With a new year comes a fresh opportunity to recommit to the things that matter. I can’t give you a chapter and verse from Scripture that commands us to make resolutions. But I do know that the turn of the calendar is a great time to reflect on our priorities. Moses prayed, “Lord, teach us to number our days, so we may apply our hearts to wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).
What does that look like for a follower of Jesus? I can’t tell you how to make your resolutions, but I’d love to offer a few suggestions:
First, you might commit to a Bible-reading plan. Reading Scripture on a daily basis is the way we spiritually nourish ourselves and hear the voice of God. Perhaps your Bible reading was sporadic and spotty last year. Maybe this will be the year you commit to a more regular reading rhythm. I’ve always found the tools on the Youversion Bible app to be helpful. There are hundreds of Bible-reading plans (and even alerts for your phone to help keep you on track!)
Second, you might commit to praying for God’s work through Green Hill. We have an excellent opportunity to come together, as a body of believers, through the 11:09 prayer ministry. If we believe God is active in our midst and if we believe we are the ones God is calling on mission to serve Mt. Juliet, this ministry will have to be fueled by prayer. The 11:09 ministry is a great way to commit to praying, once a day, for what God is doing through us at Green Hill.
Third, you might commit to studying and learning more about Jesus. A disciple is, by definition, a learner. To follow Jesus means we are committed to learning more about him and his plan for our lives. There are several ways to learn about Jesus—we all learn in different ways—but here are a few ways you can lean in this year:
- Sign up for our Essentials Bible study classes. These classes are designed to help you go deeper on some of the essentials of the Christian faith. Here are the classes for this next winter session:
- Essential Doctrines of the Christian Faith - led by Rob Boys
- Love Jesus more by learning about who He is. This is a fun and important study of the critical doctrines of the Christian faith. Cost: $10 (includes book).
- Missionary Living in a Mission Field World - led by Marty Duren
- Missionary living isn't just for those who move overseas, it is a way of life for every Christian. Learn practical steps to living on mission for God--in your own neighborhood.
- The Art of Forgiveness - Led by Troy Miller
- Forgiveness is easy . . . until we actually have to do it. Forgiveness, of deep hurts, is impossible, unless Christ empowers us with his love.
- Forgiveness: Breaking the Power of the Past – Led by Jackie Taylor
- This is a ladies Bible study beginning Monday night, January 9 at 6 pm
- In addition to these great studies, pick up a new book or two on Christian living or theology. Here are a few suggestions. You might even take a friend or two and read and discuss together.
- Knowing God by J.I. Packer
- The Whole Bible in 16 Verses
- A Reason for God Tim Keller
- Twenty Things Every Christian Should Know
- The Explicit Gospel – Matt Chandler
- Unparallelled – Jared C. Wilson
Fourth, you might ask the Lord to help find and engage some unchurched people in your neighborhood so they might hear the gospel. All around us are people who don’t know Jesus. God has sent us, on mission, to share the good news of the gospel with them, to let them know that they can be reconciled to God through Christ. Evangelism will only happen if we intentionally build relationships with un-churched people using our natural, God-given gifts. You might set a goal of one or two people you can meet, every month, for the purpose of sharing the good news.