Here is small outline on how God transforms us. I know there is much more to say about this. But here goes:
The Agent of Change: The Holy Spirit: John 14:15-21
a. One who consoles or comforts, one who encourages or uplifts; hence refreshes, and/or one who intercedes on our behalf as an advocate in court
b. Many scholars say the Holy Spirit is “another Jesus”
c. One who is called to one’s side; He takes the place of Jesus
d. He is called to exalt Jesus
e. He is with Believers forever (14:6)
2. How does the Spirit change us?
I. The Word of God
a. Revelation: a disclosure of something that has been hidden an “uncovering,” or “unveiling”
b. 3 things are needed for a revelation to take place: God, a medium, and a being able to receive the revelation
c. The Bible was not merely written for our information, but for our transformation. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
d. Jesus endorsed the Jewish Scriptures at least a dozen times, using such designations as: the Scriptures (John 5:39); the law (John 10:34); the law and the prophets (Matthew 5:17); the law, the prophets, and the psalms (Luke 24:44); or Moses and the prophets (Luke 16:29).
e. While the Bible is an inspired revelation from the living God, it requires our response before it can have an impact upon our lives
f. James 1:22-25: A mirror shows us what we really look like: The function of the Bible is to show us accurately what we look like so that we can make, with God’s help and enablement, any necessary changes
e. Your study should be prayerfully applied to these vital relationships:
- God and You
- Husband and Wife
- Parent and Child
- Employer and Employee
- The Believer and Community
- The Believer and the Culture
II. He wants to change us in the way we think: Philippians 4:4-9. “Dwell” means to concentrate. This takes work:
a. Things that are “true”—the opposite of erroneous thinking
b. Things that are “righteous” —our thoughts must be in line with the unchanging character of God who is perfectly righteous
c. “Things that are honorable”—things that are worthy of our adoration and devotion…not things that profane the name of God
d. “Pure” —things that are morally pure and undefiled
e. “Honorable”—things that deserve to be commended
III. He changes us when we share our faith and disciple others
a. Matt. 28:19: The Great Omission/ The goal is to make talmidim
b. “As you go” —Take a look at your circle of influence, place of employment, neighborhood
c. The goal is to make disciples
d. Can you present the Gospel to someone else and effectively disciple them?
IV. He changes us through community (Ephesians 4:11-15)
a.The goal of the local congregation is to equip others to do ministry (family, community, place of employment)
b. Covenantal Relationships are needed
V. He changes us through prayer (James 5:13-18)
a. Earnest/Fervent Prayer is something to strive for on a regular basis
b. Take responsibility for intercessory prayer
c. Are you interceding for your family, the community, the world, etc.?
VI. He changes us when we are filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 4:14-21)
a. Be filled” is a present imperative meaning “stay filled”
b. It is not a one-time experience
c. The question is not how much we have of Him, but how much He has of us!
d. The evidence of being filled: Galatians 5:19-25
e. How yielded are you to God? Your time, your finances, your bodies?
f. Have you set any measurable, attainable, time-bound goals?