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January 1, 2017

  


   Sermon Title: Facing the New Year





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Philippians 3:12-14



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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11; Mark 6:45-50



Scripture Text: Philippians 3:12-14

"I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind & 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."



Facing the New Year

Some suggestions to help us be all that we can be in 2017.

Point I. RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF TIME

Illustration:
How do we value ONE YEAR? Ask a student who failed a grade.
How do we value ONE MONTH? Ask a Mother whose baby arrived prematurely.
How do we value ONE WEEK? Editor’s of weekly newspapers know.
How do we value ONE HOUR? Ask someone who lies terminally ill waiting for a loved one who is late.
How do we value ONE MINUTE? Ask someone who missed a plane, a train, a very important engagement that would never be rescheduled.
How do we value ONE SECOND? Ask an Olympic Medalist, someone who just missed having an accident, or someone saying “goodbye” to a loved one they will never see again.

The Bible also teaches us that life is uncertain. Time is like a valuable commodity in a very precious & delicate vessel. It might break at any moment & we might lose it all. So we have this moment. We don’t know anything about the future, but we have this moment & that is all that we really have.

Point II. DON’T BE IN BONDAGE TO THE PAST

We are special beings in that God has given us the ability to remember. Your memory may be your friend or your enemy. When you remember, hopefully you’ll remember some very pleasant things about this past year, but chances are that you’ll also remember some negative things.

Point III. WE NEED TO ESTABLISH A PRIORITY IN OUR LIVES

Paul says it this way, "This one thing I do." Paul obviously did more than one thing. He made tents. He preached sermons & established churches. He healed the sick. He wrote books. He did a lot of different things.

We’ve just gone through another Christmas season in which the world was reminded again that "God so loved the world that He gave His one & only Son." In His love, God offered us the most wonderful gift that we could ever receive.

Today God’s invitation is offered to any & all who would accept Him & receive Him as the Lord their lives. He came as a baby in the manger. But He also came as the Redeemer, & today He patiently waits for you. Will you come?

Will you allow Him to be the Priority in your Life???


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