

 

I WILL BE HELPED – Vss. 7-8

 

 

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PROVERBS FOR THE NEW YEAR – NEW FOR 2008!

 

TRUST – Proverbs 3:5-6, 29:25

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25

 

TRAIN – Proverbs 22:6, 29:17

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. Proverbs 29:17

 

THINK – Proverbs 12:5, 16:3

The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. Proverbs 12:5

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. Proverbs 16:3

 

TRAVEL – Proverbs 4:18

 

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18

TALK – Proverbs 15:1-4

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. Proverbs 15:1-4

TREASURE – Proverbs 22:1

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1

 

 

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Romans 11:33-12:2

BASIC SANCTIFICATION (Could be used as a New Year’s message.) – NEW FOR 2008!

 

CONSIDER GOD’S GREATNESS – Romans 11:33-36

COMMIT YOUR BODY – Romans 12:1

CONVERT YOUR THINKING – Romans 12:2

 

 

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Hebrews 2:1-4

THE NEW YEAR STARTS NOW – NEW FOR 2008!

 

It is a New Year! That means 365 days to do that which pleases God. That means we should:

 

TAKE HEED

Hebrews 2:1 - Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

TAKE NOTICE

Hebrews 2:2 - For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;

TAKE THOUGHT

Hebrews 2:3-4 - How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

 

 

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TIMES FOR THE NEW YEAR

(The word “times” in Psalms and Proverbs) – NEW FOR 2008!

 

TIMES OF TROUBLE

Psalms 9:9 - The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

TIMES IN GOD’S HAND
Psalms 31:15 - My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

TIMES OF PRAISE
Psalms 34:1 - I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

TIMES OF TRUST
Psalms 62:8 - Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

TIMES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Psalms 106:3 - Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.

TIMES OF DELIVERANCE
Psalms 106:43 - Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.

TIMES OF SATISFACTION

Proverbs 5:19 - Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.

TIMES OF LOVE
Proverbs 17:17 - A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

TIMES OF RESILIENCE
Proverbs 24:16 - For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief
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PSALM 119:15-16

THIS TIME NEXT YEAR

 

Christian, where will you be this time next year?

Will you be at the same job?

Will you live in the same house?

Will attend the same school?

Will you have the same friends?

Will your health or the health of your loved ones be the same?

 

Where will you be this time next year?  You can't answer one of these questions with certainty. You can only think you'll be at the same school or be at a new school. You can only think you'll have the same job or a new job. You can only think that your health or the health of another will be same or get worse.  You can only think that you'll live in the same place or that you'll move. You can only think that you'll have the same friends or new ones.

   

Where will you be this time next year?  Although you can't answer that question, if you want things to be different, in most cases you'll have to work at it.

Granted, there are things that we can't control, and only God knows for sure where will be and what we will be doing. 

 

But if you want a different job, you'll have to work at finding one.

If want to be in a different school, and you are in a position to make your own decision, you'll have to work at applying at a new school

If you want new friends you'll have to work at developing new friendships.

If you want to live in a different house, you'll have to work at finding a place and moving there.

Health is not as definite. We can't guarantee health.  But I do know this, if we want this best health possible next year at this time, we need to work at being healthy.

 

Now, Christian, let me ask you another question.  Where will you be Spiritually this time next year?  Will you have become more like Jesus in your behavior? Will you have licked any bad habits? Will your prayer and devotional life improve? Will you be a better witness for Christ?  Will you have obeyed 2 Peter 3:18 - But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…?

   

You are probably thinking, "I really don't know!"

But let me tell you this: You will be no better off Spiritually this time next year, unless you work at being more Spiritual this year.

 

To grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ… is a command to be followed.

 

So how are we going to make sure that at this time next year we have grown Spiritually?

 

Romans 12:1-2 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

First of all, in order to grow in this coming year, we must be yielded to God.  Because God has shown us great mercy by saving us, keeping us, loving us, and protecting us, we should present our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice.  That means we make ourselves available to God to go where He wants us to go, to do what He wants us to do, and to be what He wants us to be.

 

When we are holy, we are set apart for God.

When we do what is acceptable unto God, we do what pleases Him. 

This is our reasonable service. I always think of it as the least we can do.

 

The work really starts after we yield ourselves to God.

Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to this world.  Some have rendered this phrase as "Don't let the world squeeze you into its mold."  The world here is the world system, and the Christian is warned against loving the world and being like the world. 1 John 2:15-17

  

Romans 12:2 tells us that instead of being conformed to this world, we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

  

A greater transformation has already taken place in your life if you know Christ as Savior.

2 Corinthians 5:17

 

 God's Holy Spirit lives inside of you and has made a great transformation, but He wants that transformation to go even further in this coming year.  He wants transformation to continue by the renewing of your mind.  

 

Why must your mind be renewed? Very simply, you are what you think. Luke 6:45

 

What does the Holy Spirit use to renew your mind? 

He uses the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12

 

If God uses His word to renew our minds, that very simply means that we need to expose our minds as much as possible to the Word of God.  That's why you should be in Sunday School, morning service, evening service and prayer meeting.

   

But there's another way to renew our minds with the Word of God, and that's what I want to talk about in the remaining minutes of this message.

 

Turn please to Psalm 119:15-16 - I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. [16] I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

 

There are four things to do here that will renew your mind, if you decide to do just as the psalmist had decided to do. Throughout this passage the psalmist says "I will"!  

 

We are going to begin with the last statement in these verses which reminds us to

 

Remember - ...I will not forget thy word.

 

The psalmist says ...I will not forget thy word.

The psalmist was determined to remember God's Word. Why?

The psalmist was determined to remember God's Word because of the transforming power it has in the life. Psalm 119:11, 119:105, Jeremiah 15:16

 

  

So my challenge to you is to remember God's Word if you want to be different this time next year.    

Here's what I suggest you do:

·        Write out a verse on a 3 x 5 card with the verse on one side and the reference on the other.  Carry it with you.

·        Work on the verse throughout the week so you can say it to someone the next Sunday. Make yourself accountable to somebody for the saying of the verse.

·        Save the cards and review them regularly.

 

Now if you say, I can't memorize, I beg to differ with you.  Through repetition you memorize lots of things, including lists of numbers like Social Security or phone numbers.  Through repetition you can memorize Scripture.

 

Also consider this week's memory verse. You can memorize because God will enable you. Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 

Reflect - I will meditate in thy precepts...

 

To meditate on something is to mull it over in your mind.  It is to reflect on it.  It is kind of like a cow chewing her cud.  She chews on what she has eaten for awhile, then swallows it and it goes into one of her three stomachs.  Later, she brings it up again and chews some more.  This way she digests her food.

 

Reflect on the memory verses that you know.

Mull them over in your mind.

Apply them to your life.

Talk to the Lord about them. Make them a prayer, if that's applicable.

 

Will this process of meditation really help to renew your mind? Psalm 119:98-99

 

Respect - ...and have respect unto thy ways.

 

 

When I love and respect my Heavenly Father, I will strive not only to memorize and meditate on Scriptures, but I will strive to obey the teachings, the ways of God.

 

Psalm 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 

Psalm 119:112 - I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.

 

Psalm 119:100 - I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

 

And you know that God is pleased with obedience! 1 Samuel 15:22-23

 

Rejoice - I will delight myself in thy statutes...

  

Do you want to know what you really rejoice or delight in?

Consider what you think about most.

Consider what you talk about.

What you talk about will be a dead give away for where your priorities and interests really lie.

 

I want to go back to a verse we considered earlier.

  

Jeremiah 15:16 - Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

 

Jeremiah was called by the name of the Lord God of hosts.  In Christian vernacular we would say that he was a child of God.

Because Jeremiah belonged to God, Jeremiah delighted in the Word of God.

 

Christian, you are a child of God.

Do you rejoice or delight in the Word of God.

Delighting in God's Word will help you meditate on God's Word. Psalm 119:97

 

Psalm 119:97 - O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

 

So, this time next year where will you be?

Will you have grown Spiritually? Will you be further along in your walk with God?

You will grow Spiritually if you are transformed by the renewing of your mind.   

 

Remember - ...I will not forget thy word.

Reflect - I will meditate in thy precepts...

Respect - ...and have respect unto thy ways.

Rejoice - I will delight myself in thy statutes...

 

It's decision time now.

Where will you will be Spiritually next year at this has much to do with your commitment to memorization and mediation.

