When the calendar changes to a new year, we tend to reflect on the past year and look towards the new year. In these sermons, we look at New Years resolutions from an eternal perspective.

To Live like Today is My Last

January 5, 2020

Jonathan Edwards’ Resolution 7, “Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.”

Do you ever think about that? What if today is my last? What if what I’m doing right now is the last thing I do? It can be a haunting question. What’s even more amazing is today could be the last, we couldn’t know otherwise. So how can we be sure that we aren’t wasting our time. That’s the real question, am I doing something worth doing, am I living out my purpose?

We can find certainty in this by imitating Jesus as we see in Ephesians 5.

To Live on Purpose

December 30, 2018

Jonathan Edwards’ Resolution number 6, “Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.”

We often feel like we are living on rollercoaster. Life comes at us with ups and downs and we do our best to react before we crash and burn. This is how most of us live, reactive. So very few of us live proactive lives. To be proactive means to create a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened. But this isn’t our typical story, we normally live a life of responding to adversity. Don’t you wanna feel like you’re not just going through the motions? Don’t you want to live your life more intentional? Do you want to feel like you making an impact? Self-Helps give some good advice to be proactive, things like: know your why, set big goals, embrace discomfort, and get organized. These are good helps and are part of the process but the real goal that gives our lives both purpose and intent is found in Christ Jesus.

To Live for His Glory

December 31, 2017

“Resolved:  I will DO whatever I think will be most to God’s glory; and my own good, profit and pleasure, for as long as I live. I will do all these things without any consideration of the time they take.  Resolved: to do whatever I understand to be my duty and will provide the most good and benefit to mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I encounter, and no matter how many I experience or how severe they may be.” – Jonathan Edwards (Resolution 1)

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus was asked to explain the greatest of the commandments and He summarizes all of the commandments in two phrases. When we live by these two commands, we live our lives for God’s glory. How can we live our lives for God’s glory? The text gives two ways to live for God’s glory.