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The Need for Transformation


WHAT A DAY! Yesterday was our first Sunday of getting to the “meat” of what this series is really all about. Our pastor, Josh Scott, did a great job of explaining that transformation is a process, and an experience.  Not to mention that our worship pastor and band sounded great! I left MCC with the extra boost I needed to get ready for 612.

Then, it got going with our students!  Noah Gary and Carmen Flener led worship, and did the best I think they’ve ever done.  We decided to look at transformation a little differently. Romans 12:1-2 gives us a very tall order to fill when it comes to pleasing God. However, in verse 3, Paul gives us his first suggestion on how to do this…

3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.

If there is one thing that can hinder transformation, its pride. If we do not pursue transformation in our own lives, we will never experience it. And we will never pursue transformation until we recognize our need for it. We don’t like to share our weaknesses with anyone. We have learned to hide them away, even from ourselves if we can. But Paul warns us to be honest in our evaluation, according to the faith we’ve been given. We have to evaluate where we are on our journey with honesty, before we can take the next step.

So, the challenge that we gave our students (and our parents in our new parent small group!) was “what commitment do you need to take the next step on this journey of transformation?” Students were encouraged to choose one of the commitments we suggested in their small groups (see the outline here), and get some accountability to help them carry it out. I am so proud of our students for taking it seriously and making commitments with each other. As for me, I am committing to being more communicational (I just made that up I think!). I am blogging, we have a new parent newsletter, and I am helping lead a parent small group on Sunday nights during our 612 service. I want to be even more open to the people in my life, and to what God wants to do through them.

So what about you?  Are you evaluating yourself honestly? What is the next step of commitment that you are willing to make to move forward on your journey?


From → 612, church, Vision

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