What's New?

Acts 17:21; Eccl 1:9

Welcome to 1999! We have never been here before; It is a brand New Year! Isn't that exciting? But is it really new? Solomon wrote that there is no new thing under the sun.

Well, if there is nothing new under the sun, what about this New Year? I was all set for something new weren't you? Most of us are like the Greeks on Mars Hill that Paul writes about in the 17th chapter of Acts.

We want to hear something new. I am sorry to disappoint you this morning if you came to hear something new.

Oh, I have never preached this particular sermon outline before, but it isn't new. It may be arranged differently or presented in a new manner, but the message is the same. God tells us that He never changes. "For I am the LORD, I change not…" (Mal. 3:6a). The writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, never changes. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." (Heb. 13:8). If God doesn't change, and His living Word doesn't change, then the message of His written Word doesn't change either.

But, old things can become new! Much of this depends upon our approach and our attitude. The school kids collected stuffed animals to give to children this Christmas. Many organizations take old toys and fix them up to give as gifts. They are new to them! When we bought our car, it was a demo model, but it was new to us! Many other examples of this sort of thing could be given, but this morning I want to apply this type of thinking to some things that can and should become new in our lives today.

I. We Need a New Excitement Over Spiritual Things.

II. We Need a New Look at an Old Commandment.

III. We Need a New Burden.

What will the New Year bring to us? Much of that will be determined by our attitude toward it. Let's decide today to make some old things new! Come to Christ this morning. For salvation, for submission, or for surrender. It is time for a change in our attitude.