Resolutions

Understanding that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake whether it is in my role as husband, father, pastor, or friend, but in all, simply and by his grace, a child of God.  Remember to read over these Resolutions habitually.

-Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. ~Jonathan Edwards 

-Resolved, to have God be glorified in me through my satisfaction and delight in Him. ~John Piper 

-Resolved, that I will love with all my heart, mind, and soul what God loves; that is, that God loves his glory. 

-Resolved, to keep the Gospel central to both my confession and function of faith, and in all of ministry. 

-Resolved, to know of God’s love from the fact that God loves His glory more than he loves me, and in this is the foundation of His love for me; He frees me to enjoy making much of Him forever.  

-Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it. ~Jonathan Edwards 

-Resolved, that I will live and preach justification by faith as it glorifies Christ, rescues hopeless sinners, emboldens imperfect saints, and strengthens fragile churches. 

-Resolved, beware of the debtor’s ethic, but remember to obey because of his irresistible promises of gracious enablement. 

-Resolved, in all my serving may God be the giver, so He may get the glory.

-Resolved, to set aside time to be in prayer in the morning, and other scheduled times, since apart from Christ I can do nothing. 

-Resolved, beware of and remain aware of when good ministry activity is threatening my prayer time and meditation on the Word of God. 

-Resolved, to schedule time for prayer, reading/meditating on Scripture, biblical study, reading projects, wife dates, and daughter dates. 

-Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same. ~Jonathan Edwards 

-Resolved, when I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved, immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if circumstances don’t hinder. ~Jonathan Edwards 

-Resolved, to study the Bible in their original languages, both Hebrew and Greek, and further my knowledge in those languages for the purpose of understanding God’s Word better. 

-Resolved, to read works by the “old dead guys” such as Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, John Owen, C.H. Spurgeon, Francis Schaeffer and C.S. Lewis. 

-Resolved, to encourage my soul by reading Christian biography.  

Resolved, to maintain regular reading projects. To strategize my reading in six main categories: Theology, Biblical Studies, Church Life, History, Cultural Studies, and Literature. Have some project from each of these categories going at all times.  Collect and gather books for each project, and read them over a determined period of time in order to ensure that I am working across several disciplines. 

-Resolved, to never avoid teaching the hard passages found within the Bible, but to show people why God inspired such hard texts. 

-Resolved, to love my wife as Christ loved the church; to provide, protect, and lead; to pursue my own joy in her joy.   

-Resolved, to talk respectfully to my children, appeal to their conscience, remember the character growth they need, and the gospel to be applied in every situation or circumstance. 

-Resolved, to humbly expose my faults and sins before my wife and children, and rejoice in the mercy and Christ shows to me in the gospel. 

-Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others. ~Jonathan Edwards 

-Resolved, never to do anything, which I would be afraid or ashamed to do, if it were the last hour of my life. ~Jonathan Edwards 

-Resolved, whenever I do any conspicuously evil action, to trace it back, till I come to the original cause; and then both carefully endeavor to do so no more, and to fight and pray with all my might against the original of it. ~Jonathan Edwards 

-Resolved, to feel the truth of hell so that I remember the mercy God saved me from what I really deserved, and the grace he showed to me of what I didn’t deserve. 

-Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death. ~Jonathan Edwards 

-Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell. ~Jonathan Edwards 

-Resolved, never to say anything at all against anybody, but when it is perfectly agreeable to the highest degree of Christian honor, and of love to mankind, agreeable to the lowest humility, and sense of my own faults and failings, and agreeable to the golden rule. ~Jonathan Edwards 

-Resolved, to remember that what is at stake when the church gathers is not merely the upbuilding of the church, but its eternal salvation; to persevere in the faith.  Feed them all of the Scriptures, for it is the Scriptures “which are able to make you wise for salvation (2 Timothy 3:15). 

-Resolved, to lead people to repentance through the pleasure that only God alone can satisfy; to portray God as supremely and everlastingly satisfying in order to kindle repentance, faith, and radical acts of obedience to Christ.  Galatians 2:20 

-Resolved, to magnify the meaning of baptism but not in a way that elevates the time or mode of it to a primary doctrine. 

-Resolved, to be aware and in prayer that my affliction is for other people’s comfort, in order to bring us not to rely on ourselves but God who brings sanctifying joy in the end. 

-Resolved, to feel the deepest emotions about the deepest things that matter to the heart of God.  

-Resolved, to be aware of all forms legalism. 

-Resolved, to understand that true humility is to be doubtful of myself but undoubting about the truth.  

-Resolved, to live at a level of joyful, wartime simplicity and use the rest of what we earn to alleviate misery. 

-Resolved, help people to hold on, to minister in calamity, and weep with those who weep. 

-Resolved, to spread a passion for missions that missions exists where worship doesn’t. 

-Resolved, to blow the trumpet for the unborn. 

-Resolved, to always focus on the essence of worship, not the form.  

-Resolved, to pray for the seminaries and their faculty as they raise the next generation of pastors and missionaries. 

-Resolved, in whatever pastoral ministry I am in, to band with a group of God-centered, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting, Spirit-empowered pastors to stand together for the Gospel and so enjoy each others fellowship. 

-Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking. ~Jonathan Edwards 

-Resolved, to maintain a healthy routine of exercise and activity outdoors for the spread of the gospel and the glory of God. 

-Resolved, to see that my desires within have no experience in the world which can satisfy, but can only be satisfied in God. 

-Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the other world, as I possibly can, with all the power; might, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of. ~Jonathan Edwards

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