Are you willing to strive to memorize, mediate and review the memory verses this year?

Are you will to be accountable to somebody else while doing it?

 

Let's Pray

 

 

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Mark 1:35-45

FOR THE NEW YEAR

 

Follow Jesus example in the New Year!

Like Jesus:

BE DEVOTED TO GOD – Vs. 35

BE DIRECTED BY GOD – Vss. 36-38

BE DEMONSTRATIVE OF GOD’S POWER – Vss. 39-45

 

 

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Philippians 1:27-30

LIVING FOR HEAVEN (IN 2007)

 

CONDUCT DEMANDED – Vs. 27

Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

 

CONFIDENCE ENCOURAGED – Vs. 28

And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

 

CONFLICT IDENTIFIED – Vss. 29-30

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; [30] Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

 

 

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THE WORD FOR A NEW YEAR

 

The old year is over.  The New Year is here. 

I feel that you and I need a word for the New Year

We need a word to live by as Christians that will help us and keep us focused no matter what happens in this current year.

 

The word that God has led me to for this new year is a word that Jesus Himself used.  It is a word, a command that Jesus used. It is the word, “watch”!

 

Mark 13:32-37 - But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. [33] Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. [34] For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. [35] Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:  [36] Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. [37] And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

 

Jesus makes it very clear.  He is speaking to all, especially all of His followers or disciples.  And He says “watch”!   

 

When Jesus gives these words He is completing what is known as “The Olivet Discourse”.  Jesus was answering the disciples’ questions about future events, and in light of these future events he is telling them to “watch”. 

 

The event that Christians, including you and I, should watch for is the return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the resurrection of all believers from the dead.  1 Corinthians 15:51-58, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18:

 

In Mark 13:32 Jesus tells us that no man knows the day or the hour when the events described in the Olivet Discourse will be fulfilled.  This means that no man knows the day or the hour when Jesus is returning for us.  It could be anytime.

 

The word Jesus gives us in light of His coming is “WATCH!” 

 

Using this passage and a couple of others, I want to suggest to you that there are at least three ways that we should be watching for the coming of the Lord Jesus.

 

 

WATCH PERSISTENTLY

 

Vs. 34 – Jesus gives an illustration.

A man is taking a long journey.

He gives to various members of the household different responsibilities. He tells them what to do while he is gone.

 

He tells the porter to watch.   

The porter was the door keeper.  While the other members of the household were also to watch for the return of their master by going about their business, it was the job of the porter to be awake and looking for the return of the Master, so He could alert the others.

 

The church today is like the household in the story.

Our Master is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Before He left to go on His long journey to Heaven he gave instructions to the church. Matthew 28:18-20.

 

The Epistles give us even further instruction.  God has intended that each Christian, after coming to Christ, live a life patterned in good works. Ephesians 2:10

   

God also has given each of us abilities or spiritual gifts that are to be used to further His kingdom.   

1 Peter 4:10-11

 

So Jesus has gone away.  He has given us jobs to do.

And as we do the jobs He’s given us to do, we are to do them as if Jesus were coming back soon, even today!

 

Vs. 35 – Jesus says, “You watch, for you don’t know when I’m coming.” 

 

The watch Jesus talks about is to be a persistent one.

We don’t know when He is coming, but we should be about His business, doing what Jesus has told us to do.

 

Vs. 36 – It will be a tragedy if Jesus catches us “napping” when he comes.

This napping or sleeping needn’t be thought of as literal.

 

·        If we are caught up in our own pleasures when Jesus comes we will be napping.

·        If we are worrying about our own well being when Jesus comes we will be napping.

·        If we are delaying serving the Lord Jesus when He comes, thinking we have plenty of time, we will be napping.

·        If we are concentrating on our business, our families, our comforts when Jesus comes, we will be napping.

 

When Jesus comes, I shouldn’t really be surprised.  I should be expecting Him! 

I should be expecting Him, because He told me to watch for His coming!

 

Mark 13:37 - And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

 

So, what you do today should be based on the fact that you believe that Jesus could come today. And because Jesus could come today, you should be about His business. 

 

Actually, that’s why God delays the coming of Jesus, so that we can accomplish more of His work.

2 Peter 3:8-9

 

WATCH PERCEPTIVELY

 

Turn please to Titus 2:11-13.

