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Philip -- The Real Doubting Disciple (6 of 13)
12 Men Who Changed The World
INTRO: I want you to take God's precious and powerful Word now this morning and be finding your place at John chapter 1 if you would. We're picking up and continuing this morning in our series of character studies on the 12 ordinary men who Jesus called and commissioned to come after Him and become His disciples. We've entitled this series of studies, "12 Men Who Changed The World." And the reason why we've given it that title is because the Bible says that the rumor and the reputation that spread all over that part of Palestine about these men is that "these were the men who have turned the whole world upside down." And I'll say it again this morning, just like I did when we began this series of sermons -- my prayer and my hope and my earnest desire is that Christ would call some of you and that Christ would change some of you and that Christ would commission some of you to go out from this place and totally transform the world.
But here's the thing that you and I must never, ever forget. Before we can change the world, we've got to let Him change us. Like the words of that great praise song that we all love to sing say, "I yield my life to the Potter's hand." You see, that's what following Christ is all about. That's what the Christian life is all about. It's about letting Him mold you and make you into the person He wants you to be. It's about walking and talking with Jesus like these men did, because as you spend time with Jesus, you'll soon discover that you are becoming more and more like him. The Bible says in Romans 8:9 that once we're saved, (That's redemption) we are predestined to be conformed to the image and likeness of Jesus. (That's sanctification.) And then the Bible says in Philippians 3:21 that one day God will "transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body." (That's glorification.)
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