The Church's New Year's Resolutions
Many make New Year's resolutions
       but few are kept
Many good intentions exist in the church
Like resolutions, few are followed through on
Some churches struggle with growth
Sometimes we're unsure how to
          proceed
We wonder how we can grow
We want to be growing,
 mature Christians in a
growing, mature church
We need to commit to
God's vision of maturity in
  both belief and action
If a church is not moving forward
       it is going backward
God gives us a vision for moving forward
Each of us needs to resolve to grow in
              maturity
Decide
Design
Do
Commit to a path of growth and
           maturity
Signs of a growing church
      (Acts 2:42-47)


       Discipleship
       Fellowship
          Care
        Outreach
You're either on the way
      or in the way
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The Church's New Year's Resolutions

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As we begin a new year, we should resolve to stay close to God's will for us. In Ephesians 4, Paul points out that God's will for the church is that the church grow in maturity. We need to believe and act in order to do so.

In Acts 2, we see an example of what a maturing, growing church did: they focused on discipleship, fellowship with each other, deep care for each other (even selling property to care for each other), and outreach in the community. As a result, God blessed them so they could continue blessing others.

Let us resolve to focus on those core doctrines in Eph 4:1-6 and on those core practices in Acts 2:42-47 to become the growing, strong, mature church God desires us to be.

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The Church's New Year's Resolutions

  1. 1. The Church's New Year's Resolutions
  2. 2. Many make New Year's resolutions but few are kept
  3. 3. Many good intentions exist in the church Like resolutions, few are followed through on
  4. 4. Some churches struggle with growth
  5. 5. Sometimes we're unsure how to proceed
  6. 6. We wonder how we can grow
  7. 7. We want to be growing, mature Christians in a growing, mature church
  8. 8. We need to commit to God's vision of maturity in both belief and action
  9. 9. If a church is not moving forward it is going backward
  10. 10. God gives us a vision for moving forward
  11. 11. Each of us needs to resolve to grow in maturity
  12. 12. Decide Design Do
  13. 13. Commit to a path of growth and maturity
  14. 14. Signs of a growing church (Acts 2:42-47) Discipleship Fellowship Care Outreach
  15. 15. You're either on the way or in the way

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