When someone is perceptive they know what’s going on.

They sense things.  They understand things.

As we watch for the coming of the Lord Jesus in 2005, we are to watch perceptively.

 

Titus 2:11 - For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

The grace of God has appeared unto all men, to all types of people.

The grace of God is God’s unmerited favor.

You don’t deserve forgiveness for your sins or a place in Heaven.

You don’t deserve to be a child of God.

But if you have turned to Jesus Christ, believing that He died for your sins, and trusting Him for forgiveness and eternal life, the grace of God has touched you.

 

Ephesians 2:8-9

If you have put your faith in Christ then the grace of God is at work in your life.

 

Among other things, the grace of God teaches us to be perceptive.

 

Titus 2:12 - Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

 

God’s grace not only saves us, but it teaches us.

First of all, it teaches us to deny ungodliness.

What is ungodliness?

Ungodliness is anything that God wouldn’t do Himself.

It is anything that is not fitting or true of God.

Ungodliness is also anything that we do without God.

If what I am doing is not dependent upon God or approved by God, it is ungodly!

 

How do I go about denying ungodliness?

I deny ungodliness by staying close to Jesus!

 

John 15:4-5 - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. [5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

 

I am not only to deny ungodliness, but I am to deny worldly lusts or desires.  These are basically anything that I do to excess. 

 

How do I deny worldly lusts?

I deny worldly lusts by allowing God’s Holy Spirit to control me.

 

Galatians 5:16 - This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 

The grace of God not only teaches us to deny ungodliness and world lusts.  It also teaches us to live soberly.

 

To be sober is to be serious.

If we live soberly we will live seriously.  That doesn’t mean that we can’t have a sense of humor.

It means that we will take our commitment to God seriously.

 

The serious Christian lives seriously practicing the things of God on a continual basis.

Sunday Morning attendance is only one part of the bigger commitment to Christ that includes a daily walk with Him!  

 

Not only are we to live soberly, but righteously and Godly.

Our activities should be right in the eyes of God.

Our activities should be the things that God would do if he were in our situation!

 

So why does the grace of God teach us the way it does?

Titus 2:12-13 - Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; [13] Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 

If we truly live lives that deny ungodliness and worldly lusts and that are serious, righteous and godly, we will also be perceptive enough to be looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ!

 

The “blessed hope” and “the glorious appearing” are one and the same!

The one who is looking for the wonderful coming of the Lord Jesus will be perceptive to live as if He is coming back at any moment.

 

If you expect company, you clean up the house.

If you expect Jesus, you clean up your life and keep it clean on a daily basis.  You look forward to His coming, so you live as if he is coming.

 

WATCH PRAYERFULLY

Let’s go back to Mark 13 for a moment.

 

Mark 13:32-33 - But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. [33] Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

 

Watching and praying go together!

 Jesus commanded it here.  It is also commanded in the Epistles.  

Colossians 4:2 - Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

 

1 Peter 4:7 - But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

 

Why do watching and praying go together?

·        Praying helps us have victory over temptation.

·        Praying keeps us Spiritually sharp.

·        Praying accomplishes God’s purposes before Jesus returns.  John 14:13-14  says, And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. [14] If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

·        God doesn’t want anyone to perish, so we are instructed to pray.  1 Timothy 2:1-4 says, I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; [2] For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. [3] For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; [4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

The Word for 2005 is “watch”!

 

WATCH PERSISTENTLY

WATCH PERCEPTIVELY

WATCH PRAYERFULLY

 

 

 

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2 Chronicles 7:14

COMPATIBLE WITH GOD - NEW YEARS

 

There was much concern expressed about the world's computers being compatible with the year 2000.  In the New Year our biggest concern should be that we as Christians are compatible with God.

 

GOD'S PEOPLE

God's people for today are the ones who know Christ as Savior

 

FOLLOWING GOD'S PLAN

Humility

Prayer

Seek God's Face

Turn from Wicked Ways

 

RECEIVE GOD'S PROMISES

Of Hearing

Of Forgiveness

Of Healing

 

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Psalm 90:10, 12, 14

"ABOUT TIME" OR "ON TIME" – NEW YEAR

 

There is at least one thing you and I have in common.  God has given us each the same amount of time each day!  We each have 24 hours. Each hour has 60 minutes. Each minute has 60 seconds.

