Presentation on theme: "Transformational Ministry Part 6. Revelation All Bible quotations are NKJV unless otherwise noted."— Presentation transcript:
Transformational Ministry Part 6. Revelation All Bible quotations are NKJV unless otherwise noted.
Overview of Transformation Five Rs –Regeneration –Revelation –Repentance –Restitution –Renewing of the mind
Two Types of Sin Superficial: change soon after becoming Christian Besetting (fortress) sins: deeply-rooted in our character (2 Cor. 10:4, NKJV) for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. –Over time, we return to old patterns Why? –We are comfortable with them –They work: we can survive
Transformation Requires a New World View Rom. 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Eph. 4:22-24 discusses putting off and putting on that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. –Thats what renewing of the mind is –Its a process, not a one-time event –Its what we mean by sanctification
The Cycle of Renewal Acts 26:18a, 20b 18. to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God … 20. … that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance Revelation is largely the churchs responsibility
The Flesh is Our Constant Enemy When a person comes to Christ, he still has the old flesh When will it go away? – Upon death, or Jesus return See Romans 7:24, 8:23 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. The normal Christian life is a constant battle: Rom. 7-8 There is no quick fix
How Do We Progress? Revelation from the Word of God –Not simply memorizing scripture or learning doctrine –Growth comes through our experience of God (Eph. 3:14-19) 14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Our View of God is Important An Egyptian taskmaster demanding obedience and nothing else Proud and loving father –He is pleased when we obey but doesnt disown us when we dont –He brings us through difficulties to transform us to the image of Christ –He knows whats better for us –God calls Job My servant Job, but Job has flawed views of God –He wants our love, not just our obedience –God would rather see a dirty face than a clean back
Result of Right View of God We react by wanting to take off the dirty shirt –We are thankful that God pointed out the dirty shirt –We are not shocked and embarrassed –We dont wonder what others will think –We dont wonder what God will think To make progress, we seek Gods help in time of need Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 4:16 God is not surprised by our sin –Jesus knew Peter would deny Him, but prayed that his faith would not fail We may be surprised (thats the nature of revelation) We seek Christian brothers/sisters and God for help
Healing Involves Denying the Flesh Definition of healing: free to serve others (Gal. 5:13) For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. We have a choice: –Serve ourselves –Serve God by serving others
The choice is not easy There is enmity between Spirit and flesh: (Gal. 5:16-17) 16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. –The word translated contrary indicates deep- seated hostility –Our flesh is antagonized every time we make a spiritual decision
Two Engines A Christian has two engines in him: flesh and Spirit (before Christ he had only one) The two sources fight for control, but only the driver can decide He exercises the choice through the transmission, the will Gal. 5:16 urges not to shift into flesh gear
The Nature of the Flesh Do not fulfill the lust of the flesh –Lust is a strong word involving craving: If I dont get that, Ill die –Example of alcoholics: one more drink and everything will be OK Flesh is deceptive; it never has enough –Capitalism is built on that deception: a promise of satisfaction it cannot deliver –The flesh deceives that a little bit will be enough
The Experience of Flesh vs. Spirit The desires of the flesh are intense –We are never free from them while in this body –People do not want to make a decision they are not at peace with –We are often not at peace with godly decisions: they involve crucifying the flesh –But godly decisions lead to a peace that passes all understanding –Flesh can be the most immediate desire The desires of the Spirit are deeper (Rom. 7:22) For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. –We are a new creature –We are still susceptible to lies and deceptions –We will not find peace in sin
Why Do Christians Sin? 1. Ignorance of Who We Are People need to know who they are before what to do –Otherwise, they are legalists –Otherwise, they try to do Gods work in their strength –Obedience follows hearing Jesus voice and responding in love Example of pagan living with girlfriend –Get him regenerated first –Then take him to the Word and let Christ speak to him Revelation begins with who we are in Christ
Why Do Christians Sin? 2. We Forget Who We Are The devil tries to confuse us with propositional statements –Im no good –Thats a lie for a Christian –Who are we to tell God whats good and not good (Rom. 3:4a) Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. Need to measure propositional statements against Gods truth Example of Christian girl believing a lie about her parents
Why Do Christians Sin? 3. We Rebel Against Who We Are We rebel much more than we think we do We put on a Christian veneer to cover our rebellion When we grumble against circumstances, hard work, stubborn sheep, we grumble against God We dont believe God is really good because He doesnt look good to us –Our point-of-view needs changing –Need to grow in faith: improve vertical relationship, see Gods point of view
Why Do Christians Sin? 4. We Are Passive We refuse to choose When you refuse to choose, who wins? The flesh. You have to choose the Spirit (Gal. 5:16) I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Why? God respects your ability to choose –He doesnt force Christians to choose Him –He doesnt deceive Christians into choosing Him If we choose freely, that brings God glory Jesus dies to restore agency (John 8:34, 36) 34 Jesus answered them, Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
The Devils Assault: Part 1 We are called to resist the devil (1 Pet. 5:8-9) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
The Devils Assault: Part 2 We give place to the devil (Eph. 4:26-27) 26 Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil.
The Devils Assault: Part 3 The devil can eventually tell people lies directly –They say things that are absolutely false –They become confused about their identity –Example: Christian committing suicide
Adults Do Not Come to Christ With a Whole Circle The devil attacks areas hes previously had influence over Attacks are an opportunity for healing: (2 Cor. 10:3-5) 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ Fortress sins dont just pop up –They are developed over time –They often have deep roots
The Sin Tree Gal. 5:19-21a and Eph. 5:5 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like… 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater…
Summary Two types of sin: superficial and besetting To make progress: –Revelation from the Word of God –Proper view of God as proud and loving father –We are eager to take off our dirty shirt (old life) Healing involves denying the flesh –The Spirit wars with the flesh –The Spirit is our deeper desire Christians continue to sin because 1. Ignorance of who we are 2. We forget who we are 3. We rebel against who we are 4. We are passive The devil assaults us in stages The sin tree: sexual, social, religious, appetite, greed