Conversion: Being Changed by the Gospel

Posted: July 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

BE TOGETHER 

Question:  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 

Question:  If you could change your school, work, or country, what would you change? 

THINK TOGETHER 

            Do people really change?  It is hard to believe that real and lasting change truly happens.  After all, we are who we are…right? 

            But before asking whether or not change is possible, shouldn’t we ask the more fundamental question of whether or not change is needed?  Do I, or you, or your kids, or your parents, or your grandparents, or anyone else really need to change? 

            Last week we talked about our need for the gospel.  Why?  Because we were born sinners, separated from the love of God (Psalm 51).  The Bible says that we are “by nature children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:3).  So, as last week we talked about our need for the gospel, this week we must talk about our need for conversion.  Because we are “by nature children of wrath,” we must undergo a change.  We need to be converted from children of God’s wrath to children of God’s love.  How does this change happen? 

            This change (conversion) happens when we repent of (turn from) our sin and turn to Christ (faith).  We see our sin as an offense against God, recognize our inability to save ourselves, and then we trust in Jesus Christ alone to save us.  And this is not something we can do on our own.  We need God to change our hearts.  Only then can you and I come to the point in our lives where we flee from our sin and trust in Jesus.  When God takes away our sinful heart and replaces it with a pure heart, then you and I repent and put our faith in Jesus Christ as our only hope for salvation.  This is conversion. 

Question:  The change (conversion) we are talking about includes two things:  repentance and faith.  Can someone put their faith in Jesus to save them but fail to repent of sin?  (Read Matthew 3:8) 

GO TOGETHER

 Question:  If conversion is necessary for salvation, what does it mean for my relationships with those who do not know Jesus Christ? (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:18-20) 

QuestionIn all things God is the one who is to get the glory and praise.  This includes our conversion.  How does the fact that our conversion is made possible only because God has first changed our hearts lead us to being a humble people? (Ephesians 2:1-10)

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