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Spiritual Disciplines Overview

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This week we will begin a new Sermon Series titled: Spiritual Disciplines. We will spend the next six weeks looking on the spiritual disciplines of our faith. Each of these disciples are vital to our personal spiritual development and our corporate health as a congregation. We will address the following disciplines:

Spiritual Disciplines of a Growing Follower:

Bible Reading/Journaling – January 7 – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Prayer – January 14 – Matthew 6:9-13
Fasting – January 21 – Matthew 6:16-18
Community – January 28 – Hebrews 10:19-25
Worship – February 4 – John 4:1-30
Service – February 11 – 1 Peter 4:1-11

I am excited about the next six weeks, I hope you will begin to ask the Lord to speak to you concerning how you can make changes in your life in the area of discipline. Here is a little more info about our series.

The Big Idea:

Our Faith is a Faith of effort. We must be diligent in the spiritual disciplines offered in the Word of God if we are to grow as followers, the end of which is the Glory and pleasure of God.


Point of Decision:

We must be drawn to a point of determining to participate in the disciplines of our Faith to experience Spiritual Growth.


Central Verse:

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. – Philippians 2:12-13

 

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2018 Resolutions

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The question of whether or not one should set New Years resolutions is one I have each year. I think the aversion to setting resolutions, for me at least, is that I have yet to keep one. I have yet to resolute and maintain that commitment for the next 365 days. This is probably true for all of us. We planned to weigh less, to have more money and to be more committed this time last year than we actually are today. So, we decide - I am just not going to set any resolutions, I refuse to set new goals. I think this is the wrong conclusion, I think we should continue to set goals for ourselves, so this year I will again set some resolutions, I have determined to set three. Let me share them with you briefly:


1: I resolve to continue to grow in my personal relationship with Jesus.

This ought to be the goal of every believer, every day. I want to be more like Jesus today than I was yesterday, on a continued journey of sanctification. This growth occurs as we read His word, as we spend time allowing Him to speak to us and as we continue in constant communication with Him. As I commit to these disciplines, I will see my personal relationship with Jesus continue to grow.


2: I resolve to be more committed to fewer things.

So many of us are overcommitted. We are committed to so many activities that we are not worth much to any of them. I am committed to narrowing my focus and committing deeply to those that are the most important to me. This requires that I evaluate the activities that keep me busy. The priority has to be Family, following Family it should be Church. Then all others should fall in line. I want to be effective in what I do, so I will be more committed to fewer things.


3: I resolve to be more generous.

Every year I look back on the gifts that we were able to give to our church, to parachurch organizations that we as a family support and even to individuals that we like to give blessings. Every year I am amazed that we never went without even though we gave 'thousands' to others. As a matter of fact it seems that my life is blessed as I see others ministered to by the gifts that I give. This is a small blessing to being generous. But, I resolve to being more generous, because it is an expectation of God.


Here are my three resolutions for 2018. Do you have any resolutions?

Leave your comments and resolutions below.

I pray you have an amazing 2018!

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