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September 13, 2015 - Change - Romans 12:1-2

posted Sep 14, 2015, 7:45 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Sep 23, 2015, 8:20 AM ]
  • We would all love to make a few changes in life.
  • Most of us have learned that it is mythological thinking to assume another product has the ability to change our lives substantively.
  • We live in an age and a part of the world in which people have so much freedom and yet our greatest fear is that we are stuck with ourselves.  We don’t know how to make change, and we aren’t even sure we can.
  • The payoff in claiming you’re a victim is that you always get to put your own problems first.
  • The Gospel claims you don’t have to settle in life.  Because God doesn’t.
  • God wants to unsettle and overturn the tyranny of trying to conform to some cherished image we have of ourselves.  The only change God is asking you to make is to sacrifice the despairing idea that it is up to you to get life just right. 
  • If it is change you want, then sacrifice all of that conformity so you can be transformed by God.  We have to become who we are. 
  • You will never be able to experience changes in your life, until you change and re-think your image of God.  The image of God will determine the image of self. 
“All wisdom begins with the knowledge of God and the knowledge of self.”
~ John Calvin

Pastor Jim Spon | Romans 12:1-2