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1 Creando Una Fundación Para Cambio Some time back, I received the following letter.Every day I wake up with good intentions to change my ways. I think today is going to be different. But it never is. Somehow and someway, I fall back into my same old ways of relating to people and my old bad habits. Sometimes I feel like there’s a tug-of-war inside me. I really want to do what’s best, but I always end up disappointing myself and God. I’ve tried everything – prayer, resolution, self-help tapes, and even hypnosis. Nothing seems to work. Why do I keep making the same bad mistakes? Why am I so resistant to change? Why do I do the things that I know are bad for me? I’m very discouraged. Pastor Rick, I need help.Do you ever feel like that? Do you have anyone in your church who feels like that? The fact is, good intentions are never good enough. The kind of change that God wants to see in your life, in my life, and in the lives of people in our churches does not happen by simple willpower. The truth is we all have hurts, habits, and hang-ups that keep us from being everything that God has created us to be. These hurts, habits, and hang-ups ensnare pastors as well – and we won’t change simply by trying harder.New Hope Christian Fellowship-Casa De DiosPastores John y Lucinda JaramilloDomingo, El 16 de agosto del 2009
2 36 Así que, si el Hijo os libertare, seréis verdaderamente libres. Juan 8:3636 Así que, si el Hijo os libertare, seréis verdaderamente libres.The Bible says, “If the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free” (John 8:36 NIV). But if you look around in many of our churches, we have a lot of people sitting in chains. We’re not living free. I’ve seen people who have been Christians for 20 years, and they still have the same habits, the same struggles, and the same carnality that everyone else does. They are simply not growing. Jesus says, “I will set you free,” but most of us don’t really feel free, and we certainly don’t live free. Instead, we feel more like Paul. In Romans chapter 7, Paul says, “I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate. I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience shows that I agree that the law is good. But I can’t help myself, because it is sin inside me that makes me do these evil things … No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right. I want to, but I can’t. When I want to do good, I don’t. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway.” All of us know where Paul is coming from. In every human being there’s a civil war going on inside – between what is good and what is bad, between God and Satan. The changes that God wants to see happen in your life, and in the lives of the people in your church and your community, are going to take more than prayer. Just attending church isn’t the answer either. I grew up in a pastor’s home, and I’ve been around church people all my life. I realized pretty early that there were people who had been in church all their life and they were just as envious, just as angry, and just as cantankerous as everyone else. Church alone doesn’t change you.
3 Cómo Experimentar Cambio Verdadero Romanos 7:25 25 Gracias doy a Dios, por Jesucristo Señor nuestro. Así que, yo mismo con la mente sirvo a la ley de Dios, mas con la carne a la ley del pecado.In fact, as you keep reading in Romans 7, Paul tells you what the answer to real life change is. And Paul’s answer for life change is the same as ours and the same as the answer for the people sitting in our church each weekend. He says, “Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:25). Jesus is the answer. You and I have to show people how Jesus brings about lasting change. Jesus uses a process to change our lives. Most of us don’t understand that process, though. And we can’t cooperate with that process if we don’t understand it. This fall at Saddleback we’re going to look at that process, found in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, during a spiritual growth experience called Life’s Healing Choices.Churches like yours can be a part of this time of transformation. As we prepare for the September launch, we’re going to look at the foundations of change that will lay the groundwork for the fall campaign. These foundations have been part of Saddleback for the past 30 years. We’ve seen more than 20,000 believers baptized at Saddleback over the past 30 years. But we haven’t just brought them into the church. We’ve built them up, trained them for ministry, and sent them around the world on mission. We’ve sent over 8,000 Saddleback members to 69 countries. Life change has been at the center of what we’ve done.These nine foundational truths about life change have been with us since the beginning. I’ll share the first three in this issue and the last six in the next issue.
