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Transformed Into Living Sacrifices

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10.15.21 | From Faith to Faith

Transformed Into Living Sacrifices

1 Peter 5

Since serving the body of Christ is commanded, important, and one of the ways God transforms us, how are you doing at recognizing and using your gifts to serve the church? Pastor Justin Detmers reminds us that spiritual transformation is not just God honoring, it is attainable and possible through God’s grace.

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The purpose behind John’s writing.

… we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. (1 John 1:4)

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (1 John 2:1)

Sin is a really big deal.

1738: “Oh Lord, enable me to redeem the time which I have spent in sloth.”

1757: “Oh mighty God, enable me to shake off sloth and redeem the time misspent in idleness and sin by diligent application of the days yet remaining.”

1759: “Enable me to shake off idleness and sloth.”

1764: “My indolence since my last reception of the sacrament has sunk into grossest sluggishness. My purpose is from this time to avoid idleness and to rise early”. 

1764: “Not later than 6 if I can.”

1765: “I purpose to rise at 8 because, though, I shall not rise early it will be much earlier than I now rise for I often lie until 2.”

1769: “I am not yet in a state to form any resolutions. I purpose and hope to rise early in the morning, by 8, and by degrees, at 6.”

1775: “When I look back upon resolution of improvement and amendments which have, year after year, been made and broken, why do I yet try to resolve again? I try because reformation is necessary and despair is criminal.” 

1781: “I will not despair, help me, help me, oh my God.”

— Samuel Johnson

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (1 John 2:1)

We have hope in Jesus Christ, knowing that His sacrifice protects our joy from sin.

I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:12-14)

We win because He is strong.

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. (2 Corinthians 11:30)

But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. (1 John 2:20-21)

As Christians, we are anointed by the Holy Spirit.

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)

Joy comes from knowing that we and others know that we and they have eternal life.

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