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A New Beginning with Your Bible (2 of 7)
Series: All Things New
Pastor Brad Whitt
INTRO: I want you to take God's Word this morning and be finding your place at what is almost the very center of your Bible if you will – Psalm 119, and this morning we are going to begin to move through a series of studies for the new year on what are known as the "Christian disciplines" that we have entitled "All Things New."
For those of you who weren't able to be here last week, in last Sunday's message I explained a little bit about what these Christian disciplines are. These are the basics of the Christian life. These are the fundamentals, if you will, of what it means to move and grow and develop and deepen in your walk with the Lord. Now, just in case you were to get the wrong impression, I said that these were fundamental; I didn't say that these were incidental. Gasoline is fundamental to your car being able to start or go anywhere, but it isn't incidental. Without it you're not going anywhere. So, what we want to learn over the next 6 weeks is what we can do to have a brand new beginning, a fresh start in 2006 with the Lord. And I believe that one of the best ways to do that is by going back to basics – bible study, prayer, serving, witnessing, giving, worshipping – and see what we can learn afresh and anew that will empower and encourage us to have a deeper and stronger relationship with the Lord in 2006.
I already know that whenever I do something like this in a congregation like this, there are always going to be two kinds of responses. The first is, "This is above me." Some of you are sitting there this morning thinking to yourself, "You just think that these are basic because you're a pastor. You do this for a living. God has given you super spiritual abilities to be able to read and understand the bible. You've got a dedicated line to heaven because you're a pastor." Listen, these spiritual disciplines aren't just for the pastor, ...
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