A year ago we had just announced our theme for 2020, which was, “Focus On What Matters,” using Philippians 3:13 as our theme text: “This one thing I do.” Little did we know what 2020 was going to hold for us and for the world.

Many of us probably have mixed feelings as we begin another year. There’s some hopefulness in us, I think, as we anticipate the vaccines’ distribution and subsequent slowing down (we hope) of the virus.

At the same time, evidence suggests that we’re still in the midst of a very serious situation, and unfortunately people aren’t going to stop getting sick just because we flipped our calendars.

But as we look ahead, fully recognizing that God will determine what the year ahead looks like, we intend to focus this year on Renewal. Using “Renew” as our theme word, we’ll begin tomorrow by focusing on Paul’s words in Romans 12:1-2, particularly this phrase: “be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”

Perhaps now more than ever, we need God’s Spirit to renew us. We can’t control our outside circumstances, but we can submit to God’s leading as he shapes our minds and hearts.

That’s what we’ll focus on tomorrow, and then on the first Sunday of each month during the year we plan to study a different aspect of renewal.


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