Life Change (2 of 12) by Jeff Schreve

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Life Change (2 of 12)
Series: Living Ready, Vol. 1
Jeff Schreve
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10


Take your Bibles and please open to 1st Thessalonians chapter 1. We're in a series on 1st Thessalonians. We started last week. If you weren't here last week, you can still catch up and jump in. And we're going to have a great time studying 1st Thessalonians and 2nd Thessalonians, books that deal a lot with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Now, if you had to sum up Christianity in just a word or two, think in your mind what you would say to someone if they said, ''Give me a word or two that sums up Christianity.'' Some of you might say, ''Well, redeemed.'' We sing that song, Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it; redeemed, redeemed, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. That's a good word. That's a good biblical word to sum up what is Christianity. It's being redeemed. It's being born again. Somebody else might say, ''Well, Christianity is salvation. It's forgiveness.'' You know, I think two words to describe Christianity would be this - life change. What is Christianity? What is it to me? What is it to people? It's life change. It's Jesus by His Spirit, coming into the human spirit and changing a person's life. The Bible says in 2nd Corinthians 5:17, ''Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, a new creation. The old things passed away; behold, new things have come.''

I remember when I was in college, one of the guys that had discipled me, he had a T-shirt that he would wear periodically. And on his T-shirt he had written these words: Another life changed by Jesus Christ. He said that he would get a little nervous wearing that T-shirt sometimes because he said, he was like a walking billboard, and he'd get some weird looks and some weird stares. But then, at the same time, he was proud to wear that T-shirt because his life had been changed by Jesus Christ. Christianity is about life change. Jesus said, ''I came that you might have life, and that you mig ...


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