Have you thought of Spiritual Goals for 2018?

Many people pursue general goals or New Year’s resolutions each year.  However, some people may list Spiritual Goals last or not at all. Be different than the crowd in 2018 and focus on what is important – your spiritual growth. Feel free to share this page with others.

DAILY BIBLE READING

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DEVELOPING SPIRITUAL GOALS

The outline below is from our Sunday morning adult class in the annex building. Download a PDF of the file here: Spiritual Goals for 2018

What spiritual growth will you achieve in 2018?

If you wrote goals for the next year, what would they look like? Typical goals are often career, home, family, vacation, physical health, & spiritual growth. If God wrote your goals, how would they be different?

Identify Potential Spiritual Growth Goals. Here are some questions to ask:

  1. What does my family need?
  2. What does my church family need?
  3. What skills do I have that can help strengthen spiritual life in me & others?
  4. Where do I need improvement? What concerns me about my life? What frustrates me?

God’s commands & scripture should define our goals and actions

Goals are not a requirement but doing God’s will is required. Our goals should align with and support God’s will so that we have maximum fulfillment of our purpose in this life and ultimately salvation.

Proverbs 3:5-6 John 6:26-27 Philippians 3:12-14
Proverbs 16:9 Romans 12:1-2 Philippians 4:8-9
Matthew 6:19-21 Romans 12:9-19 Colossians 3:5-17
Matthew 6:33-34 Galatians 5:22-26 Hebrews 12:1-2
Matthew 7:7-8 Ephesians 4:29-32 James 1:19-27
Luke 14:28 Philippians 2:1-4 I Peter 3:15-16

Goals for 2018. Note: resolutions are NOT the best choice for improvement.

Set monthly goals. Identify a goal for each month. Be flexible and adjust as needed.

Goals to Consider. Try each one for at least 30 days. Make your own goals.

  1. List your worries. Move them to your prayer list.
  2. Read the Bible to start and end your day. Expand your reading focus as it becomes a habit.
  3. Memorize a chapter or series of themed scripture verses.
  4. Pray to start and end your day. Pray more frequently.
  5. Replace complaining, criticism, & unkind words with encouragement to build others. Eph 4:29-32
  6. Encourage others with cards, letters, visits, greetings, and expression of concern and interest.
  7. Greet a visitor and learn about them. Express your thanks for their visit & ask them to come back.
  8. Pick a week and read a larger book or research a Biblical topic. Push aside unimportant activities.
  9. Read the full Bible, the Old or New Testament, a book, or study on a specific Bible topic.
  10. Read your Bible with a pen. Write observations and notes. Review them after 1 week. Update.
  11. Seek out areas where help is needed and offer to help. “Perfect help” is not required, just help.
  12. Replace time-consuming habits with spiritual habits. Swap news or social media for Bible study.
  13. Expand your talents – help with a class, volunteer for a work day, or help where you find a need.
  14. Evangelize – ask questions, get contacts, and offer Bible lessons. Invite to services and activities.
  15. Become more comfortable talking to others about the gospel.
  16. Control your temper and your tongue. Improve your patience during frustration.
  17. Find ways to be hospitable and encouraging to fellow Christians and others.
  18. Attend regularly. Come to classes. Invite someone to go to area wide meetings with you.
  19. Write out all the verses you can find about a spiritual weakness you struggle with.
  20. Get involved in worship and other church activities. See service areas on next page.

Goal Activities. These have structure that can help you stay on track.

  1. Keep a prayer list. Share it with your family. Improve & adjust it. Give thanks for answered prayers.
  2. Build a Bible notes notebook. Record notes about scripture that inspires you & your discoveries.
  3. Be thankful with a Blessings list. Update & view frequently. Make notes on events, share with family.
  4. Post a “verse of the week” on your fridge or wall that motivates you. Try multiple verses & chapters.

Service Areas. From 2017 Ministry Fair. Contact elder or deacon for info.

Safety Team Teachers for Class Missions Work
Maintenance Team River Valley Youth Rally (April 13-15, 2018) Jail Ministry
Lions for Christ (UAFS) LTC – Leadership Training for Christ Funeral Lunch
Card Ministry PEP – Personal Edification Program with small groups Audio Visual
Fellowship: Fall Retreat, Hiking, Potlucks, Men’s Breakfast, Weddings, Baby Showers, Hospital Visitation, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, & more
Church Service: Announcements, Prayers, Singing, Communion, Scripture Reading, Greeters

Goals – Structural Concepts

S.M.A.R.T. Goals:

Goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-based to improve effectiveness.

This article provides some good ideas and insight about spiritual goals:

Making God’s Goals our Own,
http://www.kirkwoodcoc.org/making-gods-goals-our-own-2/, Kirkwood Church of Christ

Excerpt: “…We must make God’s goals our goals and then pursue them with all our might. God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6). Drifting through life with half-hearted efforts to reach God is not enough. Life is a race, heaven is the finish line, and we must run in such a way that we may win (1 Cor 9:24). That is the ultimate goal that should dictate all other goals in our lives.”

2018 Spiritual Goals Plan. No need to fill in all at once. Adjust as needed.

Month Activity Notes
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Reminder from comments in class: No matter what, don’t give up. Keep trying and move ahead. You can’t be perfect, but you can keep trying, improving, and growing.

LEARN ABOUT GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE

Would you like to learn about God’s purpose for your life? Do you want to understand what the Bible says about what you need to do to be saved? Have you thought about becoming a Christian? Do you have a friend or loved one who wants to understand God’s purpose for them?

Use the form below to learn about our one-on-one Bible studies that give you Bible based guidance. These studies are provided in western Arkansas near Van Buren, Arkansas.

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