Happy New Year
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Luke 17:9–17:11
Two usual New Year's paths
We either choose RESOLVE ("I'm going to take things more seriously and try hard this year") or RESIGNATION ("Why bother? Nothing's going to change.")
Luke 17:11-19 NIV
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."
Change, not just improve
True, lasting, meaningful life change can only come from Jesus. On our own, we can improve our lives, but we can’t change our lives.
Responding to God's blessings
In responding to God’s blessings in our life, we can be grateful, forgetful, or entitled. The first leads us upward to God; the other two turn us inward to self.
Coming next week: The TEN
Next Sunday (1/11), we’ll begin a new message series called “The Ten.” It's an in-depth look at the 10 Commandments and what they mean for our lives today. Pastor Dan will preview the series, exploring their importance for us as Christians and explaining what they can and cannot do for us. That same night, Pastor Dan and Pastor Ken will lead an evening class to provide an overview for the series and go even deeper into the relevant issues surrounding the 10 Commandments.