New Beginnings Church NOTES
______________________________ Pastor Tom Matson
We Are Healed!
Renewed, Remade, Reborn
We have been given the greatest gift we could ever receive.
When we were dead in our lives, Jesus gave us the gift of new life!
He has saved us, forgiven us, healed us, redeemed us and sanctified and purified us.
John 3:1-21 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? 11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
He loves you enough to take care of all your other needs.
When I accept Jesus Christ, the big gift…
1. God gives me a new identity.
Where do you get YOUR identity?
*From their work,
*From their relationships, or
*From their possessions.
Never, never, ever, ever base your identity on something you can lose. Never.
The only thing that cannot be taken away from you is this:
God’s unconditional love.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is they let their failures define them.
They let their fears define them.
They let their faults define them.
They let their sins and their struggles define them.
You’ve got to start seeing yourself the way God sees you.
2. God gives you new ability…through His Spirit.
Not just a new identity, God gives me new ability.
You don’t need will power; you need God’s power.
Romans 5:5 “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
*It’s not about trying *it’s about trusting.
*It’s not about willpower, *it’s about God’s power.
*It’s not about guilt, *it’s about grace.
*It’s not about rules, *it’s about love.
Love is what changes us and the more I’m filled with God’s love the more power I have to change.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God does not give us a spirit of fear, but instead He fills us with power, love, and self-discipline.” (GNT)_
And that brings us to God’s third gift…the love received from the body of Christ.
1 John 4:7-16 God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
I have been RENEWED, REMADE and REBORN!!!
Jesus transforms lives from a lost existence through repentance and His forgiveness of sin. His grace and mercy from His gift of salvation is ready for anyone who is willing to trust in Him as personal Lord and Savior.
He can, and will, transform you today. Just ask, and you will receive. Amen.
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”(Acts 16:31)
God, I know that I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus died on the cross in my place. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him into my life as my Savior. I thank you for forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of your merciful grace, Amen
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