4 Fundaciones Verdaderas Para El Cambio: Comprender que la meta para el cambio es ser Como Cristo.Romanos 8:29 “Porque a los que antes conoció, también los predestinó para que fuesen hechos conformes a la imagen de su Hijo, para que él sea el primogénito entre muchos hermanos.”1. Understand that the goal of all change is Christlikeness.God doesn’t want us to be happy; he wants us to be holy. We become holy as we become more like Jesus. When you look out at your congregation this weekend, remember this – God’s goal for the people you see isn’t balance, happiness, or comfort. He wants nothing less than for them to become like Jesus. Paul tells us in Romans 8:29 (NIV), “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” We have a phrase here in America, “Like father, like son.” God wants nothing more than for us to become like Jesus. God wants us to change to become like Jesus in how we act, how we talk, how we relate to others, how we relate to God, and every other aspect of our lives. This fall the eight choices we’ll talk about during the Life’s Healing Choices study will all focus on making us more like Jesus. That’s always the goal of biblical change.
5 Fundaciones Verdaderas Para El Cambio: Reconoce que tu y Dios tienen una parte en el cambioFilipenses 2: 12-13, “12 Por tanto, amados míos, como siempre habéis obedecido, no como en mi presencia solamente, sino mucho más ahora en mi ausencia, ocupaos en vuestra salvación con temor y temblor, 13 porque Dios es el que en vosotros produce así el querer como el hacer, por su buena voluntad.”2. Realize that both you and God have a part to play in changing.You can’t do God’s part in the change process, but you must do yours. You can see this clearly when Paul writes in Philippians 2: (NIV),“Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Notice Paul says, “Continue to work out ...” That’s your part. And he says, “for it is God who works in you ...” That's God’s part. We both have a part to play. The Bible doesn’t say to work for your salvation. It says to “work it out.” There’s only one way you can find salvation – by grace through faith. I work out with a trainer a few times a week. What I’ve learned is that you don’t work out to create muscles you don’t have; you work out to strengthen the muscles God has given you. When you “work out” your salvation, you don’t earn it. Instead, you strengthen what God has already given you. You can’t change yourself, but – because of the cross – the Holy Spirit can. You do have a part to play, though.
6 Fundaciones Verdaderas Para El Cambio: Aceptar que el cambio que dura empieza con un decisión.Deuteronomio 30:19, “19 A los cielos y a la tierra llamo por testigos hoy contra vosotros, que os he puesto delante la vida y la muerte, la bendición y la maldición; escoge, pues, la vida, para que vivas tú y tu descendencia”3. Accept that lasting change starts with choice.Whatever hurt, habit, or hang-up you have, change begins with a choice. Choice is one of the greatest gifts that God gives us. In Scripture, God tells us to make healing choices. The Bible says in Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV), “I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”God says life is a choice. Jesus says, “I came so that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” Life is a choice. But most people are just existing. They get up in the morning, go to work, come home, watch TV, and go to bed. Then they get up in the morning, go to work, come home, watch TV, and go to bed. And they just keep repeating that pattern. Then they go to a party on the weekend and think, “Yeah, I’m living.” That's not living. It’s existing. The kind of life that God wants us to have is not automatic. Spiritual growth is not automatic. You have to make choices to help yourself grow. This fall in Life’s Healing Choices we’ll focus specifically on the kind of choices you and those in your church can make to grow spiritually and become more like Jesus. Next week, we’ll look at six more foundations of change. In the meantime, visit more information on how your church can be part of this experience. It’ll be a transformational fall you won’t soon forget!
