Common Resolutions:

  • Lose Weight
  • Volunteer to Help Others
  • Quit Smoking
  • Get a Better Education
  • Get a Better Job
  • Save Money
  • Get Fit
  • Eat Healthy Food
  • Manage Stress
  • Manage Debt
  • Take a Trip
  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
  • Drink Less Alcohol

2 Cor 5:17 (NLT)

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Eph 4:22-24 (NLT)

Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

Resolutions Don’t Work

It’s exceptionally hard to make life changes, and our efforts are usually doomed to failure when we try to do it on our own.
– Alan Deutschman

Analogy: Movie Series

Reboot: to reboot means to discard all continuity in an established series in order to recreate its characters, timeline and backstory from the beginning

  • Remake – reused material
  • Sequel – continues the story
  • Reboot – discard all continuity

Biblical Example: Peter

  • Peter Denies Jesus: John 18
  • Jesus Restores Peter: John 21
  • He said to him, “Follow Me” (v. 19)

Jesus doesn’t ask “are you sorry?” nor “will you promise never to do that again?” “Jesus Christ asks each one of us, not for obedience primarily, not for repentance, not for vows, not for conduct, but for a heart; and that being given, all the rest will follow.
– Alexander Maclaren

Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Transformation Process:

  • Knowledge from the Word
  • Put On and Put Away
  • Power of the Holy Spirit