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Transforming Grace:  Graceful Change
February 18, 2018

Transforming Grace: Graceful Change

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Transforming Grace

We continue our Lenten series, “Transforming Grace” with the sermon “Graceful Change.” Don’t you wish all changes could be made gracefully in our lives? Most of the time change is filled with fear, tension, uncertainty and conflict! One of the problems for us is that we develop destructive patterns that allow us to control and cope with our lives. Paul, in Romans 12:1-9, expects us to change! Yet it is not change that is filled with fear or uncertainty, instead it is change founded upon choice. It is when we choose to stop conforming to our past patterns and start offering our lives to God, then an amazing transformation can take place! When we offer our lives to God, we begin to see the steps that will help us engage creative change rather than just conflictual change! As you read Romans 12:1-9, let it challenge you to make different choices based upon God’s grace in your life. In the process you will find faith, hope, and greater love at work in all that you do; and a life filled with meaning and purpose! Romans 12:1-9: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God– this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  (NIV)

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