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Transformed: Being and Becoming

Last year, I tailored my newsletter articles on a theme: “Healthy Things Grow.”  Throughout the year I witnessed how you all took seriously your own wellness (physically, emotionally, and spiritually), as well as the corporate wellness of our congregation.  Of course, that won’t stop.  Driving towards health and wellness is God’s relentless grace at work within us.  But this year I’d like to hone in on one key factor in growing in God’s grace: transformation. 

Our focus for 2017 is called Transformed: Being and Becoming.
 

At the very moment I write this, we are nearing our Christmas celebrations and, if I can be honest, I’ve had it up to here with Transformer toys.  Oh, they’re pretty cool and all.  What’s not to love about action figures that change into cars, tanks, and fighter jets?  I’m just ready for our son to hit a new phase so we don’t have to hear about them.  The thing about these toys is that they only change into one other thing…but us?  We transform all the time!  Our tastes and preferences shift.  Hard times put us in a tailspin and we find ourselves becoming someone we’re not proud of.  And, more positively, we learn and grow and develop and overcome. 

It’s that last type of transformation that God really cares about.  Paul explains to the Corinthian congregation, “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”  Transformation is the direct result of God’s work within you. I hope, now, that you have a whole host of questions in your mind. 

 

How have I been transformed over the last year?  I don’t feel like I’ve changed, am I in a rut?  What’s the next step of transformation that God has for me, my life, my family, or even my community?  All good questions that likely won’t be answered overnight.  Hence, this is our focus for the entire year.  I want to challenge you to consider what transformation in Jesus Christ means for you, our church, our community, and the world.  We will have plenty of times to ask these questions together, so I pray you don’t just tackle them alone.  Just for starters our Baptism Sunday on January 8th, our Message Series during Lent, and a small group called “Living Your Strengths” will all gives us a chance to seek transformation together.

I very much look forward to this year, and to also be transformed in Jesus Christ with all of you, my brothers and sisters.

 

-Pastor Erik Marshall