The New Year is always a time of resolutions, promises to ourselves, and grand plans and designs for the year to come. What will you consider to be a success in 2015? A promotion? Losing those 10 (or 40) pounds? Less TV? More time with family?
Hey… all of those things are great. But what if we redefined success in terms of growing in our knowledge of and love for God. What if success was defined by relying on the Spirit of God in 2015? What if that relationship took preeminence this year? And what if the good news of the reconciliation we have with God through Jesus Christ became our life and our calling?
The 2015 theme at Old Powhatan Baptist Church is “We Have Good News.” The Gospel is just that… good news. But it is only good news if it is proclaimed.
Romans 10:13-15 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (14) How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? (15) And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
How will you commit to being a person and a family of the Good News in 2015? Will you join us in making these commitments?
PERSONAL DISCIPLESHIP PLAN
In 2015, I commit to make the Gospel central to my personal life by ___________________________________.
- Reading and meditating on the Bible (for a reading plan and motivation click here.)
- Listening to the Bible and/ or Christian books on my commute
- Praying with the Gospel in mind
In 2015, I commit to make the Gospel central to my family life by ___________________________________.
- Family Devotion times at least once a week (or more)
- Encouraging my children in the Gospel and sharing the Good News with them.
- Making family occasions/ celebrations/ holidays Christ and Gospel-centered.
In 2015, I commit to make the Gospel central in my church life by ___________________________________.
- Joining the church
- Volunteering in the children’s ministry
- Giving $5 more/ week to make sure the Gospel ministry thrives
In 2015, I commit to make the Gospel central to my personal relationships by ____________________________________.
- Honoring God first in a dating relationship
- Sharing the Gospel with a co-worker
- Praying for lost family and friends
In 2015, I commit to make the Gospel central to my life’s mission by ____________________________________.
- Going on a mission trip
- Praying for the nations daily. (a great tool is Operation World online)
- Giving sacrificially to missions
- Praying for missions and missionaries and for persecuted Christians
Share your commitments with someone and ask them to pray for you and keep you accountable. Then make the Good News KNOWN in 2015!
Related Event: Winter Bible Study will focus on The Gospel in Our Every Day Conversations. Come out and join us January 4-7 at 6:00PM.