Spirit of Change



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Spirit of Change

1. The road to failure is paved with our intentions.



The end of the matter is better than its beginning and patience is better than pride. Ecclesiastes 7:8

2. Resolve is about commitment.



In view of God’s mercy offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God… Romans 12:1

3. Transformation is the fuel for resolve.



Do not conform to the pattern of this world. But be transformed by a renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2

4. Spiritual changes lead to life changes.



Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

January 4, 2015 Romans 12:1-2

RESOLVE

Be transformed by a renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2



Study

(Weekly Readings that are related to the sermon theme)

  • Monday 2 Corinthians 5:17



  • Tuesday 2 Corinthians 3:18



  • Wednesday 1 John 1:9



  • Thursday 1 John 3:2-3



  • Friday Philippians 1:6



  • Saturday Matthew 5:16

The word of God is living and active sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

Action

Begin each morning with a this prayer:

O Lord,

forgive what I have been,

transform what I am,

show me what I will be.

Amen.

Read study verse for the day.

Mediate on these questions:

What in my life needs to change?

What will I pray for to see change?

What do I need to do to change?





Plan for Action

1. The greatest enemy of resolve is a lack of planning.



The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5

2. A plan happens on purpose.



Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? Luke 14:28

3. A plan incorporates failures and small victories.



For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees is will ridicule you… Luke 14:29

4. You have to give up who you are to become someone new.



In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. Luke 14:33

January 11, 2015 Luke 14:28-35

RESOLVE

Be transformed by a renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2



Study

(Weekly Readings that are related to the sermon theme)

  • Monday Proverbs 21:5



  • Tuesday Proverbs 16:3



  • Wednesday Proverbs 6:6-8



  • Thursday Jeremiah 29:11



  • Friday James 4:13-15



  • Saturday Isaiah 32:8

The word of God is living and active sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

Action

Begin each morning with a this prayer:

O Lord,

forgive what I have been,

transform what I am,

show me what I will be.

Amen.

Read study verse for the day.

Mediate on these questions:

What is the first step in your plan?

What do I consider a small victory?

What will I do when I fail?





Action

Begin each morning with a this prayer:

O Lord,

forgive what I have been,

transform what I am,

show me what I will be.

Amen.

Read study verse for the day.

Mediate on these questions:

What will change cost me (physically, emotionally, physically)?

What is most attractive to me about a changed life?

Am I willing to do whatever it takes to know Christ better?





The Cost of Accomplishment

1. There is a cost that comes with follow through.



Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost… Luke 14:28

2. See the true value of a changed life.



The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went… Matthew 13:44

3. Do whatever it takes - short of sin - to get there.

and sold all he had. Matthew 13:44

4. The process of transformation brings us closer to Christ.



When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. Matthew 13:48

January 18, 2015 Matthew 13:44-48

RESOLVE

Be transformed by a renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2



Study

(Weekly Readings that are related to the sermon theme)

  • Monday Luke 9:23-26



  • Tuesday Philippians 1:21



  • Wednesday John 16:33



  • Thursday Matthew 7:13-27



  • Friday Philippians 3:7-8



  • Saturday Ephesians 1:11

The word of God is living and active sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

Action

Begin each morning with a this prayer:

O Lord,

forgive what I have been,

transform what I am,

show me what I will be.

Amen.

Read study verse for the day.

Mediate on these questions:

Do I submit to Jesus and his commands or resist? Why?

As I reflect on my life-what is it that needs to be repaired?

How could my life tell the story of my salvation through Jesus?





Looking Back And Moving Forward

1. We fear change so we fear Jesus.



A man was there by the name of Zaccheaus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. Luke 19:2

2. An encounter with Jesus brings us to a crossroads: Submit or resist. (Know)

Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” Luke 19:5

3. When we reflect we give ourselves opportunity for repentance and repair. (Grow)



Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount. Luke 19:8

4. A life submissive to Jesus tells the story. (Go)



Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:9

January 25, 2015 Luke 19:1-10

RESOLVE

Be transformed by a renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2



Study

(Weekly Readings that are related to the sermon theme)

  • Monday Acts 2:37-39



  • Tuesday Romans 10:9



  • Wednesday Ephesians 2:8-9



  • Thursday James 2:18



  • Friday Acts 4:12



  • Saturday Isaiah 55:6-7

The word of God is living and active sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12




KNOW GROW GO

God and His Love To Become Like Christ Make

Ephesians 5:3 Romans 12:2 Disciples

Matt. 28:19







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