Imitation or Transformation?

Text:  Acts 19:11-20



      Extraordinary miracles


               Evil spirits cast out


The Usurpers

      Pretenders seeking personal gain

      Seven Sons of Sceva

               Subdued and overpowered

               Fled naked and wounded


The Impotence of Imitation


        But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 
For men will be lovers of self, lovers of, money, boastful, arrogant,
revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving,
irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal,
haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure
rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although
they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. 2 Tim 3: 1-5


The Importance of Transformation


     In Believers

          The enslavement to sin is broken

          The abandonment of sin and its practices is embraced

          There is a dramatic change in the attitudes and actions
                  of the born-again Christian

          The pursuit of holiness is fervently sought even at great
                  personal cost


The Impact of Transformation in Us


     To the Community

            The community will witness the power of God

            The fear of the Lord will fall upon them

            Jesus will be magnified

            The reality of truly changed lives will be abundantly evident

            The gospel will be proven powerful and relevant



           Are you holding to a form of godliness,
      but denying its power to truly transform you?
    Are you radically transformed, and publicly and
    fervently pursuing holiness no matter the cost?

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