One of the hardest things we need to do each day is to use God's gift of time wisely!  Moses makes some interesting observations in Vss. 10, 12 and 14 of Psalm 90.  He speaks about time.

 

RECOGNIZING THE TIME - Vs. 10

According to the Bible, the average life span is 70 years.  Sometimes, especially in America today, a person may even receive a few more years. Nevertheless, no matter how long we live it is not long at all, and our time will be up.

 

REDEEMING THE TIME - Vs. 12

Moses recognized the need for proper use of time.  Our time should be spent acknowledging the brevity of time and the need to use our time wisely.  The most important thing we can do with our time is please God.  See Ephesians 5:15-17.

 

REJOICING THROUGH TIME - Vs. 14

The sooner we find the mercy of God in Christ, and are satisfied with that mercy all our days, the happier we will be! The word mercy here refers to God's love!  Let us always remember that nothing can separate us from that love!  Romans 8:35-39.

 

 

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Jeremiah 6:16-17

LET'S DO WHAT ISRAEL DIDN'T DO!

A POSSIBLE NEW YEARS MESSAGE

 

Israel was often a disobedient nation.

God sent prophets, such as Jeremiah to bring Israel back to Himself.

Israel would not listen.

Right now, God is calling us as Christians back to Himself.

To have revival, we need to do what Israel didn't do.

Can be used for a New Year message. Let's do better than Israel in 1998!)

 

ASK - "...ask for the old paths, where is the good way..."

 

ACT - "...and walk therein...Hearken to the sound of the trumpet"

(God's preachers are the watchmen, sounding the trumpet.)

 

ACCOMPLISH - "...and ye shall find rest for your souls."

 

AVOID (ignoring God like Israel did.) - "But they said, we will not walk therein."  "But they said, we will not hearken."

 

 

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Ezra 7:10

A NEW YEAR'S EXAMPLE

 

As we approach another New Year, it is always good to have an example follow. Consider Ezra the Scribe.

 

EZRA'S PURPOSE - "For Ezra had prepared his heart"

 

EZRA'S PURSUIT - " to seek the law of the LORD,"

 

EZRA'S PRACTICE - "... and to do it,"

 

EZRA'S PROCLAMATION - "... and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments."

 

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Psalm 84:10-12

LOOKING GREAT IN THE NEW YEAR

 

For a great New Year,

 

MAKE GOD YOUR HOME Vs. 10

MAKE GOD YOUR HELP Vs. 11

MAKE GOD YOUR HAPPINESS Vs. 12

( The word "blessed" means happy.)

 

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Proverbs 22:6 – etc.

IN TRAINING

 

As another year approaches, we must be aware that a church that is going to amount to anything for Christ must be a church that is well trained in the things of God.

 

TRAIN THE CHILDREN - Proverbs 22:6 - "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

The best time to train people is when they are young. We should take diligent heed to win children to Christ and to train them early in the things of God.

 

TRAIN THE CHURCH - 2 Timothy 4:2 - "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."

The church as a whole needs to be trained in the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16

 

TRAIN THE COMMITTED - 2 Timothy 2:2 - "And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also."

Pastors tend to spend most of their time with problem people who show little interest in Spiritual maturity. Paul instructed Timothy to invest his time and teaching talents in "faithful men". We should follow this instruction as well.

 

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Luke 12:35-40 – NEW YEAR

ON THE WATCH

(Can be used any time, but would make a nice possibility for a New Year sermon, especially at a watch-night service.)

 

THE ACTIVE WATCH Vss. 35-36

THE AWARDED WATCH Vs. 37

THE ALERT WATCH Vss. 38-40

 

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Luke 13:35-40

ON THE WATCH

(Can be used any time, but would make a nice possibility for a New Year sermon, especially at a watch-night service.)

 

THE ACTIVE WATCH Vss. 35-36

THE AWARDED WATCH Vs. 37

THE ALERT WATCH Vss. 38-40

 

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1 Corinthians 1:4-9

OUR FAITHFUL GOD – NEW YEAR – Preached before Y2K

 

It is dark most mornings when I get up. Imagine how surprised I would be if I got up one morning and switched on the light and nothing happened!  And imagine how disturbed I would be if there was no electric so my coffee maker could make my morning coffee. And imagine how uncomfortable I'd feel if there was no heat.  It is electricity that makes the heater work. Someone is faithful at the electric company!

