Sermon Notes- 03.08.20, Pastor Jason
Transformation: the compounding effect of God’s kingdom.
God wants to move us in a new direction. Change is difficult for everyone.
In order for us to navigate transition; we have to able to release good things in order to do the new things God requires, which will still result in good.
- Change does not mean we will be doing away with everything and starting over. We will be intentional with the direction and the convictions of Good News.
- You will not hear all of the answers this month, because we must continue to explore what God wants of us.
- There are things God wants to do here that have never been done.
- Transition is learning to be both systematic and flexible.
- Often times these two components seem diametrically opposed, but in reality they complement each other.
- We have to learn how to be flexible in our decision making. As well as make adjustments while being committed to Spirit-led directions, Biblical principles, and what we hold true through our church.
As a leader, I feel the pressure of making sure we lay out some of our priorities and not make false promises. Not over promising/under delivering.
We have spoken about transformation for years
What do we mean by transformation? How do you define it?
What is a transformative culture?
- Did you used to believe Jesus brings transformation? Is He still doing it?
- Do you believe God transforms people and communities?
- Do you believe the church has a role in transformation?
- Do you believe you play a role in the transformation of others?
- Do you believe the church has a role in bringing transformation to people in our world? Sometimes we believe this for others but not ourselves, and is this true for you?
- If all of these statements are true, then it must be imperative to figure out where and how we find our place in this process. Also, what it means for people inside the church, in our community and what role we play in our world.
- Do you agree?
- We can say we believe something, but do we really?
- Or maybe we believe some of these things but not all of them?
- Are certain ones hard for you to believe? Or maybe you fully disagree with them? Share.
When God says something is true, it is true whether we believe it or not.
Transformation means God is honored and lives are changed.
There is no perfect way to do this.
The goal for this message today is simple: do you believe we are called to bring transformation to the earth? And if so, what is our role and what is your role?
Transformation means: “a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance”.
Read Romans 12:2
- Biblehub- Be transformed: #3339- metamorphoo
- “changing form in keeping with inner reality”
- “transformed after being with; transfigured”.
- As it happens in us, it begins to happen outside of the church as well.
Matthew 13:33NIV- 33 “He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
4 things about transformation and the kingdom of God:
1. The kingdom of God starts small, but increases.
- Yeast is microscopic in size, and only a little is kneaded into the dough. Yet, given time, the yeast will spread through all the dough.
- The woman worked it into. God goes to work through the Holy Spirit, and He is insistent in establishing His life in you.
- Don’t despise the day of small beginnings: As God begins to do this new thing, don’t be frustrated if starts small.
- Jesus and the gospel started small and now look where we are.
- C. S. Lewis stated: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
- We begin to see everything through the lens of Jesus.
2. The kingdom of God’s influence begins inwardly. Yeast makes dough rise from within.
- NKJV Hid- Greek word is “enkrypto,” meaning “to hide,” or “encryption.”
- God first changes the heart of a person, an internal change that leads to outward change.
- People receive salvation with joy, and then struggle.
- People may stray, or return to old patterns, etc… However, the internal change is happening.
- Sometimes, we focus on behaviors when the heart is what God is dealing with.
- Our minds still have to be renewed.
- The kingdom of God is doing something inside of you as His rule, His reign and His life begins to touch the hidden places of our heart. Even the places that are hidden to us.
- Sometimes people get really discouraged as Christians not realizing Holy Spirit is at work inside us.
Have you experienced this in your own life? OR, have you felt this way about someone else?
Have you ever been surprised by what is in your heart? And what comes out of you?
God is not surprised. He often brings it up so He can work it out of you.
Jesus is not concerned with our methodologies as much as He cares about the end result.
- We don’t abandon principles, but the way we go about things may change.
We have to be careful with the “this one thing will change everything/solve everything” mindset. These types of things are just “religion hoops”.
- Jesus has one hoop; “pick up your cross and follow me to death”.
Your impact in the world is connected to your proximity in the world.
- She hid this transformative agent (yeast) in the bread (proximity).
- Maybe that is what God is doing through you?
- Maybe you were hired for a certain skill, but for the Kingdom sake, you are to change the culture of the company by your integrity, wisdom or work ethic?
Have you thought of this before?
Do or can you see this in your current life situation?
Can you name some people in the Bible whom God used their proximity, and/or their certain skill, to bring the Kingdom of God to people or a situation?
3. The effect of the kingdom of God will be all encompassing.
- The yeast works until the dough has completely risen.
- In you, God will not let you be half-hearted. He will not allow you to have a pet sin, or to leave parts of your life unchanged. His kingdom touches all of our life.
