Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1–14
A. Many of us will make resolutions to lose weight this year, to get out of debt, or to just be a better person.
B. As you contemplate the physical and financial changes you will make this coming year, don’t forget about spiritual ones.
I. Israel got a new beginning at Passover.
A. This grand even would mark the beginning of their year (Exodus 13:3–5; 12:2).
B. They got a new Master (Exodus 8:1; 4:22–23).
C. They got new responsibilities (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
II. There were several times when they needed a new beginning.
A. They rededicated themselves under kings Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:1–7) and Josiah (2 Kings 21–22).
B. They rededicated themselves when temple worship was restored (Ezra 10).
III. We get our new beginning when we are baptized into Christ.
A. We undergo a new birth (John 3:5–7; Titus 3:4–7).
B. We begin a new walk (Romans 6:4; 2 Corinthians 5:7).
C. We get a new master (Romans 6:16–18).
IV. Sometimes we need a new beginning as Christians.
A. Simon needed a new beginning (Acts 8:13, 18–23).
B. The Ephesians needed a new start (Revelation 2:4–5).
You can make this day the beginning of a brand new life.