Growing as a Christian involves a series of changes. We create our own salvific history as God leads us out of sin into renewed lives in Christ. We become new creations in Christ through a series of interrelated changes. But we need to be ready and willing to take the next step up our staircase of life. Read what the Bible has to say about these changes.
Repentance, change of mind: 2 Cor. 7:10; 1 John 1:6-10.
Regeneration, change of heart: Psalm 51:12; Luke 15:17-24.
Conversion, change of life: Matt. 18:3; Acts 3:26; Gal. 5:16-26.
Adoption, change of family: Romans 8:14-17; 1 John 3:1-3; John 1:12-13.
Sanctification, change of behavior: Heb. 10:14-16; 2 Cor 5:17; Romans 12:1-2.
Justification, change of state (from sin to grace): 1 Cor. 6:11; Romans 3:30-31; Romans 5:9.
Glorification, change of place: 2 Cor. 3:18; Col. 1:11-13; Romans 8:30; Luke 17:21.
Discussion and Sharing:
1. How many of these changes, of these steps, have you experienced in your life?
2. As a result of your reflection on these verses, what changes do you intend to make in your life?