It’s hard to believe, but 2018 has come to a close and 2019 is revving up. As we approach the New Year, it is a good time for reflection, evaluation, introspection, and resolution. In fact, many of us participate in the tradition of setting New Year’s Resolutions. If you do this, you should be encouraged by statistics that reveal that you are 10 times more likely to succeed with a goal when making a resolution. So, resolution away in 2019!

The most common New Year’s Resolutions are to lose weight, exercise more, or to quit a bad habit (such as smoking). Other popular resolutions include reducing debt, saving money, getting a better education, or reducing stress. Another common resolution is to do something you have always wanted to do, like taking a special trip.

As Christ followers, we should include resolutions involving spiritual growth and ministry. Some important options include resolving to have a regular quiet time, to read through the bible, to participate in a mission trip, to spiritually mentor a friend, to begin to tithe, or to start serving on a missions and ministry team. All of these are wonderful resolutions to consider.

One of my resolutions for 2019 is to lead our church in focusing on discipleship. According to Jesus, making disciples is the ultimate mission of the church, so we must always keep this goal front and center. Our sermon series for the spring and fall will examine key passages of scripture that teach important discipleship concepts. One resource that we will utilize is a workbook called Discipleship Essentials written by Greg Ogden. The workbook will coincide with our sermons.

One of your resolutions might be to purchase the workbook and do the weekly lesson prior to the sermon. Additionally, some of our small groups will be using the workbook as well. This would allow for an integrated study – do the weekly workbook assignment on your own, listen to the sermon based on a key bible passage in the lesson, and then attend a small group that is discussing how to apply the principle(s) in the lesson. If interested, workbooks will be available in the church office by January 15th. Small groups will start on January 20th.

So, a new year and a new beginning. My prayer is that 2019 will be a wonderful year in the Lord.

Happy New Year – Your Pastor,

Scott

PS – One important change for 2019 is that our Family Matters Newsletter is going to a monthly format. So, please hang onto this newsletter as it provides the calendar events for January 2019. The pastor blogs will continue to be posted each week on the website. In addition, there will be a special letter sent weekly to our Faithful Servant members and to those who cannot regularly attend Calvary’s services. This letter will include the articles that I write each week along with events and information pertinent to our Senior Adults.

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