Shift, Part 7 – Stranger to Family

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

How have you been tempted to end this sentence? “I believe in God, BUT…”


The Lord had said to Abram [later renamed “Abraham”], “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:1-3 NLT

Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed. Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian.

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you. Galatians 3:23-29 NLT

Sermon Insights:

To be adopted into God’s family means a glorious future.

Jesus has been showing us in detail how to shift from what culture says is normal…what everyone does…to how God created and intended for us to be and live, so that we can have a no regrets life and experience real joy and contentment!

Jesus helps us close the gap between what we say we believe and how we actually live!

Do you claim to be a Christ-follower but live as if God does not exist in any area of your life?

Do you pick and choose which parts of the Bible to obey? Be honest with yourself and God…

What is creating the gap between what you say you believe and how you live? Be honest with a friend…

Lord, thank you for dying to take my guilt so that I can be made into a new person through the forgiveness of my sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit living in me. Help me close the gap between what I believe and who I am!