New Years resolutions should start with God in mind. The first habit you would want to establish -before setting other new goals- is a habits that connects you with God. Pastor Bryce started out his sermon with pointing to Psalm 84. Take some time and examine this Psalm. What does it mean that God is our dwelling place? Write a few of your observations down.
Our new sermon series leads us into doing life WITH God. Pastor Bryce’s sermon helps us to get connected with God through the 5Cs of community.
- Regularly making a Connection with God – Talking to God in Prayer.
- Regularly being Cared for by God – receiving counsel or ministry from God.
- Regularly being Challenged by God – Hearing from God, through the word, Spirit leading.
- Regularly receiving Clarity from God – Receiving Discernment through the word or from the Spirit.
- Regularly Celebrating with God – Praising Him, being thankful.
This week’s sermon focuses on the first two Cs – Connection & Care
Connection WITH God
You might recall seeing the following two action steps in the bulletin. Use the two action steps to set your relationship WITH God on a good foundation. Literally, fill in the blanks and set this as a goal.
-> In the next 21 days I want to begin ______________________ to enhance my walk with God.
Both of these action steps connect you WITH God. Now it is time to practice them. Who will be your accountability partner to ensure that you follow through with these steps?
Write down that person’s name:
Being cared for by God
In the sermon you heard Bryce talk about the 5-minutes with God. When it comes to care, Bryce encouraged us to Be Still and Silent for a minute. To practice casting your care on Jesus.
Use the following Bible verses from 1 Peter 5:6-9. Underline the words that speak the most to you.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Through the Bible in one Year
Join us in reading through the entire Bible in one year. Each day of this plan guides you through passages from both the Old and New Testaments, allowing you to see connections between the history of our faith, and the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan. Readings average four chapters in length, so it is posible to do. When you use the YouVersion Bible App, you can even have the app read the Bible text to you – very useful when you are in the car or otherwise occupied with your hand.
All you need to do is click the link to the Bible Plan, which should lead you straight to the Bible app. Your two options are now (1) to read the plan on your own, one day at the time. Or (2) you can make it more fun and rewarding, by sharing the plan with one or more friends, and then even “Talk about it”.