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Salvation and Transformation

The American church has experienced a disconnect between being saved in Christ and being transformed by Him. This was the substance of our discussion at the Men’s Prayer Breakfast this past week. The question is simply this: “How can a person claim God’s wonderful salvation in Christ and then go on living in the same manner as before?”

The issue is particularly pertinent as we consider Paul’s writings to the Corinthians where he says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5.17). Or again, as he writes to the Ephesians, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Ephes. 2.10).

Todd Ayars, who speaks to us today, knows this transforming presence of Christ in his own life. He was far away from God, living the life of a criminal, when Jesus got hold of him. His life changed overnight. He was transformed.

Why can’t Christian Americans undergo this transformation? What’s keeping us from doing a hundred and eighty degree turn? I believe it’s the same thing that has kept generation after generation of men from being transformed: the will to self. If you’re going to be a follower of Christ, a one hundred percent dedicated follower, you need to get over yourself and get on with the Lord.

Jesus put it this way: “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me” (Matt. 16.24). Now, that doesn’t mean go and get crucified like Christ, but what it does mean is die to self and be born again to life in Christ.

So, we’ve got a lot of confessors out there. People who say they are Christians, but have really never crossed the line from the old life to the new. They’ve said in their hearts, “I like my old life too much to give it up. I’ll just do both…be like I was and then also be like Christ.” Nope. That doesn’t work. Jesus noted that you can’t put new wine in old wine skins. The old skins will burst and the wine will be lost.

This means that  you’ve got to decide. Yes, your will has a part in it. You’ve got to decide to follow Jesus. You must be born again, and transformed.

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About New Hope Christian Fellowship

New Hope Christian Fellowship is a nondenominational Christian church in Show Low, Arizona.

This Show Low nondenominational church is comprised of an independent body of believers, who have found comfort in biblical love, fellowship and spiritual unity. We practice New Testament Christianity in adherence to the Word of God, in faith, in obedience, and servanthood. We are dedicated to that which blesses the Lord Jesus Christ and lifts up His commandments, especially to love one another.

What We Believe: “To do things Jesus’ way, by Jesus’ teaching, and for Jesus’ glory.”

Life Verse: “Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

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