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No New Year Without a New You 2.0

How to Have a New You for the New Year and Have the Best Year of Your Life

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #147

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Every time a new year rolls around, people begin to think about things they can change in their lives. Some people say that they are going to lose weight and start eating healthy. Others say that they are going to go back to college or get out of debt. Some say that they are going to write a book or start their own business. And others commit to getting organized or spending more time with family and friends.

The start of a new year is indeed a great occasion to make a change in your life. I believe that God gives us such time markers as a way for us to stop, look back at our lives, and identify things that we can change for the future. However, many people focus on making only outward changes — changes that will improve the way they look, improve their standard of living, or improve how others see them. I believe that the best change you can make is a change from the inside out — a change of heart, spirit, and mind. In other words, a change that brings about a new you for the new year. For there cannot truly be a New Year for you if there is no new you for the New Year.

So, today, I want to share with you from the Word of God how you can become a new you as we head into the new year. In Second Corinthians chapter 5, Paul is writing to the Corinthian believers about the implications of Christ’s death. He emphasizes that Christ died for “all men”, so anyone can have a new life through Jesus Christ. Because of Christ’s death, salvation was not limited to the Jews, but was opened to everyone. This is good news for us today because it lets us know that anyone can have a great change in their life through the power of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Many people have found new life in Christ. Some famous people whom you have heard of, such as: singer Carrie Underwood, Super-Bowl winning football coach Tony Dungy, NBA player Kevin Durant, rapper LL Cool J, writer and news commentator Kirsten Powers, actor Blair Underwood, Olympic athlete Brady Ellison, Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, and PGA golf tour champion Webb Simpson, have all stated that the person who made the biggest difference in their lives is Jesus Christ.

I want you to know that you can join the likes of these and many other people by allowing Jesus Christ to make a new you for the new year and for your life beyond. How can such change come about?

1. First of all, to have a new you for the new year, you must be “in Christ.” Verse 17 begins with, “therefore if any man be in Christ…”

2. To have a new you for the new year, you must realize that you are a “new creature.” Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…”

3. To have a new you for the new year, you must put away all “old things.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch and Marvin Winans as they sing “All Because of Jesus” and Hillsong singing “Amazing Love”.


Sanya Richards-Ross: A Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Who Gives her Best for God (Gospel Light Minute #66)

Sanya Richards-Ross

Sanya Richards-Ross

She is a track and field athlete who was born in Kingston, Jamaica and competes internationally for the United States. She won an Olympic gold medal in the 4×400 meters relay at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. She also won an individual bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics for the 400 meters. In 2009, she became World Champion, winning a gold medal in the 400 meter race at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. Most recently, she won the gold medal in the 400 meters at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

She said of her faith in Christ, “I became a Christian when I was 12 years old. It was when I moved to Florida and started going to church consistently. Prior to moving to the States, I wasn’t exposed to Christianity much. But as soon as I got involved, I gave my life to Christ. I now go to church every Sunday that I am not traveling or competing.” On her life Bible verse, she said, “There are so many meaningful verses to me in the Bible, but I guess the one I say to myself most often is, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!’ That’s my favorite because on the track, I am usually trying to do things that have rarely been done before. I know that it’s only God that gives me the strength to accomplish these things. ”

She went on to say of her faith, “My faith keeps me grounded. People always ask me how come I’m so good, and even though I try never to overwhelm people with my faith, I always think to myself, how come God is so good. My faith also encourages me to give my best. I know that my talent is God’s gift to me, and how I use it is my gift to him.” She often encourages people by saying, “Continue believing and trusting in Christ. He will never leave or forsake you!” She openly gives God all of the credit for granting her the strength to attain amazing accomplishments as a Christian athlete. Her name is Sanya Richards-Ross.

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