“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
(Romans 12:2 NIV)
The only way to truly change your life is to change the way you think. That’s why the Bible says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” [Romans 12:2 NIV]
What is the difference between “conforming” and “transforming?” According to the dictionary, to conform means to “make or become the same” or “to behave in a conventional way by accepting without question the customs, traditions, and prevailing opinions of others.” In other words, to conform is to fit into somebody else’s mold; it’s to do things the way everybody else does.
On the other hand, to transform means to “change the condition, function, nature, character or personality” of something.
- CONFORMING has to do with behavior.
TRANSFORMING has to do with character.
CONFORMING is from the outside in.
TRANSFORMING is from the inside out.
Conforming is something we do to ourselves. Transforming is something God does to us. And He transforms us by renewing our minds. You see, God doesn’t just want to change your behavior. He wants to change the way you think. The Bible says, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” [Proverbs 23:7 NKJV) Your thoughts control your actions. So if you want to change the way you act, you must start by changing the way you think. If you want to be like Christ, you must learn to think like Christ.
This all-church study will focus on the transforming power of Jesus Christ. Specifically, we’ll look at God’s plan to transform our lives in seven key areas: spiritual health, physical health, mental health, emotional health, relational health, financial health and vocational health.
There are three ways to participate in this 8 week all-church study. All of three will work best if you buy a “Transformed” workbook:
- Attend the Sunday services and take notes from the sermons in your workbook.
- Attend the Sunday services, take notes and do the daily devotionals in your workbook.
- Attend the Sunday services, take notes, do the daily devotionals and participate in a small group on Sunday night or Wednesday night using your workbook.
The “Transformed” study will begin on January 8 and conclude on March 5. The Sunday sermon schedule is listed below:
- January 15 – “Setting Personal Goals By Faith”
January 22 – “Getting Closer to God: Spiritual Health” (Groups begin)
January 29 – “From Stressed to Blessed: Physical Health”
February 5 – SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
February 12 – “Change Your Life By Changing Your Mind: Mental Health”
February 19 – “Dealing With How You Feel: Emotional Health”
February 26 – “Facing the Fears That Ruin Relationships: Relational Health”
March 5 – “Transforming How I See and Use Money: Financial Health”
March 12 – “Facing Giants In Life and Work: Vocational Health”