How to Start your Life Over 2018
How to Start Your Life Over
United Christian Church
2851 Sevier Road
Marietta – NY 13110
Sermon Notes On Website
January 14th, 2018
Front Cover: 2 Timothy 2:15
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker
who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
Inside Cover : 1 Chronicles 16:10-11
10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
11 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Today’s Sermon – How to Start Your Life Over – John 3:1-16
Jesus Teaches Nicodemus
3 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]”
4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c]must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]
9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[e] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[g]
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Opening Thoughts by Pastor Hal
Introduction: In today’s scripture we’re going to discover three steps you can take to start your life over (This New Year). Jesus is quite categorical here. A person cannot become a Christian unless he or she is what? Let’s discover the “What” together.
Moment of Prayer: Please Open our Eyes to See, Our Ears to Hear, and Our Heart to feel your Love for Us. Thank you Lord for your blessing each and every day. Amen.
[-] Start your Life Over by having your own private talk with Jesus. John 3:1-2
[-] Start your Life Over by understanding your need. John 3:1,3-4,6,10.
[-] Start your Life Over by responding to Jesus’ invitation. John 3,5,15; Matthew 27:45