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How Do People Change? Slides, 5/1/11

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How Do People Change? Slides, 5/1/11

  1. 1. Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise manboast in his wisdom, let not the mighty manboast in his might, let not the rich man boastin his riches, but let him who boasts boast inthis, that he understands and knows me, that Iam the LORD who practices steadfast love,justice, and righteousness in the earth. For inthese things I delight, declares the LORD.“ Jeremiah 9:23-24 (ESV)
  2. 2. Gospel is “then-now-then”• “Then” of the past – sins are forgiven, I’m right before God.
  3. 3. Gospel is “then-now-then”• “Then” of the past – sins are forgiven, I’m right before God.• “Then” of the future – eternity with the Lord, free of sin, no more struggle.
  4. 4. Gospel is “then-now-then”• “Then” of the past – sins are forgiven, I’m right before God.• “Then” of the future – eternity with the Lord, free of sin, no more struggle.• “Now” realities of the gospel aren’t so widely taught.
  5. 5. How Do People Change?His divine power has granted to us all thingsthat pertain to life and godliness, through theknowledge of him who called us to his ownglory and excellence, by which he has grantedto us his precious and very great promises, sothat through them you may become partakersof the divine nature, having escaped from thecorruption that is in the world because ofsinful desire.
  6. 6. How Do People Change?For this very reason, make every effort tosupplement your faith with virtue, and virtuewith knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness,and steadfastness with godliness, andgodliness with brotherly affection, andbrotherly affection with love.
  7. 7. How Do People Change?For if these qualities are yours and areincreasing, they keep you from beingineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge ofour Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks thesequalities is so nearsighted that he is blind,having forgotten that he was cleansed fromhis former sins. 2 Peter 1:3-9 (ESV)

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