Enter Jonathan Edwards. He is known as one of the greatest preachers and theologians in American history. He has written many excellent and highly valued books on important theological topics and his sermons such as Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God are the stuff legends are made of. Contrary to the title, while he would certainly not shy away from preaching "Hellfire and Brimstone" sermons, he was not a hellfire and brimstone preacher. His tone was said to be fairly low key, but his sermons were brimming with truth so well layed out and descriptive, and accompanied by such power from the Holy Spirit that many were saved; and the revival of New England know as "The Great Awakening" was birthed in large part as a result of his ministry.
However, long before he became "that" Jonathan Edwards, he was a young, well educated, nineteen year old pastor in New York city in 1722. It was here, in the moments between 1722-1723 that he penned his seventy "Resolutions". For more details surrounding that moment in time and how it developed, here is a very well written yet brief article on the subject.
My goal in this post is primarily to list these resolutions and to say that they are resolutions which we can spend a lifetime contemplating and striving to apply. All the while, knowing that, in the spirit of Resolution 56, failure is inevitable and to be expected at times, yet God's grace is sufficient to see us through to many successes even as we strive to succeed. We don't ever have to think of these as "do overs". They are simply "keep tryings", until the day Christ returns and we will have to try no more because we will be glorified into perfection in Christ.
They have different focuses, but they are all based on biblical truths and intended to help keep Christ and His gospel as the central focus and foundation of all that we say and do. I have a kindle edition of these that is wonderful however, the Desiring God website has a wonderful post which lists these resolutions in a more topical manner while keeping the numbering. This is the list I will use because I find the subheadings useful and I hope you will as well. Here goes!
I hope they are a blessing to you. Happy New Year!
The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards