Are New Year Resolutions for Christians?

  • Published on January 1, 2017
    James Clark
    Senior Pastor

Instead of making New Year Resolutions, consider creating a pathway to spiritual growth through practicing the disciplines of the Biblical Christian lifestyle.

 

Consider the classic spiritual disciplines as described by Richard J. Foster in his book Celebration of Discipline:

 

INWARD DISCIPLINES

  • MEDITATION
  • PRAYER
  • FASTING
  • STUDY

OUTWARD DISCIPLINES

  • SIMPLICITY
  • SOLITUDE
  • SUBMISSION
  • SERVICE

CORPORATE DISCIPLINES

  • CONFESSION
  • WORSHIP
  • GUIDANCE
  • CELEBRATION

For additional consideration examine the spiritual disciplines as explained by Dallas Willard in his book The Spirit of the Disciplines:

 

DISCIPLINES OF ABSTINENCE

  • SOLITUDE
  • SILENCE
  • FASTING
  • FRUGALITY
  • CHASITY
  • SECRECY
  • SACRIFICE

DISCIPLINES OF ENGAGEMENT

  • STUDY
  • WORSHIP
  • CELEBRATION
  • SERVICE
  • PRAYER
  • FELLOWSHIP
  • CONFESSION
  • SUBMISSION

The spiritual disciplines are for those who have already established a relationship with God through faith in His plan for rescuing us from sin…trusting in and knowing Jesus the Christ. These are pathways of growth for the established Christian and should not be misunderstood as a pathway to seeking a relationship with God for the first time. This does not bring salvation or forgiveness of sins by creating a spiritual work ethic. Only the acceptance of Christ as my Savior can bring salvation and forgiveness, and a hope of eternal life. But once I know Him they can create a pathway to my growth and transformation.

 

To a New Year and the desire to bring glory to God!

 

“…whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB)

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