Things I don’t need in the New Year

This is the outline of a great sermon from yesterday preached by my Pastor and friend Roydon Hearne.

Because Jesus is supreme and sufficient there are some things I don’t need in this New Year:

I’m going to start this new year by listing some needs that, with God’s help, will be eliminated from my life.

I’ll ask the Father to take away:

My need to be appreciated.
I don’t need praise from those around me. God’s approval is all that counts.
John 15: 18-19

My need to be physically attractive.
Other people look at physical appearance, but they don’t see what the Lord sees. He sees my heart.
1 Samuel 16: 7

My need to be first.
Paul writes that I shouldn’t look for what is good for me, but I should be concerned with what is good for others.
1 Corinthians 10: 23-24

My need to appear smart.
I don’t need to be a great speaker to share the good news of Jesus Christ. The power is in the message of the gospel, not in my words.
1 Corinthians 1: 17-21

My need to be strong.
My own strength is never enough, but the bible tells me that God’s power can be displayed best when I am weak.
2 Corinthians 12: 9-10

My need to be ‘good enough’.
I always try to be good and do what is right, but no matter how hard I work at it, I always fail. I will always fall short of God’s glory. The amazing thing is that by His grace and through the work of Jesus Christ, I can rest in the fact that I am good enough.
Romans 3: 23-24 and Romans 6: 18-23

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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