December 31, 2017
Does New Years Day Have a Spiritual Significance?
When we think of holidays we usually think of Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. If we are family oriented we might consider Mothers and Fathers day, and if we are patriotic we should consider the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Veterans Day. In reality, holidays were originally “holy days” designed to help those of the faith remember the works of God in their lives and the lives of their ancestors. That being the case, where does New Years Day fall? Is it really a holiday? Does it hold any spiritual significance? If you are not sure why you celebrate it as a holiday, maybe it is time you asked the question, “Does New Year’s Day have a spiritual significance?”
Questions for discussion:
· What do you think was the main point of Pete’s message?
· Why was the beginning of a new year significant to the ancients?
· Did the people of Israel celebrate the coming of the New Year? Why or why not?
· How can the coming of the New Year become a significant day for New Testament believers?
Do something about it:
Instead of taking everything at face value, maybe it is time to ask ourselves: “Why am I celebrating this holiday? Why is it significant to me?” If one of the goals of holidays is to help us remember the acts or actors who have significantly affected our lives, how are we using this information to grow and serve?
Leviticus 23:23-32; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1; Hebrews 9:11,12