A couple of weeks ago, I started a series of blog posts about the importance of being values-driven (give a quick read to the introduction here).
Timing is everything. At least that’s what “they” say. You know “them,” right? The people who write banal one-liners for fortune cookies, bumper stickers, and hack politicians.
But I digress…
No matter the origin, that little axiom is true. How do I know? Blessedly, I am too old and my kids are too young to have been sucked into the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers phenomenon that descended on the United States with the indiscriminate fury of a flu epidemic.
It was the mid-1990s and I was a student pastor at the time, so smallish people in my immediate circles were not immune to the siren song of the MMPR craze. Ever the relevance seeker, I wrote a sermon comparing the Rangers’ ability to morph to the transformative work of Jesus in the life of a believer.
It wasn’t the worst sermon I’ve ever preached, but it’s ranked in the Hall of Shame.
Everybody notices transformation. Even the most distracted driver will notice a new sign on the side of the road (shameless plug: I can’t wait until we get our new church sign for the building!).
A changed life is impossible to ignore. Think about the people in your life who have experienced a life-changing event. The once cantankerous uncle whose life is measured by kindness since he gave His life to Jesus. The wayward teenager who has morphed into a servant because she’s no longer living for herself, but is seeking God’s purposes for her life.
The Bible is chock full of stories about people who were transformed. Jacob wrestled with God and got a new name. Peter was a thick-headed fisherman who later provided leadership for the church. Paul, in addition to a name change, was so transformed by his encounter with Jesus that he went from killing Christians to proclaiming Christ at every opportunity.
God is in the transformation business and He’s still in business!
Personal value: transformation.
I long to see people made new because of a relationship with Jesus, so I am committed to sharing the truth of God’s grace with my immediate community and to the ends of the earth. Since a relationship with Jesus motivates believers to know Him more, I am committed to mentoring and accountability relationships in order to facilitate personal spiritual growth.
What I need to remember:
- NEWS ABOUT PHYLLIS TURNAGE. You may know Phyllis Turnage who serves as the Church Administrator at The Church @ Clayton Crossings. Here’s what I’ve sent to our elder and leadership teams:
- I wanted give you an update about Phyllis Turnage, our church administrator. She has experienced some health challenges over the last few weeks and has recently received a cancer diagnosis. She and her doctors are working through a treatment plan and we will send you updates as new information becomes available. Phyllis has requested your prayers and would like to keep everything “business as usual”. Thank you for keeping your questions to a minimum as she continues to faithfully serve The Church @ Clayton Crossings.
- GIVING AS YOU’RE GONE. The season for traveling is upon on, and I can’t wait to jump in the car for a few road trips this summer. If jaunts away from JoCo are on your agenda this summer, you might want to take advantage of something that has helped the Sanders family remain faithful in giving back to God. You can set up a recurring tithe through PushPay on our website or on the C@CC app. As one wise person once said, automation trumps determination. God has been faithful to us, giving back to Him is a demonstration of our trust in Him (and is an act of obedience), and your faithful giving allows us to continue pointing people to Jesus. Thank you for your faithfulness!
What I’m reading
- Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and His Confrontation with the World by D.A. Carson.
- Everglades by Randy Wayne White. Doc Ford novels are among my favorites!
John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church at Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.
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