Happy New Year!

John 3:3; Romans 6:4; Philippians 3:13-14

  1. Introduction

 

 

 

    1. The greeting of the season

 

 

 

    1. Countless greeting cards sent through mails
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    3. Salutations and celebrations

 

 

 

    1. The New Year is not really new

 

 

 

    1. While thousands will shout "Happy New Year!" they will awaken to the same old burdens as before
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    3. Instead of a happy new year, for many it will be a terrible hangover
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    5. There is no magic hour at midnight that suddenly ushers in utopia

 

 

 

    1. What makes a new year happy?

 

 

 

  1. Body

 

 

 

    1. The new birth (John 3:3-5)

 

 

 

    1. Necessity of the new birth
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    3. Many have dreamed of the opportunity of starting over again.
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    5. What the new birth is not:

 

 

 

    1. It is not baptism
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    3. It is not reformation

 

 

 

    1. The new birth takes place upon receiving Christ by faith (John 1:12; 3:16)

 

 

 

    1. The new walk (Romans 6:14)

 

 

 

    1. There is no one more miserable than the believer who doesnít live right
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    3. Let us see the contrast between the old walk and the new

 

 

 

    1. The flesh and the spirit (Galatians 5:16-23)
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    3. The walk before and after for the Ephesian Christians (Ephesians 5:1-16)

 

 

 

    1. The difference between day and night (Romans 13:11-14)
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    3. To practice the new walk, you must feed the new man (II Peter 2:1-3)
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    5. To practice the new walk, you must reckon yourself dead with Christ and alive with him (Romans 6)

 

 

 

    1. The new goal (Phil. 3:13-14)

 

 

 

    1. Paulís past goals
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    3. Your past goals
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    5. Paulís past sins and failures
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    7. Paulís past victories
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    9. Paul willing to forget all that may hinder him in his life for Christ
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    11. Do you have a new goal since becoming a Christian?

 

 

 

    1. Does that God have priority in your life?
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    3. Are you willing to forget the past in order to reach your goal?
  1. Conclusion

 

 

 

    1. Awful results of neglecting this truth

 

 

 

    1. No new birth Ė soul lost
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    3. No new walk Ė testimony lost
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    5. No new goal Ė rewards lost

 

 

 

    1. Practical results of acting on this truth

 

 

 

    1. Salvation, separation, dedication
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    3. The joy of living in the center of Godís will