2 Peter 3:18: Regeneration

It is 2 days away from the end of 2019, and I’m sure you have all thought about this as the year draws to a close. New Years resolutions. As the clock clicks past midnight on Tuesday, the realisation dawns upon Christians and non-Christians alike, that they probably weren’t as good as they intended to be last year. Perhaps you wanted an improvement on your health, but that gym membership didn’t get the same amount of use as you hoped. Perhaps you wanted an improvement on your finances, but you just didn’t save as much as you hoped. Perhaps you had a new years resolution to pass your studies, to get a promotion, to buy a house, to find a wife or a husband, to waste less time on your phone or TV and the list could go on and on.

And in one sense, wanting to improve on yourself is not necessarily a bad thing. If you a Christian here today, it is likely that you often think, and not only at New Years but throughout the year, that God expects us to be good stewards of our time, our resources, our finances, and our bodies, and it is not wrong to set yourself targets to improve on different areas of your life. But these resolutions regarding the common means of life are not the focus of my New Years sermon this afternoon. Instead, the focus of today’s message will be on what should be your New Years Resolution this year if you are a Christian.