This New Year

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Our new year is well underway. By now, statistically speaking, most folks who have made a New Year’s resolution have already given up or are about to. It does seem a bit distressing that we spend so much time identifying the areas we need to change or improve but abandon our hopes and goals so easily. While there may be valid reasons we do so, as a believer in Jesus and the Bible, there is no reason for accepting spiritual failure. He has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, 2Pt. 1:3. It is clearly stated (2Pt. 3:18) and implied in many passages, that our walk with the Lord is to be one of continual growth.

One avenue of continuing that growth is the memorization of God’s word. Each year, here at First Baptist, we have an annual theme for the teaching and preaching with a corresponding monthly memory verse. Our theme this year is The Hope of Glory. Of course the reference is to the hope we have in Jesus Christ and the future glory that we shall share with Him (Titus 2:13; Rom. 8:18).

Our memory verse for this month is quoted above. Of course Bible memorization is not just a simple discipline like memorizing the lines of Shakespeare in grade school. Rather Bible memory is to:

  • insulate us from the temptations of sin – Psalm 119:11
  • illuminate for us the path we ought to take – Psalm 119:105
  • instruct us along the way of life – Psalm 119:130
  • enable us to effectively serve the Saviour – 2Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17

Each verse of God’s work encapsulates nuggets of truth not just to memorize but to be infused in our living. Take the current verse we are memorizing, Colossians 1:27. Several wonderful truths are in this verse.

  1. The use of the word Gentile, while specifically would refer to non-Jews, is probably intended to be a broad reference to those that have not trusted in Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Remember the church in Colossae would have primarily been a church filled with Gentiles and here Paul is making a distinction between Gentiles in those who have trusted Christ. These Gentiles stand in need of the hope available in Christ.
  2. The hope, of course, rests in Jesus Christ and the finished work of Calvary.
  3. This hope, though residing in Jesus, must be seen in the life of the saints. So, in a very practical sense, the christian shows the hope of glory. Am I living in such a fashion?
  4. The truth of this great treasure (2Cor. 4:7) is what the Father is revealing to the christian. We reflect the value of Christ to those that need Him most. Am I helping or hindering?

Let me encourage you to memorize the Word. Not just to recite it, but to KNOW IT AND LIVE IT!

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The New Year

As I write these thoughts the New Year’s Day is fast drawing to a close. Many have already made their resolutions for 2016. While, normally, such resolutions only serve to give us a false sense of determination, it doesn’t have to be so for a Christian. That is, if your choices for the new year are in light of your relation to Christ and submission to His spirit. He promises to enable us to live and walk in the power of the Spirit (Gal. 5:16). Let us as children of the heavenly father resolve to depend upon His enabling for this new year that we may finish it well and not with regret.
Last year, here at First Baptist, our theme was “Joy in Jesus.” My final sermon to our church family was entitled “Finishing with Joy.” I would like to share it with you. May the Lord be even more real to you this year!

In His Service,
Pastor Widdis

Published in: on January 2, 2016 at 1:00 AM  Leave a Comment  
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