Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Year's Resolutions for 2017

Sunday is January 1, the beginning of a brand new year! Do you remember Pastor Logan's New Year's message from this year? He reminded us that the only resolution that truly matters is to cultivate "the knowledge of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:8) in our own lives—to draw closer to God this year than ever before. We want to help you accomplish this in 2017!

CrossPoint Church is a place for "Meeting God, Meeting Friends, and Meeting Needs." That phrase captures our philosophy of ministry and our vision for what God has called us to do here in Utah. It is also a helpful framework for setting goals that will move you closer to God. So as you think about your 2017 resolutions, consider adding one or two of the following:

Commit to Growth (Meeting God)

Level 1: Attend every service. Decide now that church attendance isn't going to be optional this year, and, barring some serious accident or illness, you will be present for the preaching of the Word of God every week.

Level 2: Read the sermon text in advance. Each week the sermon text for the upcoming Sunday is posted to both Facebook and Twitter, as well as sent out in an email. Take a minute to read it, and jot down any immediate observations or questions. Review the passage and your notes on Sunday so that you come into the service with your mind already prepared for what God has in store for you.

Level 3: Keep a prayer list. Use a notebook or your phone to keep a list of needs to bring before God each day. These can be personal needs, those of the church and your church family, the needs of neighbors or coworkers, or even something shared during one of our Prayer and Communion Services. Be sure to record how God meets each need so you can offer a prayer of gratitude and thankfulness!

Commit to Community (Meeting Friends)

Level 1: Join a small group. Small groups are intentional gatherings for the purpose of community and spiritual growth. They provide accountability and the necessary prayer support as we look to apply what we're learning from God's Word to our own lives. New groups will begin at the end of January, but you can get an idea of what to expect by reviewing what was offered this past year, here, here, and here.

Level 2: Invite someone over to your house. "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly" (Proverbs 18:24). (Pastor Logan will preach on this verse later in 2017 as he concludes his series Practical: A Study in Proverbs.) While we want to facilitate community, it is something that each individual must cultivate themselves if they are to enjoy it. Who could you invite over from church for dinner and games in order to get to know them better?

Level 3: Visit the other campus. Remember, we are a multisite ministry—one church in two locations. God is doing some incredible things in both Taylorsville and Provo. Attending a service at the other campus will help you to see all that God is doing at CrossPoint and introduce you to the rest of your church family. You can get directions here.

Commit to Generosity (Meeting Needs)

Level 1: Increase your giving. Giving is an act of obedience. To call Christ our Lord is to say that He has access to and control of every area of our lives, including our finances and possessions. Giving is also an act of faith. When you give to God, you are trusting that He will provide for your needs. Examine what you gave this past year and then take a step forward in faith by giving more.

Level 2: Automate your giving. Through our online giving option you can setup recurring, monthly donations. This is not only a convenience, but can help you to keep your commitment of increased giving by taking it out of your hands.

Level 3: Plan to participate in this year's special offerings. Twice a year—at Easter (April 16, 2017) and our Anniversary Service (August 20, 2017)—we collect a special offering. This is meant to be in addition to the week's regular offering because it does not go toward regular budget items. These offerings allow us to meet larger ministry needs, invest in the community, and bless our ministry partners. With a bit of foresight and preparation, you can make a big difference here!

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