A Fresh Start: Sermon Series, Jan 1-8


“God does not hold us to a past that we cannot change, but opens up for us a future in which we can be changed.” – Brian McLaren

At the beginning of a new year, we are often looking for a fresh start in some way. However, attitudes of shame, regret, and nostalgia can keep us locked into the past, unable to take the steps forward we really need to take.

In this short two-part sermon series, we’ll look at how these internal obstacles can keep us from moving forward as individuals and as a church into the future God has for us.

Jan 1st

Main Theme: Shame infects many of us, making us feel not worthy of self-care and self-compassion. Shame keeps us from forgiving ourselves as God forgives us. In this message, we’ll explore the difference between guilt (sometimes helpful) and shame (never helpful), and see how the message of Jesus can help us leave behind shame so we can go forward with God and get on with our lives in a better way.

Focus Scripture: Luke 15:11-32; 1 John 3:20

Jan 8th  

Main Theme: We often relate to the past with either an attitude of nostalgia or regret. We want to go back because it was so good and we want to recreate it, or we want to go back because it was so bad and we want to change it. These attitudes often keep us from embracing the present and opening ourselves to the gifts of the future. In this message, we will explore several biblical stories and passages that encourage us to relate to the past in healthier ways

Focus Scriptures: Exodus 16:1-3; Numbers 21:4-9; 2 Kings 18:1-4; John 3:14-15




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