New Year’s Resolutions

—2 Thessalonians 1:11–12

  • Andrew Fountain – Jan 3, 2016

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Top New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Read more books
  2. Less time on Facebook
  3. Save more money
  4. Lose weight
  5. Go travelling
  6. Sell old unwanted stuff on eBay
  7. Organise photos
  8. Less TV time
  9. Socialise more in real life rather than Facebook
  10. Drink less alcohol

Top Christian Resolutions

  • Pray more
  • Read through my Bible this year
  • Love people more
  • Evangelize more
  • Be more unselfish
  • Be a better employee
  • stop [xxx] sin

Improved Resolutions

  1. Recognize that apart from Jesus I can do nothing (John 15:5 - “I am the vine; you are the branches”)
  2. Pray for wisdom (James 1:5) for what resolutions, if any, God would have you make
  3. Pray for wisdom how to fulfill God’s goals for you
  4. Rely on God’s strength to help you
  5. Find an accountability partner to encourage you
  6. Don’t become discouraged by failures
  7. Don’t become proud or vain of success

Identity → Change

  • The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. [Rom 13:12]
  • I therefore… urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, [Eph 4:1]

Identity → Change

  • Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. [Php 3:12]
  • Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. [1 Ti 6:12]
  • Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. [1 Jn 4:7]

2 Thessalonians 1

  1. To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power,
  2. so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1

  1. even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
  2. he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the resolve of his will,
  3. making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose [resolution], which he set forth in Christ

Adopted at 17

Suggested Resolutions

  1. Think more about how much God loves me and promises to care for me
  2. Remember who I am now
  3. Depend on his strength to change me in 2016
    ”for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” [Phil 2:13]