Fresh Starts and a New Year
Fresh Starts and a New Year

Fresh Starts and a New Year

Fresh Starts and a New Year

I was in the gym a couple of weeks ago when a guy walked in, leisurely strolled through the room, looked around a little bit, looked at his watch, and then walked out. I wondered if this were some new type of workout. Then I learned he was there checking out the place to see if it would be a good gym for him to start getting in shape on January 1st.

My first thought when I heard that was, “Well, you’re here today. Why not start today? What’s special about January 1st? It’s just another day on the calendar.” Ok that’s maybe a little judgmental. Let’s give some kudos to the guy for making the effort to join a gym! And to be fair, there is something special about January 1st, because it’s the start of a new year, and there’s excitement with starting something new. I love starting a new journal; penning fresh lines of ink on that first blank page builds excitement for all that is to come. Or, as with this week, starting a brand new puzzle, even though we have a couple dozen in the basement, and I already know what this new one will look like when it’s done.

This ties into a quote by Paul Tripp, “The Bible is all about fresh starts and new beginnings.” It’s so true! No matter what you’ve been through in life, no matter what mistakes you’ve made, you can find a fresh start, a new beginning in Christ.

Bible Reading Plan

One of the things we give a fresh start to as a church each year is a Bible reading plan. This is our third year, as a church, going through a Bible plan together. The first year we read through the entire Bible. In 2023 we read through the New Testament and Psalms and Proverbs. This year we’re narrowing our focus to the Gospels and Acts and Psalms and Proverbs. We’ll be reading just five days a week instead of the entire week. The goal is to give you more time to linger, to marinate, to really soak in the shorter sections and passages and to not rush through the readings. We have printed copies available in the concourse, or you can download copies here.

New Habits

We’re looking forward to starting this new year together. Our focus in January will be on how to build habits to help in our pursuit of fresh starts and new beginnings. I believe God has some amazing things in store for each and every one of us this year as we seek to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to our neighbors, friends, family and community all over Southwest Louisville!

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