 

We are dependent on faithful people.  We get in our cars and in our travels expect to find faithful gas stations, food stores, clothing stores, department stores, hardware stores, and restaurants, all providing the goods and services which we want or need.

 

We also expect to find faithful schools. Whether they be public schools or Christians schools, we expect them to provide education, guidance, and protection for our children. We assume that someone has been faithful to open the door of the school, faithful to see everyone has a teacher, faithful to take attendance, and faithful to see that all the supplies are provided.

 

We expect police departments, fire departments, and first aid squads to do their assigned jobs faithfully. We also expect that our friends and loved ones will be faithful in loving, in caring and being available when needed.

 

We live in a society in which faithfulness is assumed many times a day. We simply act if someone has done the job that needed to be done to keep us comfortable.

 

By now you know that there is some question about how faithful everything is going to be after the New Year.  You have heard some of the problems that people think we may have because of the Y2K computer glitch! Perhaps the electric will go off. Perhaps the banks will have a problem. Perhaps there will be a food shortage.  Companies have worked very hard, and spent a lot of money. Hopefully everything is going to be fine on January 1st.

 

As Christians we need to remind ourselves that no matter what happens on January 1st, or any time during the coming millennium, one truth will remain true. OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL!

 

Lamentations 3:22-23 - "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."

 

Consider that God is faithful to maintain the right orbit of this planet around the sun, so that it is consistent. Therefore we can depend, more or less, on the weather.

Consider that God is faithful to provide summer, winter, seedtime and harvest.

Consider that God is faithful to provide the rain, the snow, the sun and the moon.

 

God is indeed faithful! We, as Christians, however often fail to realize just how far this faithfulness extends. We know that God was faithful to send his Son to die for our sins. We know that God is faithful to give eternal life to anyone who asks, and we know that God is faithful in giving us His Holy Spirit when we come to Christ.

 

We are also aware that God has promised to take care of our needs.

But, beyond what we have just shared, most of us do not always see the faithfulness of God at work in our lives, even though it's there!

 

In this message we want to see OUR FAITHFUL GOD and the way he is working in our lives through His grace.  No matter what happens come January 1st, God will remain faithful in these ways.

 

In verse 9 we read, "God is faithful..."

I personally believe that these verses show us at least 5 ways that God is faithful to us who know Christ as Savior.

 

Vs. 4 - Introduces this passage. Paul gives us a good reminder.

He tells us that he continually gave thanks for the Corinthians. The Corinthians, questioned Paul's apostleship, permitted immorality in the church, were split their allegiances, and were Spiritually immature. And yet Paul was still able to give thanks to God for them. He gave thanks, not because he was happy with their problems, but because of what God had done, was doing, and would do in the lives of the Corinthians.

 

Specifically, Paul was thankful for the grace of God that was at work in the Corinthians' hearts and lives.

 

You and I will not agree with everything other Christians do, but we can be thankful when we see God's grace at work in the hearts and lives of others.

 

WE ARE ENRICHED BY HIS GRACE - Vs. 5

When someone is enriched, he is given riches. He is made wealthy.

Here, we are told that we are enriched by Him! We are made wealthy.

Notice how all-inclusive this is - in all things.

Not one aspect of your life is left untouched.

You've already heard the classic stories about people who were rich, but never claimed their riches.

All Christians are rich in Christ. Many have just not taken the time to discover and claim all their riches. 2 Peter 1:3, Colossians 1:10

In this verse we find ourselves enriched in two ways. We are enriched in utterance and knowledge. Both of these help us be the witnesses we need to be for the Lord Jesus. Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 3:15

 

WE ARE CONFIRMED BY HIS GRACE - Vs. 6

 

I have been confirmed twice in my lifetime.

When I was twelve years old, I took a course in the church I attended, and then a bishop came and laid his hands on me.

This meant that I was confirming the faith which someone else, my parents and Godparents, spoke for me when I was a baby.

 

There was only one catch. Although I had been christened and confirmed, I was still lost. I did not have the right idea of how to get saved and go to Heaven.