7 Fundaciones Verdaderas Para El Cambio: Cambio requiere Verdad!Juan 8:32, “32 y conoceréis la verdad, y la verdad os hará libres.”4. Change requires truth.Jesus said in Romans 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” I wish he’d said the rest of it. “When you know the truth, the truth will set you free, but first it makes you miserable.” The reason most of us – and most of the people in our churches – aren’t free is that we don’t want to face the truth about our sin. We don’t want to face the truth about others, our relationships, our parents, or our past. The Bible says our hearts are “desperately wicked.” That deceit has to be countered with the truth of God. Why does truth set us free? The way we think affects the way we feel. And the way we feel affects the way we act. If you want to change the way you act, you don’t want to start with your behavior. You start with your thoughts. The battle for sin always begins in the mind. You can’t stop the thoughts that come into your mind, but you need to know how to divert them. Your mind is like an autopilot. You can go against the autopilot, but it’s hard work! Your autopilot is however you finish this sentence: “It’s just like me to…” It’s just like me to be lazy, or it’s just like me to be late, or it’s just like me to get angry with my spouse. Change happens when we’re honest about what that autopilot is and we counter it with the Word of God. The truth is, behind every self-defeating behavior in your life is a lie that you believe to be true.
8 Creando Una Fundación Para Cambio These nine foundations are crucial foundations for life change. They are also important parts to this fall’s campaign, Life's Healing Choices. I hope your church will be a part of it. Our nation needs real, biblical recovery from hurts, habits, and hang-ups. I can't wait to see what God will do through in our church and your church through this campaign. Will you be a part of it?El Altar Se Abre…Te Invitamos a Crear Una Fundación Para Cambio!
9 Creando Una Fundación Para Cambio - Segunda Parte Some time back, I received the following letter.Every day I wake up with good intentions to change my ways. I think today is going to be different. But it never is. Somehow and someway, I fall back into my same old ways of relating to people and my old bad habits. Sometimes I feel like there’s a tug-of-war inside me. I really want to do what’s best, but I always end up disappointing myself and God. I’ve tried everything – prayer, resolution, self-help tapes, and even hypnosis. Nothing seems to work. Why do I keep making the same bad mistakes? Why am I so resistant to change? Why do I do the things that I know are bad for me? I’m very discouraged. Pastor Rick, I need help.Do you ever feel like that? Do you have anyone in your church who feels like that? The fact is, good intentions are never good enough. The kind of change that God wants to see in your life, in my life, and in the lives of people in our churches does not happen by simple willpower. The truth is we all have hurts, habits, and hang-ups that keep us from being everything that God has created us to be. These hurts, habits, and hang-ups ensnare pastors as well – and we won’t change simply by trying harder.New Hope Christian Fellowship-Casa De DiosPastores John y Lucinda JaramilloDomingo, El 23 de agosto del 2009
10 Fundaciones Verdaderas Para El Cambio: Cambio Verdadero ocurre en la comunidad.Santiago 5:16, “16 Confesaos vuestras ofensas unos a otros, y orad unos por otros, para que seáis sanados. La oración eficaz del justo puede mucho.”5. Lasting change happens in community.Lasting change in the people of your church won’t happen without true community. God wired us to only get well in community or koinonia in the Greek New Testament. Koinonia simply means being as committed to each other as we are to Jesus Christ. You’ve got to open up and share your hurts, habits, and hang-ups if you expect to get over them. James 5:16 (NIV) tells us, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” Revealing your feeling is the beginning of healing. If you want to see true life change in your church, you need to develop community or fellowship in your church.
11 Fundaciones Verdaderas Para El Cambio: Cambio Verdadero es un proceso de paso.1 Corintios 3:18, “18 Nadie se engañe a sí mismo; si alguno entre vosotros se cree sabio en este siglo, hágase ignorante, para que llegue a ser sabio.”6. Lasting change is a step-by-step process.The kind of change that we really long for won’t happen overnight. We wish it would, but change doesn’t work like that. Change happens incrementally. I love what the Message paraphrase says in 1 Corinthians 3:18, “Our lives are gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.” When God enters our lives, we become gradually more like Jesus. This fall, through Life’s Healing Choices, we’ll introduce you to the step-by-step process for life change that Jesus gave us in the Beatitudes. It isn’t instant spiritual maturity. There’s no such thing. It’s a process that leads to life change.
