When God transforms our soul, He also transforms our sight. In this sermon, the question we asked was not a question of blindness, “Can we see?” but rather a question of sight, “What do we see?” In 2 Corinthians 4:18, the Apostle Paul tells us we can fix our eyes in such a way that we are able to see the unseen. In Jesus’ own words, the unseen is a like lamp that placed on a stand. It is available to all those who enter in. Once we see the unseen, we can never unsee it. In fact, we soon learn that the unseen is present everywhere in the seen world. When we learn to live by this unseen reality, the unseen become the dimension by which we see everything else in this world. “Open our eyes our Lord, we want to see Jesus!”
When God transforms our souls, we will shift from being a slave of God to being a child of God. This SoulShift centers on love. Love has the power to lure us and the power to enslave us. Once we have experienced God’s deep love for us, we can feel a sense of obligation and expectation to reciprocate that love. The story of Luke 7: 36-50 displays two characters; one that commits acts out of love and the other that has lost his love. When we shift from slave to child, we shift from walking in God’s love for us to walking in a deep love for Him.
SoulShift is a series of how God wants to transform our lives. The key is knowing when to shift and what to shift to. In this sermon, we learn that a transformed life happens beyond the forgiveness of our hearts and the repentance of our thoughts. It happens with the transformation of the soul. It a transformed soul that keeps our heart from a desire to sin. It is a transformed soul that causes the default thought of our mind to begin with God. This transformation of the soul happens through a series of shifts. In this first shift, we discovered that when God transforms our soul, we will shift from the mirror of me to the lens of you.
Good character is a preview of the narrative that is to come. Sometimes we focus more on the preview than we do the narrative itself. In other words, we can have godly characteristics without actually possessing the character of God. Other time we focus so much on who God is that we fail to properly develop our character as a preview to who He is. The story of Joseph in Genesis 39 is a guide for us to have a good character that previews the narrative that is to come. In this sermon, we discuss stages of character growth and how God’s narrative has to be the developing factor.
Relationships require motion to grow and prosper. Where there is motion there will also be friction. Where there is friction, conflict is likely to occur. In this sermon, we discover together biblical ways to handle conflict. Conflict is less about a problem to be solved and is more about a relationship to be restored. When conflict is a problem for us to solve we tend to attack the problem rather than addressing the person. But when we learn to address the person first we realize that the problem will also be resolved.
Relationships rise and fall on promises. It can be a dangerous thing to build our relationships on promises because promises are fragile things. At some time or another, all of us have been hurt by people because of broken promises. When our relationships are built on human promises failure is inevitable. But when our relationships are built on the promises of God we can experience the fullness of those relationships. In this sermon, we discovered three important truths when it comes to compromise in relationships. The first two truths teaches us what not to compromise. The third truth teaches us how to compromise.
People are beautiful. People are also beasts. Ultimately, we do not get to experience one without the other in relationships with people. In the book of Genesis, we encounter components of relationships that reveal both the beauty and the beast of people. These stories of Scripture teach us how to live with both through lives of faith. In the story of Cain and Abel, we learn that comparison has the power to make us better or it has the power to make us bitter. God will use the relationships in our lives to reveal what we need to change and what we need to be content with. In the end, we all must learn to live with the mark of God’s beauty placed on us through the love of Jesus Christ.
In every relationship there is beauty and there is the beast. We all want the beauty without the beast. The secret is learning to live with the latter in order to also experience the former. One area we must learn to live with the beast in order to experience the beauty is in communication. The first sin in the Garden of Eden was a sin of miscommunication. Communication not only has the power to create but miscommunication has the power to destroy what has been created. In this sermon, we discover together how to move past the beast of communication and experience the beauty of it. And thanks to Jesus – grace is still the word that wins!