Imitation or Transformation?

Text:  Acts 19:11-20

 

THE GOD OF THE SPECTACULAR

      Extraordinary miracles

               Healing

               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?
                                           or
    Are you radically transformed, and publicly and
    fervently pursuing holiness no matter the cost?

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