New Year, Same Promises

“New Year, new you”: this is the message we get from pop culture, year after year.  We vow to make changes to our diet, exercise habits, or lifestyle, but in spite of those resolutions, most things stay the same.  This may be cause for disappointment, but there is some consistency we can celebrate.  God’s promises to us do not change with the calendar or the latest fitness trend.  Rather than focusing our energy and attention on making (and in all likelihood breaking) promises to ourselves, let’s spend the first part of the new year appreciating God’s unbreakable promises.

Sermon Title Focus Scripture Theme
January 12 God’s Promise of New Life Ps. 29; Matt. 3:13-17 Through the waters of baptism, we are given new life.
January 19 God’s Promise of Faithfulness Ps. 40:1-11; 1 Cor. 1:1-9 God is faithful, even when we are not.
January 26 God’s Promise of Ministry Psalm 27:1, 4-9; Matt. 4:12-23 God’s calls and equips us to serve the kingdom
February 2 God’s Promise of Blessing Ps. 15; Matt. 5:1-12 The promise of the Beatitudes is for something good to emerge from the dust of something not good.
February 9 God’s Promise of Guidance Ps. 121:1-10; Matt. 5:13-20 How do we live in response to the gift of grace?
February 16 God’s Promise of Freedom Deut. 30:15-20; Ps. 119:1-8 The choice is ours: life or death?

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