Summary: New years message for a new year and discovering what God has for us as a church, family and as a individual.
Introduction: I want to make it very clear this morning this message is not about a health and Prosperity message. It not about believing God owes me this or that as a Christian or that we can demand as Christian things from God. It is a message that God has a plan for each and every one of us here at Grace Church of the Nazarene. He does, sometimes we might not like Gods plan, and sometimes we might be apprehensive of what God has planned or is planning for us. He does have a plan for each and every one.
I. What is Your Plan for the Coming Year?
A. How many of you have made plains for 2016? Or what we like to call New Year’s resolutions.
Some plans or resolution are the same year after year.
Some say I am going on a diet; I am going to lose up to 10 to 100 Lbs. in this New Year. That is hard let me tell you, it hard, it means you got to be committed to a diet plan in order to accomplice it. It has to become a mindset that is unchangeable.
Some plans say I am going to get off this addiction. The definition of being addicted is physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects and it can also mean enthusiastically devoted to a particular thing or activity. An Addiction can be to a substance like dugs, tobacco, alcohol, or food
thing or activity watching a certain show, or a certain sports team or sporting event, or having to do it, playing PS4 all the time.
If you say that your plan/resolution for 2016 is to stop one of those things that I am hooked on. It is going to be a hard road. It may be the hardest thing you have done on your own.
Have you made plans for your family? Like Spend more time with each other? Get involved more with the kids and things they are doing like sports, School activities.
B. Do your Plans Include God and the Church?
Ok I will try and not go to meddling too much,
Do your plans in 2016 and beyond include God or the Church?
When you plan your Calendar out do you mark things down like what you know is happening in the church so you can be there to support it? Do we include activities that will bring or draw us closer to the Lord?
Like in February 28 - March 2, the revival. Or VBS, Trunk or Treat, the Thanksgiving dinner, retreats for adults.
Or maybe it might take a trip to Lancaster Pa. to see the Sight and Sound Theater to see a Christian play?
As Christians we should make plans that will help us grow in our walk with the Lord.
Do your plans include learning the scriptures? Digging more into the Word?
II. God’s Plan
“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, v11a,b
A. God’s Plans includes you and Me.
Isn’t great news to know that God has a personal plan for you? Oh I know that it is a passage for those that where in exile that Nebuchadnezzar had carried off to Babylon. It is a message of hope that God has for them but also for us here today.
He has a plan to make you great in this coming year, it is not one to make you fail, it is one to make you Succeed in his sight. That does not mean to make you free from pain, because we know that something is going to come a long and make us hurt in some way. It is encouraging to know that God has something planned for us, It is a very promising year for you, for the Grace Church of the Nazarene.