Sermon on New Beginning: Embracing Repentance and Restoration

 "New Beginning: Embracing Repentance and Restoration"

The profound concept of a new beginning. Life often presents us with moments where we need a fresh start, a clean slate. Fortunately, as believers, we find our source of renewal in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. Let's delve into this theme through the lens of Scripture.

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I. The New Beginning comes from Repentance and Forgiveness (1 John 1:9)

Repentance is the gateway to a new beginning. When we acknowledge our sins, turn away from them, and seek God's forgiveness, we experience the cleansing and refreshing power of His grace. As 1 John 1:9 tells us, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

  • Three thousand changed their minds, hearts and wills on the day of Pentecost and immediately gave evidence of repentance (Acts 2:41-47).
  • Saul of Tarsus experienced repentance when he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus and gave evidence of repentance (Acts 9:1-22).
  • Cornelius, his family and friends repented when they heard the gospel preached by Simon Peter, and evidence of repentance followed (Acts 10:24-48).
  • The Philippian jailer and his house repented when they were witnessed by Paul and Silas; evidence of repentance followed (Acts 16:26-34).

II. The New Beginning comes with the Renewal of the Mind (Romans 12:2)

Transformation begins in the mind. When we allow God's Word to renew our thoughts and perspectives, we experience a profound shift in our lives. Romans 12:2 encourages us, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind." A renewed mind sets the stage for a transformed life.

Be renewed in spirit (EF 4:23)

It is no secret that Christians must undergo a transformation (metamorphosis) of the world. Paul in this very well-known passage is describing what this transformation involves (renewing our mind) and what it looks like. It changes the way we see things, the way we live and the way we behave.

  • Renew my mind every day by deciding to give myself to God Romans 12:1 II Corinthians 10:5 Ephesians 4:1
  • Renew my mind every day by deciding on paths and wisdom Romans 12:2 I Corinthians 3:19• James 3:13-16
  • Renew my mind every day by deciding to discern what God's will is Romans 12:2 Matthew 7:21 Hebrews 11:6 II Timothy 2:15

III. The New Beginning comes from Grace (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Our new beginnings are not dependent on our strength but on God's grace. In our weakness, God's grace is sufficient to carry us through. As 2 Corinthians 12:9 reminds us, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." God's grace empowers us to overcome obstacles and embrace new beginnings.

  • We must appreciate God's grace and mercy (Hos. 11:8; John 1:16; Romans 5:20).
  • The grace of God has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11).

IV. The New Beginning comes from Faith (Hebrews 11:1)

Faith is the catalyst for new beginnings. When we trust God's promises and step out in faith, we open ourselves to His transformative work. Hebrews 11:1 tells us, "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Faith fuels our journey toward new beginnings.

  • We need to focus on repentance and faith - Acts 20:21
  • You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians

V. The New Beginning Restores Identity (Ephesians 2:10)

In Christ, we discover our true identity. Ephesians 2:10 beautifully states, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." A new beginning restores our sense of purpose and identity as children of God.

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A new beginning is not just a chance to start over; it's an opportunity for God to transform us, renew our minds, and restore our identity. It comes through repentance, forgiveness, grace, faith, and the power of God's Word. As we embrace these truths, may we walk confidently in the new beginnings that God graciously provides. Remember, in Christ, every day can be a fresh start.

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