 

Then came my second confirmation. One night while listening to Billy Graham on the radio, I came to trust Christ as my Savior. At that moment I knew I was saved, and God began to bring about change in my life. Later I was Scripturally baptized by immersion.

 

The first time I was confirmed by man.

The second time I was confirmed by the grace of God!

The word confirmed means "settled, steadfast, solid".

And although some may doubt their salvation for a brief period, the one who is truly saved has assurance of knowing they have eternal life. Romans 8:16

 

WE ARE GIFTED BY HIS GRACE - Vs. 7

 

We are waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We do not know when He is coming back.

We do know, that He is coming, and He will come first for us, His church.

 

What are we to be doing until He comes?

We are to love one another.

We are to be meeting together.

We are to be celebrating the Lord's Table.

We are to be living Godly lives.

We are to are to be reaching out to a lost and dying world with the message of salvation.

 

All of these things require talent and ability that we don't naturally have. We couldn't save ourselves and we can't live the Christian Life without help.

 

Verse 7 is telling us that we are lacking no gift that we need in order to live for Christ. You might not have the same gift as someone else, or ability, but when it comes to Godly living, you have all you need. Ephesians 1:3

 

As you know God has provided many Spiritual Gifts and gifted people to the church. We find lists of these gifts in such passages as Ephesians 4, Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12.

 

God does not give all his Spiritual gifts to one individual, but He spreads them out. He may give the gift of preaching to one, and the gift administration to another. Also He might give still others gifts of helping, evangelism and giving.  I believe that God gives the individual church all the gifts necessary to get the job done.

 

WE ARE ESTABLISHED BY HIS GRACE - Vs. 8

 

The same God who confirmed your testimony within you, when you first came to Christ, will continue to confirm or establish you to the end. Here the word confirm means establish. One day we are going to stand blameless before God, not because we did something but because God was faithful in establishing us that way.

 

WE ARE INCLUDED BY HIS GRACE - Vs. 9

 

Notice that God has called us into fellowship with Him.

Fellowship here means partnership.

There is a oneness that takes place that joins us together,.

 

Have you ever thought of the Lord Jesus as your partner?

He would be senior partner for sure!

That where you go, He's there.

What say, He's there.

What you try to accomplish for His glory, He's there.

When you hurt, He hurts.

When you love the right things, He loves.

 

So, if Jesus is here, why not let the senior partner have control.

May it be that where you go, Jesus has taken you.

And what you say, Jesus is saying through you.

And what you try to accomplish for His glory, He has done through you.

And when you love, He is loving through you.

 

I do not know what is going to happen in Y2K, but I do know that my God is faithful!

 

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Philippians 3:17-21

FOR THE NEW YEAR! – NEW YEAR

 

As we face another year, these words of Paul are a good reminder for us to follow.

 

OUR CHALLENGE FOR THE NEW YEAR - Vs. 17 - Follow the example of Paul in Godly living and those who are also following his example. Paul and others were not perfect, but still excellent role models.

 

OUR CAUTION FOR THE NEW YEAR - Vss. 18-19 - Avoid following the example of those who are ungodly.

 

OUR CITIZENSHIP FOR ETERNITY - Vss. 20-21 - Our citizenship (conversation) is in Heaven right now.  We are away from home temporarily.  We should be looking for the coming of our Savior, who will transform our bodies to be like His.

 

 

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Hebrews 13:5-6

4 C'S FOR THE NEW YEAR – NEW YEARS!

 

As a New Year approaches this passage gives us some positive encouragement.

 

CONDUCT - "Let your conversation (manner of life) be without covetousness;"

 

CONTENTMENT - "... and be content with such things as ye have:"

 

COMPANION - "... for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

 

CONFIDENCE - "So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my

helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."

 

 

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Hebrews 12:1-2

FOR THE NEW YEAR

 

REMEMBER THE WITNESSES - "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses," (I believe that the witnesses are the men and women of faith found in Hebrews 11)

 

REMOVE THE HINDRANCES - "...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us," (The book of Hebrews stresses belief. I believe that the sin that easily besets us is unbelief. See Hebrews 3:12-13.)

 

RUN THE RACE - "...and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,"

 

REFLECT ON JESUS - "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."

 

 

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