Power of Change Introduction

Power of Change Introduction

I remember the first time I visited Sugar Land back February of 2003. I was impressed!  My host made sure to give me the grand tour. One of the new development projects that had just gotten underway was Sugar Land Town Center. What has become an excellently laid out amalgamation of retail establishments, great restaurants, hotels, parking garages, office buildings, condominiums and City Hall, was only a beehive of activity with earth-moving equipment bent on a mission of commercial transformation. It’s 2013. Drive by Sugar Land Town Center and be amazed!

There was a time when it was just a large parcel of undeveloped land out in the country. Not anymore! Obviously, it didn’t happen overnight. Town Center came to be because of vision, planning, investments, architectural design, and tons of construction. At some point a group of visionaries and investors got together and imagined what could be.

Scripture tells us that God knew us before we were ever conceived (Psalm 139:13-4; Jeremiah 1:5). Furthermore, He planned our spiritual transformation through the gift of salvation in Christ (Romans 6:23). He saw in us the potential of spiritual birth and life transformation.  Religion is mostly about reformation. But Christianity is about transformation. Those two things are not the same. The former is about what a person can do to make self-improvements. The latter is about a person totally yielding to the Person of Jesus Christ to bring about spiritual transformation. Jesus promised that He, through salvation by grace through faith, would come to make His “home” within us. In essence, we become the dwelling place of Christ. In the same sense, Jesus promised that His residence within us would bring about change, real change!

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that, “…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” A person who has made a life-changing commitment to Jesus Christ is a person who is being transformed to reflect His character. “And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” (2 Corinthians 3:18) We don’t have to “go it alone.” The power of life change doesn’t come from us, anyway.” Paul said it best when he said, “And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.”

What does this kind of life change look like? How do I know it when it’s happening in my life as a follower of Jesus Christ? How do I identify life change as it happens in the lives of others?

There are six “life change indicators” that help us identify our path of spiritual maturity as followers of Jesus. We use the acrostic, CHANGE, to make it easier to remember.

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C             Connects with God and His Family
H             Helps Others Know God
A             Actively Grows in Christ
N             Nurtures Meaningful Relationships
G             Gives Back to God
E             Exercises Spiritual Gifts in Service

The Power of Change video series will help you navigate each of the elements of spiritual life change.  Enjoy!
It would be encouraging for us to know how this series has been a positive learning experience for you or how we can help you take the next step in any area of your spiritual growth. Email us at jrushing@sugarcreek.net with comments or questions.

Be Changed!
John Rushing, Pastor of Adult Ministries
Sugar Creek Baptist Church

 

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