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Summary: God can and will change your life.

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EXTREME MAKEOVER, SPIRITUAL EDITION

Acts 9:1-19

S: Salvation

C: Change God brings

Th: A People with Purpose

Pr: GOD CAN AND WILL BRING CHANGE TO OUR LIVES.

Type: Inductive

I. FURY (1-2)

II. CONTACT (3-5)

III. INSTRUCTION (6-8)

IV. CONNECTION (9-16)

V. FELLOWSHIP (17-19)

PA: How is the change to be observed?

• Let God bring the change that you need.

Version: ESV

RMBC 21 May 06 AM

INTRODUCTION:

1. Have you ever wished you could live those before and after situations?

This has been the premise of the Extreme Makeover shows.

Someone is dissatisfied with their looks and then several doctors, exercise gurus and fashion experts get a hold of you.

And voila!

You have been changed into someone stunningly beautiful in the eyes of the world.

When it comes right down to it, there are no easy answers to getting the change we desire in our lives.

Even on these shows – it involves operations and changes in exercise, diet and clothing habits.

I do believe this to be true, though, that…

2. Many times what keeps us from changing is our own arrogance.

Consider this…

ILL Arrogance

A woman boarded a plane after a busy week, hoping to get some rest.

But before she could settle in, her seatmate started a long-winded conversation about his business, in¬sinuating that as a woman, she probably wouldn’t understand his job.

After a pause, he then asked her what she did for a living.

With a smile she simply said, "I’m a brain surgeon."

The remainder of the trip was quiet.

Sometimes, we need to take a hard look at ourselves and examine what needs to change.

It takes humility to do that, because we have to face the fact that where we are at this point in time, is not where we ought to be.

But how do these changes occur?

Where do you think the change comes from?

ILL Change: GIVE ME MY CHANGE

A Buddhist approached a hotdog vendor and said, "Make me one with everything." The Buddhist gave the vendor a $20 bill and waited. Finally he said, "Where’s my change?"

The vendor replied, "All change must come from within."

Well, that is the Buddhist philosophy – that change comes from within.

And at first glance, we might agree with that.

But, as Christians, we have discovered that an individualistic attitude toward our ability to change is full of inadequacies.

We are not an independent people.

Rather, we are dependent.

It is a lie when we are told we can do anything we put our mind to.

It sounds nice, but it leaves out someone.

Do you know who it is?

Yes, it is God.

And…

3. God has a certain expertise when it comes to transformation.

In fact, over and over again, He has shown that He can change that which seems impossible.

Consider this…

Do you believe that terrorists can change?

Those that are fanatical and extreme in their beliefs, so much so that they will do violence to people, even to the point of death.

Well, we know that these kind of people exist in today’s world, don’t we?

In the book of Acts, where we have been studying of late, Luke tells us a story about this kind of person.

He was a man that used religion to mask his hatred of those that he did not agree with him.


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Jeff Strite

commented on Jan 31, 2007

It's interesting. Paul was not saved on the road to Damascus. Nor was he saved when he prayed for forgiveness (Acts 9:11). Ananias said to him "and now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." (Acts 22:16) Paul's sins were not washed away until after he was baptized.

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