God always uses five factors to grow and shape us, but our hearts need to be responsive to what He’s doing in order for us to really grow. In this message, Pastor Brandon Cox talks about preparing our hearts for a whole new year of growth.
2012 was an awesome year for Grace Hills! Angie and I arrived in northwest Arkansas with a big dream and have continued to be amazed at the great things God has done this year. We launched on January 15 with 176 people in attendance, far exceeding our goals and expectations. And in the last year, we’ve baptized 30 people, launched more than a half dozen Grace Groups, and have performed hundreds of hours of service to the northwest Arkansas community in partnership with local organizations. It’s been a good year – a year to celebrate – so glory to God!!
As a Pastor, I’ve always gotten excited about January 1. Everybody is busy at Christmas and while it’s a great time for outreach, it’s also a great time to get distracted from kingdom growth. January provides a month when people are calming down, seeking peace, and making fresh starts and new commitments. It’s the perfect time to challenge a congregation to go forward.
This is based on my sermon for New Year’s, which comes from [youversion]2 Timothy 2:21[/youversion] and surrounding verses.
Donald Whitney has a way of putting things in perspective. He’s listed 31 great questions to ask at the beginning of each new year. Here are my favorites…