The Gift of New Beginnings

  • Mark and the God of The Second Chance
    (#01)

    Date: Jan 21, 2007

    God declares that we start today brand new in Christ. This reality is emphasized as the calendar starts over; communion also is a constant reminder of this promise - but as we will see today, the Gospel by Mark is from start to finish the Gospel of New Beginnings!

  • The Gospel of the New Beginning by Peter
    (#02)

    Date: Jan 28, 2007

    The Gospel by Mark is the premier book in God's Word about hope—hope for a new start, hope for complete forgiveness, hope in the God of the second chance.

  • Lessons Peter Forgot That We Must Never Forget
    (#03)

    Date: Feb 11, 2007 | Passage: 1 Peter 1:1-12

    The Gospel by Mark ends with a reminder of what Jesus left us to do for him here on earth. Simply stated Jesus says, “Go everywhere and preach the Gospel to everyone!”

  • Peter's Gospel of Changed Lives
    (#04)

    Date: Feb 11, 2007 | Passage: Mark 1

    Peter who fell into temptation and in fear for his own well being denied the Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ his Savior - was so completely restored and given a new beginning, that he stood up in front of thousands of people and charged them with the sin of denying Christ!

  • The Lesson Peter NEVER Forgot
    (#05)

    Date: Feb 18, 2007 | Passage: John 21

    Peter reached the bottom and came to his darkest hour. Alone and unprepared for temptation he forgot Christ's warnings and plunges into waters too deep for him. Drowning in fear, Peter succeeds in denying Jesus firmly and openly three times. But Jesus, who warned him, also prayed for him, and now comes to Peter and restores him, giving Peter a new beginning on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We have come to Peter’s final lesson, the one he never forgot. In fact, to the end of his life he was talking about Christ's wondrous love and forgiveness that restored, renewed, and allowed Peter back into ministry.

  • Peter Do You Love Me?
    (#06)

    Date: Mar 4, 2007 | Passage: John 21

    Jesus focused on just one point in His meeting with Peter - Peter do you love Me? That was the point about which Jesus wanted a response from his special servant today. Jesus had simplified the life of His disciples seven chapters earlier, on the way to Gethsemane. He had uttered those priceless words where He said that if they loved Him they would obey Him.

  • Humility, Jesus, and the Greatest Man Who Ever Lived
    (#07)

    Date: Mar 11, 2007 | Passage: Mark 1:1-8

    Though we may never get involved in witchcraft or sodomy - we will have a life long involvement with pride. No matter what else we do in your life, if humility is not ours then God will resist everything else we do. God is moment-by-moment in a personal warfare against pride in the life of believers. Pride is the sin God hates most, sees first, and wants us to likewise hate. It we are not consciously humbling ourselves daily, hourly, and moment-by-moment, then we are losing the battle with pride.

  • He Must Increase
    (#08)

    Date: Mar 11, 2007 | Passage: Matthew 1:11

    No matter what else you do in your life, if humility is not yours then God will resist everything else you and I do. God is moment-by-moment in a personal warfare against pride in the life of believers. It is the sin He hates most, sees first, and wants us to likewise hate.

  • Humility, Worship and Our Adversary the Devil
    (#09)

    Date: Mar 18, 2007 | Passage: 1 Peter 5:1-8

    Today we are God's servants and living a life that worships God. But while we are living a life of worship we are being stalked by the most deadly and harmful predator in existence. His name is Satan our Adversary. His goal is to devour us, making us stop serving and worshiping God. That is the warning we see in God's Word. And what does God say is our protection from being devoured? Of all things it is HUMILITY! Open with me again to I Peter 5.

  • Lessons In Humble Worship
    (#10)

    Date: Mar 18, 2007 | Passage: Revelation 4-5

    Resisting the devil starts with humility (a deep sense of my littleness and God's greatness). Pride opens the door of our lives to the devouring influence of Satan. That is the warning we see in God's Word. And what does God say is our protection from being devoured? Of all things it is HUMILITY!

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