Posts Tagged ‘transformation’

The Church in the Worst City in the World

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Message by Pastor Tom

Pastor Tom shares how the cross is set against the background of a darkening moral culture, and that the radical power of the cross will have to be nothing less than the power that sets free those who have been enslaved in sinful patterns of life.

Text: 1 Corinthians 13

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The Practical Purpose of Orthodoxy

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Message by Pastor Tom

Can you imagine Jesus standing just at the other side of the finishing line, a pile of t-shirts in his hand, ready to hand them out to all those crossing the line, and it simply says on them “finisher”?

Text: 1 John 2:19-29

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Digging Deeper Into God’s Word

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Message by Pastor Tom Cowan

Don’t know how the Bible equips us for life? Pastor Tom shares about 5 things that the Bible equips us for life, when life gets dangerous and things get tough.

Text: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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Do I Need to Take the Step of Baptism?

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Message by Pastor Tom Cowan

Baptism is closely connected to our belonging to the community of faith. Is this the next step you need to take as a follower of Jesus?

Text: Acts 2:38

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Transformed by Jesus

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Hear the Good News: “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

Jesus once said: “I came that they/you may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). The fact is that if we realize that we have eternal life now in Christ, it will transform everything.

It will transform your worship. You will never walk into church carelessly again. You’re coming into the presence of this majestic, glorified Christ. It will transform your obedience. This is the Jesus who says, “If you love me, obey my commandments.” If you see who Jesus is, and experience the life he gives, the thought of disobeying him becomes unthinkable. It will transform your confidence. There are “giants in the land” and they can be formidable and intimidating. But if you have really caught a vision of Christ and he is in the process of transforming you, you can go out like David against Goliath with just little stones in your hand. But your stone is the gospel, the power of God, the gift of God that brings eternal life. If you don’t see who it is you represent, as David did when he went out to Goliath, it’s possible to be really intimidated, feeling small and insignificant and like the whole thing is hopeless. But if you see who Jesus is, and you know the reality of the life he gives coursing through your veins, you will never be intimidated again.

Author John MacArthur tells of a guy who went around California talking about how Jesus regularly appeared to him. One time he was telling MacArthur that Jesus had appeared to him that morning while he was shaving. MacArthur asked, “What did you do?” He said, “I just kept on shaving.” And MacArthur said, “Then that wasn’t Jesus.” He was right. You don’t come face to face with Jesus, the risen, glorified, majestic, cosmic Christ, and keep on shaving. You don’t come face to face with this Life Jesus gives and live life the same way again.

I suspect that for most of us our Jesus is too small. We think too small. We don’t really understand whom we serve. Remember, if you have really met him and are being transformed by him into his image, then the only Jesus you have ever known, the only Jesus you’ve ever talked to, the Jesus you serve, is the majestic, cosmic Lord of heaven and king of earth. And THAT should make a difference in our lives!