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New Year’s Resolutions by Grace

At the beginning of another year, people will make new resolutions. But should Christians make these New Years commitments? In this lab, John Piper shows that resolutions can be deeply Christian and grace-filled.

I love these points that Piper makes about how resolutions are based in God’s grace:

  1. A resolve (at least here) is a desire for God to do something in and through us.
  2. It is your resolve and your work, but it is done by “faith” (2 Thessalonians 1:11) — that is, in reliance upon God.
  3. The result of this kind of resolve and this kind of work is that Jesus is glorified, because Jesus purchased the “power” (2 Thessalonians 1:11) for our resolves. (2 Thessalonians 1:12)
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