From the Pastor’s Desk

Your mind matters ~ Pastor Gary

(Continued from last week) In part 2 of our look at Romans 12:1-2 we consider God’s renewal program. In addition to being living sacrifices, Paul exhorts: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” What do we hear when we read, “Do not be conformed to this world”? Many suppose that the walking out of the Christian faith is turning away from immoral behaviours (of the world’s influence) and turning to a new set of moral behaviours (given by God). Although that is the result of a discipled Christian life, it would leave us begging for how one effects such a drastic change in behaviour. Alexander Maclaren helpfully explains that Christ’s Gospel is the power behind the means and ways of all effective transformation in our lives: “The Gospel of Jesus Christ presents itself not as a mere republication of morality, not as merely a new stimulus and motive to do what is right, but as an actual communion to men of a new power to work in them, a strong hand laid upon our poor, feeble hand.” Therefore, before we expect transformation externally, we must have transformation internally by the ‘new nature’ (2 Cor. 5:17) granted us through repentance and faith in Jesus – this becomes the power that works within us (Ephesians 3:20). And the primary way that this transformation occurs is by the renewing of our mind. Before we come to faith in Christ our minds are in opposition to God. Fundamentally, we oppose God’s rightful claim of supremacy over our lives. This leads us to fatally flawed...

God’s Improvement Plan ~ Pastor Gary

One of the most common holiday traditions in our culture is the New Year’s Resolution.  According to Forbes magazine, more people make resolutions than watch the Super Bowl. Popular targets include better health (in particular weight loss and exercise goals), general lifestyle improvement, money management, and relationships.

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