It’s hard to find people at our church who don’t know the mission. We say it as, “connecting people to Jesus for life change.” We often celebrate people coming to Jesus Christ as Savior. Sometimes that can leave people thinking that salvation is the only form of life change.
But salvation is just the beginning. And it is a HUGE beginning. It’s a new beginning and a transformation from death to life. I don’t want to say anything to minimize salvation. However, life change is so much more than that first step.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
So, what is the work that God does in us?
With the help of our staff at Southbridge, I compiled a list that describes some types of life change. I simply asked them, “What is life change?” This list is not exhaustive, but hopefully will help you think about how God is changing you and those you minister to.
- Salvation (Moving from without hope and without God to being reconciled to God)
- A person prays publicly for the first time
- A step of generosity
- Repentance of sin
- Becoming an intentional parent
- Husbands leading in their homes
- Wives embracing their role
- A de-churched person falling in love with Christ’s bride the church
- Starting to regularly read the Bible
- Someone begins praying or praying more
- Getting involved in authentic relationships with other believers
- Getting angry less
- Not worrying
- Viewing people as image bearers of God rather than objects or tasks
- Sharing our faith
- Praying with spouse, neighbor, kids, co-worker etc
- Having a genuine desire to share what we have
- Being more patient
- Showing hospitality to others (believers and non-believers)
- Being prepared to give an answer for the hope we have
- Honesty, kindness and self-control
- New desires, not being as conformed to the world
- Being accessible to others with needs
- Genuine humility
- A desire to tell God how much you love Him
- Worship becomes a way of life, not just something we attend
- Serving others, serving your church, serving like Jesus served
- Turning from sin to God
- Any new act of obedience no matter how small or large
- Any new level of trust in God
These are all things we celebrate at Southbridge because these are all life change. This is why we exist as a church, to connect people to Jesus for life change. Maybe you can think of more ways that life change can be seen. We would love to hear how God has changed or is changing your life. If you would like to share your story, click here.
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