Summary: TRANSFORMED – How God Changes Us Spiritual Health – Romans chapter 12 verses 1-3 – sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(2). Consecration (vs 1).
(3). Transformation (vs 2).
• Let me tell you the story of two women:
• They both lived in the late 1800’s and early 1890’s.
Story 1: Anne Sullivan:
• When Anne Sullivan was aged 5;
• She contracted trachoma, a highly contagious eye disease,
• Which left her blind and without reading or writing skills
• When she was eight, her mother died.
• And her father abandoned the children two years later;
• For fear he could not raise them on his own
• And so she was sent to an orphanage.
• In those days they didn’t have programs for her,
• So they fed her and literally left her sit and rot.
• But she longed to go to school and learn like the other children.
• Her persistence caught the attention of a visiting man, a state inspector.
• His heart was gripped,
• And he paid personally to send her to the Perkins Institute for the Blind, in Boston.
• She learned to read using Braille, and she graduated at the top of her class.
• A few months later she had a surgery which restored some of her sight,
• And a couple years later;
• She became the caretaker for little 6 year old girl called Helen Keller.
Story 2: Helen Keller:
• At age two Helen suffered a serious illness that left her completely blind and deaf.
• As a blind child in the late 1800’s Helen’s family had let her live like an animal,
• Walking around the family table just grabbing food off their plates
• And shoving it in her mouth.
• There was no discipline, no control, and no efforts to teach or train her.
• But one day Anne Sullivan took up the challenge to educate and nurture her;
• It was not easy, but Anne persisted in spite of:
• Temper tantrums, physical abuse, meal time madness & even thankless parents.
• In her heart she knew it was worth the pain, and it sure was:
• Within 2 years the girl was able to read and write in Braille.
• For all her education Anne Sullivan was next to her and had to spell;
• Each letter of every word and lecture into the hand of Helen Keller.
• As she grew older she would ultimately graduate from Radcliffe college,
• In fact she was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree,
• 'Helen Keller' then devoted the rest of her life to aiding the deaf and the blind.
• Where she was able to raise millions of dollars for the American Association for the Blind.
• Those two ladies refused to let their past control their future!
• And the glorious news of the gospel;
• (and it is glorious – there is nothing that compares with it) is this;
• What we were before we came to faith in Jesus Christ;
• Need not hinder or hold us back;
• Like Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan we can refuse to let the past control our future!
Note: Let me tell you another important part of the story: