Making Good Plans for 2017

Making Good Plans for 2017

2017, here we come.

Maybe you’ve decided on certain resolutions.

Here’s something worth resolving to do in the new year: rejoice in the Lord always (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 work through this pdf that can help you consider plans for discipleship. 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?

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 2017, 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.

Over the years, we have often recommended the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan to read through the entire Bible in a year. For many of us, this is the best plan to go deeper in discipleship this coming year.

For others, the best plan may be 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 2017, to the glory of our great Redeemer.


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