BETTER TOGETHER: Transformed In The US

Sin is not something we do or don’t do, but a condition that enslaves our heart and becomes the steps we take in life.

  • We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Romans 6:6–7, ESV

  • And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. 2 Corinthians 3:18, ESV

 

THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS WAS FULL PAYMENT FOR OUR SIN, BUT HIS RESURRECTION OPENED THE DOOR FOR OUR TRANSFORMATION.

Transformation is one of the least known and most misunderstood aspects in all of Christianity.

  • most Christians only the experience forgiveness for sin. Little else changes so they continue to struggle in the same actions requiring more and more forgiveness for the duration of their lives, leaving them feeling defeated and lacking any real measurable growth or fruit.

  • many Christians mistakenly see transformation as the process of stopping sinful behavior, which becomes a treadmill of trying to stop again and again and again.

 

TRANSFORMATION IS NOT THE NATURAL ACT OF CHANGING BEHAVIOR. IT IS A SUPERNATURAL CHANGE OF HEART THAT LEADS TO NEW ACTIONS.

metamorphoo (GK) – to change the core nature of something, to become completely different

Transformation is not about doing. It’s about becoming. Too often we focus on fixing behavior, when behavior is the result of something internal. Too often transformation becomes about stopping sinful behavior. Transformation should focus on becoming the righteous man/woman the God intended! Transformation is one of the greatest ongoing gifts of Jesus – becoming more like Him!

 

TRANSFORMATION IS A FUNCTION OF “THE US”

  • Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17, ESV

  • And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24–25, ESV

Isolated transformation stalls because it relies on the un-transformed to encourage transformation. Spectator transformation struggles because it is a one way comparison with a romantic view

 

Tranformation is:

  • byproduct of worship

    • most people struggle to worship in a way to encounter God’s presence

    • in the presence of God we are able to see Him, and we begin to reflect Him

    • learning to access His Presence regularly puts transformation on steroids

  • impacted by prayer

    • prayer changes things

    • being around other and learning to pray in faith – sets a high watermark

    • often we can’t experience breakthrough alone - healing

  • impartation via preaching/teaching

    • different than reading the word – only see through your glasses

    • different than a word online – this is for you!!!

    • impartation

  • prophetic moments

  • the call to action

    • we often struggle to walk out private decisions

    • there is a reason why baptism is public – power that exists

    • there is a reason why wedding vows are public

  • accountability

    • confess fault to one another – you will be healed

  • submission to others/leaders

    • good leaders used by God to direct our lives

  • the inspiring transformation of others (over time)

  • the act of serving

  • the act of giving

 

Conclusion:

• Say yes to Jesus – the best you will result that experiences the best life possible

• Lean in to transformation – God is speaking to you about something – confess