The year 2014 is winding down and 2015 is less than a week away. Over the next few days, you’ll probably be bombarded with a TON of New Years resolution posts and social media links. You’ll be inundated with a myriad of Bible reading plans to choose from starting on January 1. You’ll read on social media about how all of your friends will be starting to work out at the gym this year. You’ll read a lot of resolutions. And for pastors like me who read a lot of other pastor tweets and blogs, I’ll probably read all of Jonathan Edwards’ “resolutions” and everything he “resolved” to do. In short, there is a good chance you’ll be overwhelmed over the next few days with “X Ways To Have a Better 2015.”
So the last thing you need is another one of these posts. So, I’m not giving you one. But I am giving you something to think about as we enter into 2015.
If you are a Christian, you almost certainly and undoubtedly want to grow in your faith in Jesus in 2015. You should want to desire to be more like Christ this time next year than you are right now. If not, then you probably have some sin in your life that you need to turn from and ask forgiveness for while asking the Spirit to enable you to successfully fight temptation which usually comes from your own desires (even though we like to blame Satan A LOT – See James 1:14).
For a good portion of 2015 I am going to be preaching through the book of Acts. Acts is a record of the church’s early days. The believers that we find in Acts had a bold faith in Jesus; not faith in their own selves or faith in their faith (whatever that means). They had faith in Jesus. That He was worthy, powerful, and sufficient for what they needed. This bold faith that they had in Him enabled them to do great things for the kingdom of God. When we do great things for the kingdom we are usually dying to our own selfish and sinful desires, lifting up the name of Jesus, and bringing glory to Him wherever we go and whatever we do. The church we find in Acts exhibited a bold faith.
For the first three Sundays in January, I’m going to be preaching on how to have a bold faith. But before we can have a bold faith in Jesus, we must take the necessary preparations. This Sunday I’ll tell you several of the things that we can do to prepare to have a bold faith. To be prepared for this series, read, study, and meditate on the first two chapters of Acts for the next week or two. As always, if you can’t worship with us in person, our sermons may be found here on youtube. Looking forward to a great year in 2015 as we seek to be filled with a bold faith in Jesus!