The new year is here. Maybe you’ve decided on certain resolutions.
Here’s something worth resolving to do in the new year: rejoice in the Lord (Phil. 4:4).
But don’t just make a resolution to rejoice in the Lord. Make plans for how you can move in that direction, empowered by God’s Spirit.
To help church members make concrete plans, we recommend taking a few minutes to prayerfully consider some of the categories in this pdf. The document will put a number of helpful questions in front of you, such as, What will I aim to memorize from God’s Word? What big issues do I want to pray for consistently? How will I cultivate a lifestyle of worship? (And so on.) You don’t need to have a dynamite answer to every question on the list. But if the worksheet helps you identify 3 or 4 action steps that will help you to rejoice in the Lord more deeply in 2016 than in 2015, that would be a great win.
A Couple of Notes about Bible Reading Plans
At Redeemer we want to be people who treasure God’s Word.
Last year, many of us followed the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan to get through the Bible in a year. And for those of us who took that journey, it was deeply rewarding.
For many of us, the best plan is to do the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan again! For others, the best plan is to slow down and dig into one section of God’s Word for a few months. Or maybe it’s time to find a different type of plan.
If you would like suggestions in thinking about a different strategy for reading God’s Word this coming year, Justin Taylor’s Blog (at the Gospel Coalition website) has several suggested reading plans to consider.
What will your plan be? How does God want you to dig into His Word in the coming year?
Whatever plan you choose, get in the Word. And then drench your Bible reading with prayer and worship. And then watch your heart for God continue to grow in 2016, to the glory of our great Redeemer.