12 Fundaciones Verdaderas Para El Cambio: Cambio Verdadero Requiere Re-enforzado múltiple.Santiago 1:22, “22 Pero sed hacedores de la palabra, y no tan solamente oidores, engañándoos a vosotros mismos.”7. Lasting change requires multiple reinforcement.You’ve got to get truth in a lot of different ways to make the way for lasting change. I mentioned in the last article that I had trouble understanding why people could listen to 20 or 30 years of my dad’s sermons and not grow. But some people just don’t grow by listening. Pastors, it takes more than a sermon to help people grow spiritually. James tells us not to merely listen to the Word of God but to obey it (1:22). He goes on to say that the one who “looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.” It’s the person who remembers the Word of God and does it who is blessed. You’ve got to teach people the Word in multiple ways to make that happen. God loves variety. He wired some people to learn through what they hear. Others learn from they see or read. Others need to do something in order to learn it. That’s what’s so great about campaigns like the one we’ll be doing this fall. Those who participate will hear about it on the weekends. They’ll talk about it in their small groups. They’ll read about it in a book. It’s a comprehensive plan. That’s crucial to seeing lasting change in the lives of people in your church.
13 Fundaciones Verdaderas Para El Cambio: Cambio Verdadero Requiere nuevos Hábitos.Mateo 7:24-27, “ 24 Cualquiera, pues, que me oye estas palabras, y las hace, le compararé a un hombre prudente, que edificó su casa sobre la roca. 25 Descendió lluvia, y vinieron ríos, y soplaron vientos, y golpearon contra aquella casa; y no cayó, porque estaba fundada sobre la roca. 26 Pero cualquiera que me oye estas palabras y no las hace, le compararé a un hombre insensato, que edificó su casa sobre la arena;27 y descendió lluvia, y vinieron ríos, y soplaron vientos, y dieron con ímpetu contra aquella casa; y cayó, y fue grande su ruina.”8. Lasting change requires new habits.You are the sum total of your habits. You’ve got both good and bad ones. But what you do habitually is what you are. You don’t have to think about taking a shower, brushing your teeth, or shaving. You just do it. Those are habits. You’re not an honest person unless you are habitually honest. You’re not faithful to your spouse if you’re only faithful 28 days of the month. You’ve got to be 100 percent faithful. For 2,000 years Christians have been developing good habits. We often call them spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, quiet time, Bible study, solitude, fasting, service, journaling, etc. These are building blocks of spiritual growth. Life’s Healing Choices will be like a boot camp for spiritual growth because you’ll be helping your congregation develop lifelong spiritual disciplines that will lay the foundation for lasting change.
14 Fundaciones Verdaderas Para El Cambio: Cambio Verdadero Cambia a Otros.Efesios 2:19-22, “19 Así que ya no sois extranjeros ni advenedizos, sino conciudadanos de los santos, y miembros de la familia de Dios,20 edificados sobre el fundamento de los apóstoles y profetas, siendo la principal piedra del ángulo Jesucristo mismo, 21 en quien todo el edificio, bien coordinado, va creciendo para ser un templo santo en el Señor;22 en quien vosotros también sois juntamente edificados para morada de Dios en el Espíritu.”9. Real change changes others.When I used to do counseling, I’d have a lot of people come to me and say they wanted to change their spouse, but they didn’t want to change themselves. It doesn’t work that way. You can only change someone else by changing yourself. When you change, you force the other person to change because they can’t respond to you the same old way. When God changes you, he’ll use you to change others. How do you know someone’s life has been changed by God, that they’re spiritually mature? You know the same way that you know if someone is physically mature – reproduction. Spiritually mature people reproduce. And as the people in your congregation experience real life change, they’ll help others find the same hope.
15 Creando Una Fundación Para Cambio These nine foundations are crucial foundations for life change. They are also important parts to this fall’s campaign, Life's Healing Choices. I hope your church will be a part of it. Our nation needs real, biblical recovery from hurts, habits, and hang-ups. I can't wait to see what God will do through in our church and your church through this campaign. Will you be a part of it?El Altar Se Abre…Te Invitamos a Crear Una Fundación Para Cambio!
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