#1: Reject conformity by reading and obeying Gods Word.
VS 2 says: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Reject conformity, reject being like everybody else. Get in God's word to be made into his likeness, not the image the world has established for you. God will use His Word in your every day life to direct your paths and make you holy and acceptable to Him. So church… in the new year, GET IN THE WORD.
#2: Humbly submit to and obey every truth you learn this year.
VS 3 says: For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
God has opened your heart, mind and life to faith. This verse is calling you to live that faith every day. Don’t trust in yourself to make decisions but humbly seek and trust in God guidance, especially truths you gain in His Word.
#3: Be intensely committed to your church.
VS 4&5 say: For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
God has lead you to Hope Church. You are one of the parts of this body.. an individual member of the whole church. You need the church to function rightly and the church needs you to function rightly. Faith family, lets commit to one another and to the mission of Jesus together.
#4: Use your gifts to serve the church.
VS 6-8 say: Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
There are many ways to use your gifts to build up the church. You can use them in your Hope Community to serve other members and to serve the community. You can also use your gifts to serve in some way on Sunday’s. Lets get busy serving one another and our city as gifted people!
Four New Year’s Resolutions that EVERY Christian MUST make in order to obey Romans 12. Over time these resolutions will change you. You will become more like Jesus, wiser, more connected in the church and more useful in the kingdom of God.