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Change

Acts 22:1-10

by John French


  • Introduction
    • 1. Growth requires change
    • 2. Opportunity offers decision to change or not
      • a. People can be put in your path to offer choice
        • 1. Jesus did with Paul
  • I. CHANGE IS SCARY
    • A. Paul Was Blind for Three Days without Food or Drink (Acts 9:5)
    • B. Fear Can Cripple or Paralyze
  • II. BENEFITS OF CHANGE
    • A. Stop Feeling Stagnant (2 Corinthians 5:17)
    • B. Change Takes Place in the Heart (Ephesians 4:17-24)
      • 1. Put off old self, put on new one
      • 2. Whole new life
      • 3. All becomes new
      • 4. New perspective
      • 5. Born again
      • 6. Change of mind
      • 7. Paul heard of Christ then started eating, drinking, living (Acts 9:19)
        • a. Paul quit living in the past (Philippians 3:7-8)
        • b. First step, Paul was afraid
        • c. Others grew because of Paul's growth
          • 1. Church edified, comforted, multiplied (Acts 9:31, 20-22)
    • C. You Are Crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)
      • 1. Painful
      • 2. Sacrifice
      • 3. Renewed, transformed
    • D. Christ Now Lives In You
      • 1. Live now by faith
    • E. Christ Gave Himself for You While a Sinner (Romans 7:24-25)
      • 1. Appreciation
      • 2. New opportunity
      • 3. Released from old law (Romans 7:6)
      • 4. In new life of the Spirit
  • III. FEAR CAN HOLD YOU CAPTIVE
    • A. What Stops You from Change?
      • 1. Fear of unknown
        • a. So ask what is expected
  • IV. YOU NEED TO CHANGE (Matthew 16:25)
    • A. It Is All About You When a Child
      • 1. It is about Jesus, not you
      • 2. To save your life is to lose it
      • 3. To give it up is to find it
    • B. Gain Full Joy, Overflowing
    • C. You Can Feel Vulnerable
      • 1. You might lose something
        • a. Actually do lose the bad
        • b. Look at what you gain
          • 1. Last enemy destroyed is death
          • 2. New heaven and new earth
          • 3. No suffering
  • V. FEAR OF FAILURE CAN PREVENT CHANGE
    • A. Ananias Scared to Talk to Paul (Acts 9:13)
    • B. Change Requires Confidence
    • C. Change Takes Courage (John 12:41-43)
      • 1. Some lack support
        • a. Paul tried for support but Church against him
        • b. Barnabus stood up for him (Acts 9:26-27)
  • VI. HOW TO OVERCOME FEAR
    • A. Trust
      • 1. Joseph trusted many times
      • 2. Don't trust = don't improve
    • B. Faith in God (Acts 9:5-6)
      • 1. God is a rewarder (Hebrews 11:6)
      • 2. Seek first the kingdom
      • 3. God provides all that is needed
    • C. You Must Be Willing to Change
      • 1. Faith in those trustworthy (Acts 9:27)
      • 2. Hope
      • 3. Don't be like the world
    • D. Communication
      • 1. Cast cares on God, trust Him
    • E. Share with Others (James 5:16)
      • 1. Connection
      • 2. Become and stay connected with God
  • Conclusion
    • A. Invitation came from Jesus
      • 1. Must be receptive
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