New Year’s resolutions… we hear about them all this week. But what does it really mean? To RESOLVE to do something different in 2019.
Today we’re discussing some ideas for us to consider if we call ourselves Christians; people “of and for Christ.” What are some things we could resolve to do differently in 2019 as believers? Author and producer Phil Cooke offered some suggestions in an article this week where he challenged readers to do things that show we actually believe the Bible. Here are a few:
READ THE BIBLE: Research from the Center for Bible Engagement shows that engaging the Bible four or more times a week actually causes visible behavioral changes. But it also showed that only about 19% of church-going Christians read the Word daily and 40% said they read the Bible, “once a month, rarely, or never.”
The survey is revealing, and you can find it here: https://backtothebible.org/research
TAKE PRAYER SERIOUSLY: The research shows that only 63% of Christians say that prayer is essential. So think about what that means…more than a third of us think it’s not? Even when we attend church?
1 John 5:14: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
God delights in answering prayers that align with his will. But how do we know what God’s will is? The most reliable way to know is by reading his Word. As we seek God through Bible reading and prayer, we get to know his heart and gain wisdom and spiritual insight. This gives us a greater understanding of how to pray according to his will, and a greater chance of having our prayers answered.
Why would we not do this?
The next one…
BE THE CHURCH INSTEAD OF JUST GOING TO CHURCH: this means we get connected to church not just for what we can get out of it, but for what we can give back to it. Being a vital and supportive member of a local congregation. This also offers chances for us to serve. Hebrews 10:25 reminds us to “not neglect our meeting together, but encourage one another.”
Here’s one you may not have thought of…
BE MORE MINDFUL OF SOCIAL MEDIA: what does this mean? It means that we take it seriously. How we consume it and how we contribute to it. Don’t be the critical and judgmental one. Sometimes we also pass on information without verifying its truth or authenticity. Try not to undermine the work of the gospel with the way you are using your social networks.
Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd