Transformed: Helping Others to Change
Think of the changes you have had to make in your life. Maybe you’ve had to change your career goals or had a change of relationships. Maybe health issues had a major impact on you. Maybe you truly mastered a new subject or discipline at school, or changed direction, following a passion or interest. Maybe you made a very deliberate decision to change something in your work life, or a habit, or you looked more deeply within and decided to change something about yourself. And think too of the people you have helped to change. Maybe you worked with a child who needed your coaching to be able to read. Maybe your patient love and listening helped someone overcome their fears or anxiety. Maybe you coached kids so they could gain some athletic or teamwork skills. God works powerfully in our experience of change, helping us to become faithful disciples who live and share the love of Jesus Christ with the world. We help to imprint the image of Christ on to people’s lives and our world.
Peter helps the church to change, to make a profound shift. Through his vision and leadership and the movement of the Holy Spirit, Peter helps the church let go of some old rules from the Hebrew Bible, about eating what is unclean, about welcoming people who were previously seen as unclean. Peter reminds us, that where we have been touched by faith and claimed by God, we are to help others to know the power and gift of a new life. We are God’s instruments of change. Sunday, we’ll talk about Peter’s unusual vision and encounter with an unlikely new Christian and how Peter moved the early church into a time of significant change that made it possible for all of us to become disciples of Jesus Christ. We’ll talk about the steps of helping someone to change. Sunday, we worship the God who can make all things new, including us, and can help others to become new through us.
Dave Summers, PhD
602.840.8360, Ext 131
P.S. Come early or plan to stay late for the Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, hosted by Thrive 34 and the Children’s Ministry Team, 9-11:30 am in the Fellowship Center. Proceeds support the 3rd and 4th graders’ need for a new church van to help transport students to activities in town and out of town, and especially to Mingus Mountain Camp and Retreat Center. Suggested donation is just $5 for all-you-can-eat pancakes, with one side each of coffee, juice and sausage. Read More.
Last week, we kicked off the winter/spring 2018 Journeys small groups at PVUMC program, and will have more guidebooks this Sunday if you didn’t pick one up last week. It’s time to plan the next stage of your journey and transformation.