It’s 2016, so now what?

It’s 2016, so no what?

Instead of new years resolutions that we won’t keep because “the spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak” (Mk 14.38), how about asking yourself some questions. Questions makes us think and demand an answer – both of which are better ways to actually do something new than vague aspirations like “read my bible more”.

how will you redefine yourself in 2016?
God has shown His great patience with us from the very beginning of the bible, allowing us second chances. We should take the opportunity to THINK DIFFERENTLY about how we answer the question “who am I” – and to ground that answer in our true identity, and remember it each day:
We are:
  • citizens of God’s kingdom – it gives us purpose, Paul reminds that being a citizen means being someone that works for the kingdom

“These only [are my] fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.” (Col 4.11) 

  • sons and daughters in God’s family – adoption begins with someone (in this case God) desiring someone else (us)
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ (Gal 4.4-6)

 

  • members of a living body

From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. (Eph. 4.16)

here are some questions that will help you think about how you can live out this new identity in 2016:
  • what is SPECIFIC WAY that you can be a blessing to your pastor in 2016
  • what SPECIFIC person will you disciple in 2016?
  • what NEW thing will you do to strengthen a ministry of this church in 2016?
  • what one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better in 2016

    Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them. (Is. 31.16)

  • what area of your life most needs simplifying in 2016

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, (Heb 12.1)

  • what one thing do you most regret about 2015, and what will you do about it in 2016

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, (Phil 3.13)

  • what one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better in 2016

Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them. (Is 34.16)

  • how are you going to grow closer to the Lord in 2016?
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. …
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (jn 17.3, 21)