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By Ed Young
August 23, 2015
From the superficial to the significant, we all have something we want to change in our lives. But to experience a real difference in our lives; for change to actually matter, we have to start with the right position and posture.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young lays the groundwork and introduces us to the only agent that can bring about lasting change. With three powerful steps, we discover a plan and a purpose for experiencing the change God has in store for our lives.
What a story! That’s what change is all about. I want you to meet Drew and Aubrey, they’re on our front row. And Drew is now our student pastor and they’re a dynamic family.
I need to change. Is that the truth? I know it’s true in my life and it’s true in your life as well. Make sure that you take out our outlines. It’s a message map. Ineedtochange.com, that’s our website, that’s our domain. And you can log onto that and write down stories of change. We’re gonna hear some amazing stuff over the next several sessions. I need to change.
I made these for you because I want you to put them in a prominent place after the series is done. Whenever you’re struggling with something, a hurtful habit, a hang-up, an addition, whatever it is, you can go through some of the steps we’re talking about. And I want to tell you something, change will happen.
I’m going to begin this series, though, with a shocking statement. This statement is going to sound paradoxical, weird, it won’t really make sense. A lot of you are going to say, well, the math doesn’t work. The beginning of change is simply this: it’s admitting I can’t. Let me say it again. How do I begin change in my life? I say, “I can’t change.” I can’t change. So I want you here or at one of our many different locations to say, “I can’t change.” On the count of three, 1-2-3, I can’t change. Say it again. I can’t change. Now for some of us that’s the first time we’ve ever said that. Now look to your neighbor, maybe to the right or to the left, and say, ‘You can’t change either.” I can’t change.
Obviously I can change superficially but I’m talking about significantly. I’m talking about supernatural change. I’m talking about the crux of change. Again, I can’t change. Yeah, I can make changes like in hair color. I can change houses. I can change spouses. I can change locations. I can change jobs. I can change teams. It’s like we’re addicted to change, but the change that we’re addicted to is superficial change. I do believe, though, this desire we have for change comes from our great God.
The Hem of Him
August 30, 2015
Change is inevitable. Whether or not we want it to happen, it will. But sometimes in life, there are changes that we do want to happen. How can we experience those?
In this message, Pastor Ed Young looks at the story of a woman in the Bible who was desperate for change. He shows us what she did – and didn’t do – to experience the change she wanted. By following her example, we discover that the catalyst for change isn’t always what we think it is. Sometimes it simply takes a willingness to reach out.
What is it that you need to change? What is it you need to change? Maybe it’s a character defect. Maybe your pants are too loud. Maybe you’re thinking, I need to change my spouse, a hurtful habit, an addiction, a character defect. What is it that you need to change? You might be here. You could be in Dallas, Fort Worth, maybe even in Miami or the UK or the middle east watching this and you’re like, I don’t really need to change anything. I mean, I’ve got it together. If that’s you then you definitely need to change because you have a pride issue! Because the moment we say we don’t need to change is the moment we should go, “Whoa. I need to change.”
We can’t change unless we admit we can’t change. I’m talking about significant change, I’m not talking about superficial change. Yeah, we can tweak things, we can alter things. Yet what I’m talking about is true change, real change. It’s like our culture on one hand is addicted to change. We change so much. Yet on the other hand we say, “I don’t like to change.” Again, don’t think about your spouse, your kid. Don’t think about your boss, your teacher, your coach. Don’t think about your neighbor. Think about yourself. What is it that you need to change.
We provided a message map for you and it says, “I need to change” on it. Ineedtochange.com. And you’ll have some blanks that you need to fill in. And these blanks are kinda screaming, “Fill me in. Fill me in!” because there’s something about a blank, you just want to write on the blank. Get ready to write because we’re gonna talk about change.
People say, well my life has been change. God has changed my life. Can God really change a life? What does it mean to change? That’s what we’re tackling today.
Last time as I began this series of talks I said something that I want to revisit. What we cover, God uncovers. What we uncover, God covers. The Bible says in the book of Proverbs, Proverbs chapter 28, verse 13, “He who conceals his sins does not prosper.” In other words, if I cover my sin, if I cover this character defect, if I cover my lust, if I cover my anger then I’m not gonna prosper. “But whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
The Hokey Pokey
September 6, 2015
“To change” means “to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of something different from what it is.” God wants us all to experience His kind of change, because that is the kind of change that brings about the greatest purpose and potential in our lives. But the questions we all ask are, “How can I change?” and “What do I need to change?”
In this message, Pastor Ed Young unpacks a key verse of Scripture. This lesson, when we apply to our daily lives, not only shows us what to change, but also how to implement the kind of change that will get us going in the right direction. Sometimes, it’s just about putting our whole selves into the right thing!
<video of Justin Gould’s life story>
The family is the cornerstone of who we are. More than any other force it shapes our attitude, our hopes, our ambitions, and our values.
Justin: I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I was two years old and my mom and dad got divorced. Dad wasn’t around in the picture at all. Growing up in my household we had a single mom of 3 kids. It was organized chaos. She got married, had twin sisters, and my mom and her husband at the time were married for several years. During that time we started going to a church down in the Houston area. Eight years old, the preacher was up there and was like, hey, if you want to ask Jesus into your life you can say this right here. So I did that. I got baptized and probably about six months later my mom and her husband at the time got divorced and that was pretty much the end of our church history. My mom just continued to find herself in these relationships with these different guys. There’d be a boyfriend for a few weeks. He would move in and then he would move out. And then another guy would move in and then they’d get married and she’d divorced. And just kind of this cycle of relationship after relationship after relationship. And I remember there was one time my mom was dating a guy. They ended up breaking up and it messed her up so bad that I get a phone call from somebody saying, hey, your mom’s going to the hospital. My mom swallows who-knows-how-many Tylenol, like basically tries to kill herself.
Really all along with these different relationships, these guys that would move in and move out, I got really jaded. I didn’t have a clue what a healthy marriage looked like, much less a Godly marriage. That didn’t even make sense to me.
What would you change about your life if you could? Let’s face it. We all have something about ourselves we want to change, whether it is big or small. Some people dread, even avoid change; others seek it out. But change may not always be what we think it is.
When it comes to change, we think it only takes a certain amount of determination, drive, and discipline. But there’s much more to it. In this series, Ed Young teaches where real change comes from. When we tap into the power God has to change us, we discover the one change agents that can radically alter everything about our lives, forever.