by Ernest Easley

Winning Steps for the New Year
Ernest L. Easley
Philippians 3.12-14

I want to welcome you to 2005! I don’t know a better way to begin a new year than by being in the house of God with the people of God giving praise to the Son of God! And yet ... a lot of people no longer celebrate the arrival of the new year .. they celebrate the survival of the old year! And there may be something to that!

Well .. on this first Sunday of 2005 ... I want to do more than just wish you a Happy New Year ... I want to show you from the Word of God how you can step your way through the new year with success!

You need to decide this morning that 2005 is not going to be like 2004. You can expect the same results in 05 that you had in 04 if you do the same things in 05 that you did in 04. Churches are notorious for doing that. We don’t like to change what we do but we want to change the results. I’ve heard people say, ‘‘Oh .. we need to reach our community for Christ .. we need to impact our culture with the gospel .. but lets do it without changing our methods.’’

Churches that don’t change how they do church... are churches that will continue declining until they finally die. That’s why I’m so excited about being a part of RSBC today. It’s thrilling to pastor a people whose attitude is ‘‘we’ll do whatever it takes .. give more money .. build new buildings ... create new ministries in order to penetrate this culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ.’’

Well .. what’s true for churches is true for people. The problem with a lot of people today is that they are planning to just stumble their way through 2005 like they did in 2004: No direction .. no focus .. no plans .. no goals! And if that is your plan .. you can expect the same results in the year 2001 that you had in the year 2000!

But God has a better way! There are some winning steps you can take this coming year and that is what I want to talk to you about this morning: Winning Steps for the New Year.

So take ...

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