As we think not only about personal resolutions for the new year but also about goals our church might pursue, may we be encouraged by the teaching Paul provides in Colossians 3:12-17 and set these things as goals to strive towards in the new year.
John the Baptist preached repentance to the crowds. When the Pharisees and Sadducees came to hear him, he taught that repentance requires a response. It is not enough to claim an identity with God--God desires a commitment to him that originates in a changed and transformed life.
As the pilgrim excitedly enters Jerusalem, he prepares for worship by recalling God's glory in Jerusalem and the Temple. He recognizes what a holy people would look like and prays for peace for this holiness to be realized among them.
This is also our journey.
We are on a journey of faith leading towards our destination with God. We know what his kingdom ideals of peace are, so we pray for peace for those ideals to be fulfilled among us.
Move 1: We are on a journey with a destination (1-2).
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