Better, Part 1: Do This One Thing (Jeff Henderson)
Many of us want this year to be better than last year. We start off with good intentions by making a commitment to improve but inevitably end up not following through. There’s got to be a better way, right? A perfect year may be impossible. But a better year is possible.
When God's strength consistently meets our weakness, we grow. By admitting your weakness and asking God for help, this year can be better. Choose someone this week to talk to one-on-one about your area of weakness. Ask them to pray for you as you learn to rely on God’s strength to help you.
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Better, Part 1: Strength in Weakness (Gavin Adams)
Is is possible to have a better year this year? How do you make that happen?
Fast forward six months from now. Wouldn’t it be great to say that this year has been muuuuch better than last year? There are lots of different strategies to make that a reality. But God invites us to be consistent in our faith in Him to yield actual results. That would require us to trust God with our weaknesses instead of trying to overcome them by ourselves. It’s what the apostle Paul means when he says, “when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Better, Part 2: The Banana King (Andy Stanley)
Most of us want this year to be better. But “better” requires a bit of honest and awkward evaluation. So what are you holding onto that’s holding you back? If you’re holding onto something that’s making a monkey out of you, maybe it’s time to let go of the banana and run away!
If you really want this year to be better, take this challenge: Ask someone, “Am I holding onto something that’s holding me back? Am I holding onto something that’s holding us back?” In addition to letting go of what’s holding you back, take hold of the one that can bring you back—Jesus.
Romans 6:16-17 ; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Better, Part 2: My Big Mess (Gavin Adams)
Making this year better can be easy when life is going pretty well, but what do we do when life is a mess?
It can be easy to think that God is only interested in the neat areas of our lives. But God believes you are worth loving - all of you. Nothing in your past has excluded you from God’s grace. Nothing you’ve done is too big for God to forgive. We can trust that better is possible for everyone because grace is available to everyone.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Better, Part 3: Again is a Gain (Jeff Henderson)
We are all hoping for a better 2019. But “better” requires something from us. Commitment will get you to the starting line. Consistency will get you to the finish line. Persistency will keep you moving forward. As you commit to consistency this year, you will run into obstacles. How can you persist through those obstacles to achieve the goals God has given you?
Consider the goals and dreams God has placed on your heart for something better this year. There is no guarantee things will happen when and how you desire. But you can be assured that God has your best in mind and will work according to his timing. Take a few moments to write out a prayer you can pray every day this year. Ask God to give you the strength and faith you need to continue the pursuit.
Luke 18:1-3, Luke 18:1, Luke 4-8
Better, Part 3: Better Than Better (Gavin Adams)
What if this year was not just about becoming better, but about becoming greater? What would that kind of change look like? Jesus re-calibrates what greatness looks like and points us in that direction.
In God’s economy, last place is the greatest place, serving is greater that being served, and living for others is living like Jesus. That sets a high standard, but one we can all pursue. Every single one of us can be assured of greatness, because we can all put others first.
Better, Part 3: Looking Beyond the Mirror (Adam Johnson)
Most of us start our year hoping to make changes, to get better, or to improve in a given area. We want to grow, but we often fall short of our goals in a matter of weeks. Why? Why can’t we keep our resolutions? Why can’t we reach those goals that we know will make us happier and healthier? Too often we believe that we must do it alone. That, “If it is to be, it’s up to ME". But what if that’s not the case? What if it’s up to WE?
We are not the only ones filling up our lives. We achieve more together. If we want to improve, if we want to grow, then we must walk with the wise. We must be yoked relationally to those who are moving in the same direction that we want to grow. Henry Cloud says, “Ask many people about their greatest accomplishments and challenges overcome, and you will find one thing in common: there was someone on the other end who made it possible.” Who are you partnering with to grow? Who is influencing you? Who are you influencing? Let’s make this year our best yet by getting better together.
Proverbs 13:20, 2 Corinthians 6:14
Better, Part 3: This Changes Everything (Clay Scroggins)
You're invited into the story that changed everything.
Church can seem full of traditions. While those traditions are important, the meaning sometimes gets lost in the symbolism. In this message, we’ll look at a church tradition that goes back thousands of years and talk about why we believe a public declaration of a private decision is still relevant today. We’ll also hear stories of people who have declared that they’ve decided to follow Jesus…which changes everything.
Proverbs 13:20, 2 Corinthians 6:14