What does the New Year have in store for you? What are your hopes and dreams for the year?

A new year is a new beginning, and a chance to do things differently.

This Sunday we’ll hear the story of Jesus’ baptism. His baptism marked a new beginning for him because it signaled his commitment to God and God’s intentions. Getting baptized was Jesus’ way of saying, “I’m onboard, God. I’m going to commit to your way of doing things.” His baptism is also his way of saying to us, “Wash off the old dirt and shake the dust from your feet. God has created a new day and a new way. Come, walk with me in this new way.”

At the beginning of a new year, many people make resolutions “to walk in a new way” in the hopes that a new day will dawn for them. Perhaps you made a resolution. I sometimes make them and sometimes I don’t. This year I did because, like many people, I was more than ready to say good-bye to 2016 and hello to 2017.

In our baptisms, God calls us to the resolution to live a new life that has purpose and meaning and is committed to God’s ways. What would leading a life like that look like for you?

Join us to explore this question and more in the new sermon series "Living the Life God Intends". It runs through January 15. For a promo of the series, check out the video below.

See you in church, and may your new year be filled with hope, peace, and joy.