Romans 12:1-2

New Year's resolutions are interesting aren't they? Most of them have to do with making changes. Changes in how we eat (diets etc.), in what we do (more exercise, less stress, etc), and in where we are going (new goals and plans). Resolutions are great, but it takes more than a resolution doesn't it? It takes determination to make changes. Someone has said that a good definition of 'insanity' is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results!

Change is vital for life. Even though most of us do not like change, we all understand the necessity of change. Change is the basis of Christianity. A life that is changed. Paul said, "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature..." There has been a great change in the life of one whom has placed their faith in Christ.

" Positional = Justification " Progressive = Sanctification " Permanent = Glorification

1. The positional change occurs the moment we trust in Jesus Christ.

2. There is also a permanent change that awaits every believer.

3. Between these two is where we live right now, and this kind of change is progressive.

4. We are not robots...God has given us a free will to choose to love and serve Him.

5. That truth is both wonderful and fearful at the same time.

There are three key elements to change. Let me share them with you this New Year's Day. Keep in mind that I am not talking about positional change…that will come only when we place our faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. It is immediate change…one does not slowly become a Christian! I am also not talking about the permanent change that will come when we are glorified. Only then will we be perfect in Christ. The change I am discussing is the change that will come day by day as we become less and less like ourselves, and more and more like Jesus.

I. Parting

II. Patience

III. Purpose

Change…it is possible! More than that it is inevitable! We will all change, but let's determine to change in a positive way in the coming year. Let's choose to change that we might become more like Christ.