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How to Start the New Year

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I. The Process

II. The Power

Ephesians 5:18 ESV
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

III. The Product

Big Idea: Live moment-by-moment under the controlling influence of the Holy Spirit.

Study Guide
We know we can’t start over. But what keeps us from starting again? Why don’t we begin now doing the things we wish we would’ve done long ago?
Why do you think people often fail to keep New Year’s resolutions? How is what tells us to do different from a resolution?
What characterizes a life guided by the sinful nature? By the Spirit?
How would you define the term “sinful nature” in your own words (v. 16)? In contrast, what does walking by the Spirit mean?
What characterizes a life guided by the sinful nature? By the Spirit?
What characterizes a life guided by the sinful nature? By the Spirit?
Read ? How does being drunk with wine help us to understand what it means to walk by the Spirit?
Why are the desires of the flesh often so strong? What might you do to weaken those desires?
In what ways have you recently been reminded of the Spirit’s presence and power in your life? How can you be more aware of and sensitive to the Spirit’s presence and power?
In what ways have you recently been reminded of the Spirit’s presence and power in your life? How can you be more aware of and sensitive to the Spirit’s presence and power?
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