As 2016 comes to a close, and a new year commences, many have undoubtedly been considering various resolutions to make.

Some of these resolutions may be related to the physical – deciding to lose a few pounds, eat healthier, go running more often, etc. Others may pertain to the mental – like reading more or taking extra classes.

For most Christians, there will inevitably be a desire to reflect on the spiritual aspects of life.

As I pondered these areas in my own life, I decided to list three “resolution suggestions” presented by:

Personally, I think all of these make for worthy additions to the Christian’s list of New Year’s resolutions.

Resolve to make “Christ-Exalting” the featured adjective in your prayers.

“Treating ‘Christ-exalting’ as an adjective weaves an all-encompassing truth into our words, and thus into our minds and into our hearts – namely, the truth that making much of Christ is not one action alongside others, but is the ever-present and highest aim of all our actions and thoughts and feelings.” – John Piper, New Year, New Adjective: “Christ-Exalting”

Resolve to do nothing aside from the intention of glorifying God.

“Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.” – Jonathan Edwards, Resolutions

Resolve to progress toward a deeper and more consistent understanding of theology.

“Even with the growing interest in Calvinism among evangelicals in recent years, too often the resurging interest in doctrine has not led to a robust understanding of Reformed theology or an embrace of Reformed confessions.

In my own context, I occasionally hear some Baptists say things like, “We need no creed but the Bible.” While I affirm their belief in the supremacy and sufficiency of the Scripture, such a sentiment ignores the purpose and use of confessions. And by the way, such a statement is itself a confession.

Proper confessions of faith, like Westminster, or the 1689 Baptist Confession, serve four purposes: clarity, unity, charity, and safety.” – Joe Thorn, Tattoos for the Soul | New Calvinism

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. – Westminster Shorter Catechism

Happy New Year!

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