Make Change – Consistency

resolution – noun –
a firm decision to do or not to do something

resolute – adjective –
admirably purposeful, determined, unwavering

resolve – verb –
decide firmly on a course of action

 

The problem isn’t in trying to turn over a new leaf.
The problem is that we aren’t actually turning over new leaves but the same old leaf every year! 

Repentance is not a mental decision but also denotes action taken.

Ezekiel 14:6, 18:30; Isaiah 1:16-17

The true definition of “repentance”

 

THINGS WILL HAPPEN IN 2017,
SOME GOOD AND
SOME POTENTIALLY BAD

DIVORCE
According to research, Facebook is now cited in 1/3 of all divorce cases

14% of Brits have considered divorce because of spouse’s social media habits

33% of divorces in GB contained word “Facebook” in reasons to file for divorce

17% of one lawfirm’s clients said they argue daily about social media use

2/3 of US attorneys surveyed said they had used evidence from social media in divorce proceedings

 

BANKRUPTCY
According to US Bankruptcy Court,
5/10 top reasons for bankruptcy
are due to poor planning and spending!

 

BUSINESS FAILURE
According to SBA nearly all business failures occur due to poor decisions and planning

 

FAILURE AT SCHOOL
In one study, high parental involvement showed an increase of up to 2 grade points!

Students with above average grades spent at least 9hrs outside school in “high yield activities” while students in the lowest 25% spent more time “hanging out”

 

We can decide to have an awesome life but to actually achieve it takes consistency of effort!

1 Corinthians 9:24-25

 

FIVE KEYS TO MAKE CHANGE:

1. Plan To Succeed
Don’t just make a resolution, make a plan that is both consistent and long-term!

2. Make Right Choices 
Wake up and choose, every day!

3. Measure
When you’re struggling it isn’t easy to measure but that’s when it’s most important!

4. Move Into The Right Neighborhood 
1 Corinthians 15:33

5. Worship
Regular worship helps keep us focused!

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Hebrews 11:6

Romans 14:23
There is a connection between faith and pleasing God. Not just believing God exists but a faith that earnestly seeks Him!

Isaiah 58
God’s promises become our blessings
when our religion becomes more than a to-do list,
when our faith moves us to act!

It is not enough to do good, we must do good out of faith,
not just the letter of obedience but an attitude of obedience,
not merely seeking His benefits but seeking His heart,
not just performing acts of kindness but meeting needs!

At 12:30pm on Sunday many people’s worship is over for the week! And most people’s serving is, too!

Here are the 7 prayers I am praying over my church in 2017:

1. Remind us, it begins right here!
Church 29:11 exists to
1) Reach people, especially the unchurched and de-churched
2) Help one another become true disciples of Jesus

2. Help us take our commitment to finance and otherwise support this mission more seriously in 2017
We make the mission happen: supporting financially, serving, showing up, sacrificial support

3. Help us reach the next 180 who need to know Jesus

4. Lead each one of us to Own Our Growth
Bible Project

5. Lead us to welcome discipleship from one another

6. Open more doors in more communities and bless us with the necessary means to reach them!

7. Give us greater impact in our communities in 2017