Purpose & Process – part 2

“PURPOSE & PROCESS – Part 2”

INTRO: God’s ultimate purpose for mankind is to be conformed to the image of Jesus (Rom. 8:28-29).

THE PROCESS FOR FULFILLING THE PURPOSE:

I. A REVELATION OF JESUS (2Cor. 3:18; 1Jn. 3:2).

  1. As we behold the Lord’s glory, we are transformed into the same image by the Spirit of the Lord (2Cor. 3:18; 4:1).
  2. When we see Jesus as He is, that revelation will cause us to become like Him (1Jn. 3:2)!

II. SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES (1Tim. 4:7-8; Jn. 15:4-5).

  1. Spiritual disciplines – prayer, fasting, reading God’s Word, corporate worship, etc.
  2. Spiritual disciplines are like spiritual exercises (1Tim. 4:7-8).
  3. Abide in Jesus to bear the fruit of Jesus’ image (Jn. 15:4-5).

III. CIRCUMSTANCES (Rom. 8:28).

  1. This verse is only true for those who love God (Jn. 14:15; 21) and for those who give themselves to the calling of God’s purpose of being conformed to the image of Jesus.
  2. Then, all things that happen to us work together for our good of being conformed to the image of Jesus.
  3. God uses but does doesn’t orchestrate all circumstances.
  4. Sources of Circumstances: God, devil, others, us, coincidences (random) and living in a fallen world. 
  5. The pace of the process: gradual, slow, slower, even slower, stuck, and backsliding.

IV. HOW THE PROCESS OF CIRCUMSTANCES WORKS.

  1. Consider yourself fortunate when you face trials (Ja. 1:2).
  2. The testing of faith produces patience/endurance (Ja. 1:3).
  3. Trust the process rather than taking shortcuts (Ja. 1:4).
  4. Ask God for wisdom in your trials (Ja. 1:5).
  5. Welcome your trials as friends (James 1:2 Phillips)!

 “Give others the right to be themselves, but, give them the right not to give you the right to be yourself!” – Bill Hamon