December 28, 2014

Message: “WHY JESUS CAME-SAVING TRANSFORMING GRACE”

Passage: Text: Text: Acts 9 / Galatians 1 / Philippians 3

Bible Text: Text: Text: Acts 9 / Galatians 1 / Philippians 3 | Memory Verses-
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT)
18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
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Transformed/ Changed / New / moved from despair to Hope, form fear to Peace from isolated to Community from self-absorbed to outward focused, from self-directed to God directed from groping along to plan for my life, from sadness to Joy, from worthless to Worth and Value.

At the start of the 1998 film Les Miserables, recently released convict Jean Val jean staggers into a small village. Cold, starving, and out of options, Val jean receives a meal and lodging from a local bishop. During the night, however, Val jean repays the bishop’s kindness by running off with his host’s expensive silverware. He’s caught the next morning, but the bishop graciously saves him from being sent back to prison by claiming that the stolen silverware was a “gift.”

As he’s about to send Val jean off with even more silver valuables, the bishop looks him straight in the eye and says: “Jean Val jean, my brother, you no longer belong to evil, but to good. With this silver I have bought your soul. I’ve ransomed you from fear and hatred. And now, I give you back to God.” The rest of the film goes on to reveal how the bishop’s extraordinary gesture of grace transforms the convict’s hardened heart and, in turn, how Val jean devotes his life to helping those who are in need.

In the same the Apostle Paul was transformed. Saul which was his Roman name was a fast and rising start among the Pharisees in the Sanhedrin. He lives by a strict code of rules and regulations, trying to both please God and please those in charge of the Sanhedrin. He was zealous in his beliefs and in his actions. He wanted to continue to advance in his position within the political/religious group and would do the bidding of the leadership to do it. He came face to face with the new teachings of Jesus and followers and like most of the Sanhedrin opposed it-but he put action to his opposition by confronting, condemning and evening killing followers of Jesus.

Saul had put so much pressure on the followers of Jesus that he was running out of people to confront in Jerusalem, but he heard of a large group of followers in the city of Damascus, so he sought and received permission to go there and arrest them and bring them back to Jerusalem for trial and punishment. On the way to Damascus, he had an experience with Jesus who appeared to him in a vision-a great light that blinded him and revealed who Jesus really was-the risen Son of the Living God. Blind and confused, Saul was led by his fellow travelers to Damascus and for three (3) days was forced to deal with what he had experienced and how it affected his future believes and actions. One of the leading followers of Jesus in Damascus, and man named Ananias experienced a vision from Jesus where he was directed to go to Saul, touch his eyes and Jesus would heal him-[the healing from blindness would be both physical-sight and spiritual]. When Ananias touches Saul’s eyes and explained that the healing was from God, through Jesus, Saul was TRANSFORMED to a new life-
This new life Saul experienced, His name now changed to His Hebrew name, Paul started a great revolution among the new Christian church, an expanse that would increase greatly in size and add in a whole new group of people, the Gentiles. The remainder of Paul’s life was spent traveling in Asia Minor, the Middle East and Europe spreading the Good News of Jesus. God had raised Jesus from the dead, Jesus had given the Holy Spirit and now mankind could have a personal relationship with God on a level like never before. God would be a part of them in Spirit, He would be in relationship with them both on a person and communal level-Life would be changed-a new power to overcome both now and for eternity had come from God and all of mankind could be forgiven and experience the love, mercy and compassion and healing of God.
Page # 2 “THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF JESUS’ SPIRIT”

Personal Notes

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Additional Readings
Romans 12:1-2
Therefore I urge you brothers in the view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God which is your spiritual act of worship.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now lives in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Romans 5:1-3
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 3:2-3
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
Psalm 51:10-12
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
Philippians 1:6
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 6:14-15
For if you forgive others their trespasses, you’re heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Psalm 103:2-4
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

Memory Verses-
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT)
18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
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Transformed/ Changed / New / moved from despair to Hope, form fear to Peace from isolated to Community from self-absorbed to outward focused, from self-directed to God directed from groping along to plan for my life, from sadness to Joy, from worthless to Worth and Value.

At the start of the 1998 film Les Miserables, recently released convict Jean Val jean staggers into a small village. Cold, starving, and out of options, Val jean receives a meal and lodging from a local bishop. During the night, however, Val jean repays the bishop’s kindness by running off with his host’s expensive silverware. He’s caught the next morning, but the bishop graciously saves him from being sent back to prison by claiming that the stolen silverware was a “gift.”

As he’s about to send Val jean off with even more silver valuables, the bishop looks him straight in the eye and says: “Jean Val jean, my brother, you no longer belong to evil, but to good. With this silver I have bought your soul. I’ve ransomed you from fear and hatred. And now, I give you back to God.” The rest of the film goes on to reveal how the bishop’s extraordinary gesture of grace transforms the convict’s hardened heart and, in turn, how Val jean devotes his life to helping those who are in need.

In the same the Apostle Paul was transformed. Saul which was his Roman name was a fast and rising start among the Pharisees in the Sanhedrin. He lives by a strict code of rules and regulations, trying to both please God and please those in charge of the Sanhedrin. He was zealous in his beliefs and in his actions. He wanted to continue to advance in his position within the political/religious group and would do the bidding of the leadership to do it. He came face to face with the new teachings of Jesus and followers and like most of the Sanhedrin opposed it-but he put action to his opposition by confronting, condemning and evening killing followers of Jesus.

Saul had put so much pressure on the followers of Jesus that he was running out of people to confront in Jerusalem, but he heard of a large group of followers in the city of Damascus, so he sought and received permission to go there and arrest them and bring them back to Jerusalem for trial and punishment. On the way to Damascus, he had an experience with Jesus who appeared to him in a vision-a great light that blinded him and revealed who Jesus really was-the risen Son of the Living God. Blind and confused, Saul was led by his fellow travelers to Damascus and for three (3) days was forced to deal with what he had experienced and how it affected his future believes and actions. One of the leading followers of Jesus in Damascus, and man named Ananias experienced a vision from Jesus where he was directed to go to Saul, touch his eyes and Jesus would heal him-[the healing from blindness would be both physical-sight and spiritual]. When Ananias touches Saul’s eyes and explained that the healing was from God, through Jesus, Saul was TRANSFORMED to a new life-
This new life Saul experienced, His name now changed to His Hebrew name, Paul started a great revolution among the new Christian church, an expanse that would increase greatly in size and add in a whole new group of people, the Gentiles. The remainder of Paul’s life was spent traveling in Asia Minor, the Middle East and Europe spreading the Good News of Jesus. God had raised Jesus from the dead, Jesus had given the Holy Spirit and now mankind could have a personal relationship with God on a level like never before. God would be a part of them in Spirit, He would be in relationship with them both on a person and communal level-Life would be changed-a new power to overcome both now and for eternity had come from God and all of mankind could be forgiven and experience the love, mercy and compassion and healing of God.
Page # 2 “THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF JESUS’ SPIRIT”

Personal Notes

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Additional Readings
Romans 12:1-2
Therefore I urge you brothers in the view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God which is your spiritual act of worship.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now lives in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Romans 5:1-3
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 3:2-3
Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
Psalm 51:10-12
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
Philippians 1:6
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 6:14-15
For if you forgive others their trespasses, you’re heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Psalm 103:2-4
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,