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New Year / New You in 2024 (2 Peter 1:1-12)

INTRO

  • All IN in 2024

  • Doing things differently as we start a new year.

  • Growing and changing into the likeness of Christ. (Progressive Sanctification)

  • Personal Accountability for better results.

  • If we keep doing the same thing, then we will continue to get the same results.

REJOICE IN THE ASSURANCE OF YOUR SALVATION – vv. 1-2

  • To those we have obtained a faith

  • Repentance and Faith

  • Saving faith

  • By the righteousness

  • Saved by Him. Us nothing. His everything.

  • Grace and peace multiplied in the knowledge

  • His grace and peace… as we mature in Him

LIVE OUT A BIBLICALLY FOCUSED LIFE – vv. 3-4

  • What I can control.  My responsibility.

  • Big Circle and Little Circle (me and GOD)

  • Latch onto His divine power

DAILY CHECK YOUR HEART – v. 5-12

Progressive Sanctification – The believers lifelong process of growing and changing into the likeness of Christ.

  • God’s Presence, Power, and Provision

  • Our Devotion, Desire, and Diligence

Notice the text:

  • Make every effort

  • Be the diligent

  • Confirm your calling and election

  • For if you practice these things

My daily goal should be maturity. Daily growing and changing toward Christlikeness. Daily checking my heart

  • He has done His part.

  • Am I doing my part? (Personal Accountability Questions)

PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY QUESTIONS

  1. Do I spend daily time in the Bible and in prayer? Do I meditate on the things of the Lord throughout the day?

  2. Do I enjoy corporate worship within the body of Christ? Is my church attendance consistent?  Am I involved with a group of believers that are encouraging me to grow and change daily?

  3. Have my thoughts been pure?  Do I expose myself to things that are not holy and pleasing to the Lord?

  4. Have I been completely above reproach in my financial dealings?  Is my giving to the Lord’s Church a direct reflection of His daily provision and blessings upon my life?

  5. Have I spent quality relationship time with my family and friends?

  6. Do I do 100% of my best at my job, school, and etc?

  7. Have I told any half-truths or outright lies, putting myself in a better light than those around me?

  8. Have I tried to encourage someone with the message of Christ this week?  Do I regularly invite people to church?  When was the last time I told someone my STORY?

  9. Have I taken care of my body through physical exercise which includes proper eating and sleeping habits?

  10. Have I allowed any person or circumstances to rob me of my joy?

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