As the New Year comes into full swing, so follow all of its resolutions. Resolutions in-and-0f-themselves are not bad things. However, will they truly change us? Will our failed resolutions provide enough guilt and shame to propel us to a better version of ourselves in 2017?
Selected Scriptures. There is the a reality and result to our sin. It is with us, and it will kill us. We need someone outside of ourselves to provide a way of escape from this death. Our Rescuer has put death to death.
Hebrews 11:39-12:2. When believers are discouraged and distracted by this world, what is the shot of gospel motivation we need to continue to run our race?
Romans 7. The struggle for the believer is knowing and loving God, yet still stumbling into sin.
When Jesus comes to us, where are we going?
Psalm 73. In a transparent picture of humanity, the psalmist shows us how easy it is to fall in the trap of coveting the prosperity of the wicked, yet our hope is not in these temporal things.
1 Samuel 17. Often we read the story of David and Goliath and wrongly assume that we are the hero in the story. This leads to missing the point, Jesus is the hero of every story!
1 Corinthians 1-3. The church in Corinth was sliding off into two extremes: legalism and license. Paul brings them back to the gospel, where true unity and community is found.
Hebrews 2:14-18. Jesus’ resurrection from the grave shows us that he conquered many things: Satan, sin, and death. He is risen!
Romans 1:18-32. Easter isn’t as beautiful, sweet, and loses the weight of glory when we don’t understand the great lengths that God went to because of our sin to offer salvation.