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Summary: We are living in a season of change. God never changes but the way He does business here on earth can sometimes look different.

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Change, Commitment and Courage

I want to talk this morning about four principles …

Change, Commitment, Courage, Service

Change

Def: transition, transformation, adjustment

We are in a season of change …

The World

One of our prayers … Lord’s Prayer …

Mtt 6:10 ’ Your kingdom come.

Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.

As God’s Kingdom breaks in on our world, things here will have to change.

God is coming to establish His government/order.

Psa 2:1-4, 10-12

The Church

God- purifying His Church so we can bring Christ to the world.

1 Pet 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God … NASU

Paul makes this appeal …

Rom 2:4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? NASU

Consider God’s heart for us …

1 Thes 5:9-11

Ourselves

Mtt 16:24-26

Dying to self/living for God speaks of change.

You and I want resurrected/abundant life.

No problem- God will give it to anyone willing to die to themselves/embrace the order/purpose of God.

Lion King … tag lines …

Life’s greatest adventure is finding your place in the Circle of Life.

For the Christian there is a circle of dying and being resurrected into the newness of life.

Each death requires faith to let go and believe that God will replace it with something better.

Jesus and Mary

Rob Bell- portrays Mary’s encounter w/Jesus …

Jn 20:11-17

What is Jesus saying to Mary …

Mary, things are different now,

they will no longer be the same,

I must go to my Father,

I will send you a helper the HS,

you must let go of the past,

I love you, I have not forsaken you,

but I will not be physically present w/you.

God did not change, but the form in which He ministered to His disciples had changed.

We must embrace the Lord as He comes today, in whatever form/way He chooses to unveil Himself.

Commitment

Def: obligation that restricts freedom of action.

Gary Stebbins …

Commitment is a restriction that leads into a broad place where the opportunities and possibilities are unlimited.

At the age of 67 years old Thomas Edison watched as a fire destroyed most of his work and equipment.

In response to this lost he said …

All our mistakes are burned up. Now we can start anew.

Edison was not ready to retire, He was committed to continue his work and accomplish what he started.

John Maxwell …

The fire that destroyed his work didn’t destroy the fire that burned within him to continue his work.

As a Christian, it will take commitment on our part if we are going to finish the race well.

Commitment does not depend on your ….

gifts, abilities, or circumstances-

it results from choices we make.

Those choices determine the path that follow in life.

Lk 13:24 " Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. NASU

Broad path- leads us away from God to destruction.

Courage

Def: bravery, boldness, daring, grit, guts, valor.

Deut 20:1-9 (Lk 14:16-24)

What do we see in these verses …

1. Count the cost of walking with God

2. Do not be afraid, God has promised to be with us


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