Lives Transformed by the Gospel - Stories, sharing your faith adventures

Introduction

Our life is shaped either for better or for the worse by many things.  Refugee crisis is transforming and reshaping the whole world. Civil wars, Nations at war with another, terrorism, famine, economic crisis are uprooting people. Last year, Canada received thousands of refugees. Each of these refugees has a story to tell about their life back home. Many of them are happy to be here to start a new life and many found more than material and physical provisions but also God. Many of them were transformed by the gospel. They put their faith in Jesus who is their new Lord and Saviour.

The word Transform - comes from the Greek word, "Metamorphoo"

meta = change;            morphoo = form

I believe that everyone wants to experience transformation in their life, marriage, relationship, career, outlook in life, physical.... But real life transformation happens when Christ enters our lives and gives us new life, a life that is for His glory.

The question we want to answer today is, "How can I experience transformation in my life today and moving forward?" In order to answer this question, we need to determine first what life looks like without God.

I.   A Life without God

 Ephesians 2:1–3 ESV

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

•     v.1 dead because of your disobedience and your many sins

This death is spiritual, not physical. Death signifies absence of communication with the living. The one who is spiritually dead has no communication with God. The same is true spiritually. When you spiritual dead you cannot communicate with God no matter how you try (do good works or be good). The reason for spiritual death is sin.

Romans 5:12 ESV Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

Romans 3:23 ESV for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Disobedience means false steps and sins means missing the mark. Both suggest deliberate acts against God and His righteousness and failure to live as one should.

Spiritual death also result in the following:

•     v.2 follow the course of this world, the ways of the world - directly opposed to God

•     v.2 follow the prince of the power of the air - Satan - the whole world is under

•     v.3 live in the passions of the flesh.

Lastly, we become the object of God's wrath not that he willed it but we've fallen short of the glory of God.

•     v.3 by nature children of wrath

Romans 6:23 ESV For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

There is nothing good in us that will make us spiritually alive and start connecting with God. There is nothing we can do to make it happen. This is bad news! But i have good news to you.

Only God can make you spiritually alive again.

II.  God stepped in - the gospel

This is the good news!

Who is God?

Ephesians 2:4 ESV But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,

•     Rich in mercy - God with holds what we deserve - punishment, death

•     Great love - Granted us forgiveness through his Son's death and resurrection

Our trespasses, our sins will never empty God of his mercy and of his great love.

John 3:16 ESV “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

What he has done?

Ephesians 2:5–6 ESV even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

... even when we were dead in our

Romans 5:8 ESV but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

•     Made us alive in Christ by grace he saved us. He reversed the sting of sin - from death to life, from darkness to light

•     Raised us when He raised Christ from the grave - Resurrection

•     Seated us with him in the heavenly places

 While we're still on earthwe are also seatedwith Christ in heaven.  Our life is eternally secure in heaven.

Romans 8:38–39 ESV For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

No mess is too great in our lives for God to use for His glory and purposes. God loves using broken people; in fact, they are the only kind of people He used in the Bible.

Illustration: The bottle says the sanitizer kills 99.99% of germs. Sometimes, we treat God’s grace like hand sanitizer: it’s only 99.99% effective. We make ourselves believe that we need to do something “extra” to make up for the 0.01%. God’s grace, however, is 100% effective.

 

III.  A transformed life

What does a transformed life look like?

1. A life saved by grace when one believed in Christ

Ephesians 2:8 ESV For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

•     Salvation from the wrath of God is a gift - by grace, what we don't deserve

•     Salvation from the wrath of God is not a reward - so no one may boast

2.  A life that testify of God's incredible wealth and kindness

Ephesians 2:7 ESV so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:7 (NLT) So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.    

 

3. Is God's masterpiece created for his own purpose

Ephesians 2:10 ESV For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Closing challenge:

A challenge to the church:

We have a message to proclaim to the nations. It's the message of hope, of life and of the love of God through his Son our Lord Jesus Christ. The only reason we are still here on earth is to share this message to others so that our love ones, friends, neighbours, co-workers, strangers, our communities and our nation will experience real life transformation. All our time, energies and resources must be invested towards the cause of advancing the Gospel everywhere God leads us. We need to recommit our lives to this cause.

An invitation to receive the gospel:
For others who might be heard the good news for the very time, God's offer is still available to you and your family. Receive God's gift of life by turning your back from sin (repentance) and trust God's offer of salvation through Jesus death and resurrection. Start living a live transformed by the gospel.

 

Discussion Questions:

1.    What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?

2.    What are all the “before-and-after” statements Paul lists in this passage?

3.    How can we be sure we have been born again?

4.    If you could sum up your life before Christ and now with Christ in one before-and-after statement, what would it be?

5.    Is there anything in your life with Christ that you wish were farther along in the transformation process?

6.    How can I pray for you?