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Miraculous Births: The Church

We ought to rejoice that God has given the church, the anticipated new birth through Christ.

Getting Things Done, Deep Work, First Things First, What’s Best Next, Do More Better, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. Those are some of the books I’ve read in the past couple years on the topic of productivity. These books always get me excited about the idea of a fresh start at the beginning of the new year. This past year I had 15 resolutions. I wrote them down in an overpriced notebook and would regularly look at my lack of progress.

Tomorrow marks a new beginning. What is it about the New Year that gives one new hope for a better you? I won’t get into the psychology of it. But one thing is clear to me. I could use not just a better version of myself—not merely Daniel 2.0. But I could use a whole new “me.” A new me that is healthy, well rested, active, bold in evangelism, disciplined, well-liked by others, compassionate, a loving father and husband, a good friend, successful, generous, wealthy, well-traveled, joyful, thankful, and who always keeps an eternal perspective—just to name a few things. I’m a firm believer in goals and hard work, and I do think we can see progress in some of our ideals. There is just one problem. Me. I am my own worst enemy. Come February, the New Year’s motivation will have worn off and I’ll already be thinking, “Ok, maybe next year will be better.”

What we need most this year is not resolutions, hard work, discipline, or motivation. What we need is a new identity and a different goal. In Christ, we have that new identity, and salvation is that goal that together we strive for. This morning, I want us to consider this new identity and new goal corporately—not just for you as an individual Christian ...

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Daniel Schreiner serves as an associate pastor at Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, OR.

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