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January-April 2022

If you lived with Jesus—literally, in the same house with Jesus—for 10-20 years, do you think it would change you? It certainly transformed James, Jesus’ half-brother and author of the book of James. (You can read more about him in Mark 6:3, Acts 12 & 15, and Galatians 1-2.)

The New Testament book of James is a power-packed summary of everything Jesus is and all that Jesus taught. It reads like the book of Proverbs and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), condensed and rolled into one. It’s chock-full of down-to-earth illustrations and memorable one-liners with one goal: to wholly transform us into the image of Christ.

  • James wants us to bear the marks of genuine disciples who love God, love each other, and love our neighbors.
  • Through James, God invites us to live whole lives where our actions are completely integrated and always consistent with the beliefs and values we’ve received from Jesus.

Thankfully, God is on a mission to make fractured people whole, and we are part of His mission! Throughout this series, let’s commit to bringing our fractured selves to Jesus—week after week and day after day—for healing and transformation.

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Mike Graham - January 17, 2021

You Are Enough!

Transformed

Scripture References: John 1:12, Romans 5:1

From Series: "Transformed"

“Have you changed?” That’s a question one spouse, friend, or family member may ask another. The truth is we’ve all changed. Actually, we’re changing every day—for better or for worse. To borrow a metaphor from one of our babbling West Virginia streams... we’re either rowing upstream or we’re being swept downstream. When it comes to our character, there’s no such thing as simply sitting still. The goal of this 4-week series is to think more biblically about our spiritual transformation after we’ve decided to follow Jesus. (Among Bible scholars, this is also known as sanctification, experiential theology, practical divinity, Christian ethics, or piety.) As we study through our church’s Member Statement of Faith update, we’re reminded that rich doctrinal truth is inseparably connected to a vibrant devotional life. Spiritual theology and formation are two sides of the same coin. It’s impossible to do one well without the other. God’s goal for revealing Himself, primarily through His Word, is so that we can know Him—completely realizing and engaging His presence in everyday life. Is this merely a religious substitute for self-help? Not at all. Though habits can be helpful, self-help can never ultimately transform our hearts. We don’t become like Jesus in the same way we train for a marathon or lose weight or study for an exam. So, if we can’t transform into the image of Jesus simply by wanting it more, praying more, reading our Bibles more, attending church more, taking communion more, or hanging out with other believers more... how are we transformed? How can we begin to close the gap between who we really are now and who God wants us to be?

Book: Lies Vs. Truths

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