Summary: Using Board Games as a jumping off place we looked at our Christianity. This sermon deals with repentance.
The Games People Play
Sorry – Repentance CHANGING THE HEART
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel awoke one morning to read his own obituary in the local newspaper: “Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, who died yesterday, devised a way for more people to be killed in a war than ever before, and he died a very rich man.”
But, actually, it was Alfred’s older brother who had died; a newspaper reporter had made a mistake. But the account had a profound effect on Nobel. So he decided he wanted to be known for something other than developing the means to kill people efficiently and for amassing a fortune in the process. So he initiated the Nobel Prize, the award for scientists and writers who foster peace.
Nobel said, “Every man ought to have the chance to correct his eulogy in midstream and write a new one.”
1. Brother and sisters, we are all going to die someday, that is of course unless the Lord returns first. But before we die, we need to ask ourselves this question:
a. Are there any areas in my life that I need to change before I stand before God on judgment day?
2. This is a vitally important question! We need to do a self-evaluation regarding our spiritual lives.
THIS MORNING, I AM GOING TO OFFER FOUR POINTS REGARDING THE CONCEPT OF CHANGE.
I. FIRST, GOD EXPECTS US TO CHANGE.
(2 Cor. 5:17) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come”
1. When we become Christians, we are a new creation; our old way of life must be replaced with a new way of life. A change must take place.
2. We are to be brand new people which means that our:
a. Thinking must change.
b. Behavior must change.
c. Commitments must change.
d. Everything must change that does not measure up to the kind of life that God wants us to live.
3. The change that God wants us to have is not just a one-time change at our conversion, for the Bible teaches that we are to continually change and model our lives to be more like Christ.
(1 Jn. 2:6) “Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.”
a. John means that our goal is to walk through our home, our workplace, the grocery store--everywhere--talking, acting, and thinking like Jesus because Jesus is the perfect example for us to model our Christian life after.
4. Brethren, God expects us to constantly strive to change our lives so that we may be the kind of people that He wants us to be.
II. SECOND, WE CAN CHANGE.
1. Change is possible through Christ. In the NT, Christ changed many people.
a. Paul changed from a persecutor of the church to a lover of the church.
b. Peter changed from a fisherman to a fisher of men.
c. Matthew changed from a corrupt tax collector to a respected Apostle.
d. Zacchaeus changed from a thief to a man who gave half his possessions to the poor.
2. If you want to change your life, then change is possible. There is hope for a new beginning and a new way of life. If you know that you need to make some changes, then you can do it with the help of God.
3. When we evaluate what we think we need to change in our lives, what type of change do we usually think of? Probably we think of external changes that need to be made. Like (a) visiting the sick more often, (b) studying the Bible more consistently; or (c) coming to church more often. These changes are good and necessary, however, God wants us to do more than just change externally, He wants us to change internally as well!
III. THIRD, GOD WANTS US TO MAKE CHANGES TO OUR HEARTS.
1. Our hearts are important to God. What is the heart? The heart is the soul or mind of man. It is the foundation of our thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, and endeavors.
2. God wants our hearts to be right with Him and not just our outward appearances and actions.
3. In (1 Sam. 16), God told Samuel to go to the house of Jesse and anoint one of his sons to be the next king. Samuel saw one of Jesses’ sons, Eliab, and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”
(1 Sam. 16:7) “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”