- The kingdom of God affects every arena and every space of life.
Mark 16:15 NKJV- 15 “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
John 13:35 NKJV- 35 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
1 Peter 4:10-11 NIV- 10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
- We were made in the image of God and when we get saved Holy Spirit takes up residence in us.
Therefore, we will emulate who God is but also what God does.
- God is creative. God cares about the details. He sees the outcast or broken.
- A hunger to see the world changed finds its origin in the heart of God expressed through us, His people.
- Each of us reflects a different facet of who God is.
- None of us can be all of the things that He is.
- Don’t be frustrated by your design, because He needs all of us uniquely to reflect and bring all parts of Him to the world.
- I may not be able to do all that Jesus did, and care about all of the things Jesus was able to handle. However, each of us will have something inside that reflects His nature and desire for the world around us.
Is this encouraging or maybe even freeing for you?
Where are you at in the transformation process?
Radical transformation happens when beliefs and actions collide
4. The kingdom of God may be invisible, but its effects can be seen.
- The yeast is at work, quietly, many times under the radar. It may take time, but it is at work.
- We don’t always know why or when the kingdom of God is working. We not know what is happening, or even how, we just know God is at work.
The kingdom of God changes whatever it touches, personally, inside of us, corporately, inside of our church, and outside because it expands. It may start small, and it may be internal at first, but it will touch everything. God is at work.
Transformation is the resulting effect of what God does independent of us, AND in correspondence to what we do (our obedience, prayer, using what God has given us in serving others).
- This is His delight; and He invites us into His story and His plan.
Transformation means lives changed. The broken made whole, disciples made and matured, and change occurring in the world around us.
Transformation means a different kingdom, and a different way to live, see, love and serve. It is the lens by which we see the world. It affects our time, talent and treasure. We give and live according to this new rule and reign in our life.
Transformation happens through life on life. We share and give our lives away. People invest their lives in us, we give our lives to others, and we learn to do life together while Jesus is at the center.
We see life through the lens of Jesus. Our values change, and the things we believe are most important change to reflect what Jesus says and thinks in His word. His life and His world become our own.
So, people are not a problem or a project. They are not only Republican or Democrat, black or white or brown, but they are people made in the image of God. They have infinite value, even when we disagree.
Christianity is supposed to provide the deepest connection in life: the fact that our God, in the person of Jesus, would die for us because He loved us that much. No other religion provides that kind of sacrifice, or that kind of selfless commitment. That means something. That means everything.
This gospel of transformation stoops to the lowest levels of humanity and yet rises above the systems that try to suppress it, hinder it or stop it. It can’t be stopped. It never has been stopped.
The gospel of Jesus is all-encompassing. It touches every fear, sin, dream and hope. It permeates everything, and it touches everything, it confronts everything, it redeems everything or it is not the Gospel. It won’t let us lie, hide or deny the truth. Jesus is fearless and relentless. The Gospel demands that we live it, be changed by it, and give it away. This is the essence of transformation, and it knows no boundaries.
The Gospel of Jesus calls us to transformation and we find ourselves crying out that we may be changed. Not just us but family and friends. Not just family and friends but our church. Not just church but our communities, and not just our communities but our businesses. Not just our businesses but our city. Not just our city but our nation, and not just our nation but our world.
The only way this happens is an “all in” commitment to Jesus and what He wants to bring through His kingdom and all that is represents to the world, through us.
He is calling us to “Be About It” and it calls to us all the time.
Our call is to transformation: meaning lives changed.
Good News’ convictions of how transformations will take place here is transformation through:
- Wholeness—all of us have broken places.
- Discipleship—life on life access.
- Multiplication—all of us have something to give.
Hopefully, your heart resonates with these convictions and you will give your life, gifts, time, money and your heart to helping us see lives changed.
Hopefully, all will find their place in God’s mission through Good News.
Matthew 14- feeding the 5000
Jesus told them “you” solve the problem. Find what you have, bring it to me to bless it, and then you take it back out to the people.
- Every person has a role and responsibility to be transformed, and to help others be transformed as well.
- WE BUILD PEOPLE
- We come alongside the broken, invest our lives in others, and empower people.
- Transformation= Wholeness + Discipleship + Multiplication
God told Pastor Jason that everything we need is in our pews already. We just aren’t stewarding/utilizing it.
Sometimes transformation is not as linear as we would like. It is not as simple as A+B+C=D
- Meaning that the way you come to understanding is always from God, but the way God develops and frees you may be different.
We are called to bring transformation.
You have a role to play.
We need to begin to pray that God would show us what our part is.
We need to begin to discover, and then utilize, what God has already provided.
We need to learn to love others the way Jesus did.