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How God Produces Change

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How God Produces Change

Acts 10

 

1.       He starts where we are. (10:9-16)

·         He addressed Peters values & convictions.

·         He shows him that the change will not cause him to violate his values & convictions (v. 15)

2.       He allows us to challenge His ideas. (10:14-15)

·         If we are presenting something that really needs to happen and will be for the benefit of others, it can stand up to their questions and objections.

3.       He gives us time to work through our resistance. (10:16-17)

·         Most of us have reservations about change.

·         Not demanding automatic agreement is just a good way to help people embrace a “strange” idea.

4.       He presents the truth in an abstract way before we actually face the challenge in real life. (10:17-20)

5.       He invites us to enjoy and participate in the “new”, instead of clinging to the “old”, just because it’s comfortable. (10:34-48)

·         Peter was shown that what he valued (People being in a right relationship with God) was what God valued.

·         Peter was shown that there was more enjoyment in going with God’s plan, than in clinging to the narrow confines of what we think is acceptable.

6.       He convinces a key leader and then calls on that leader to champion the cause among others who also need to enjoy the change.  (11:1-18)

How God Produces Change

Acts 10

 

7.       He starts where we are. (10:9-16)

·         He addressed Peters values & convictions.

·         He shows him that the change will not cause him to violate his values & convictions (v. 15)

8.       He allows us to challenge His ideas. (10:14-15)

·         If we are presenting something that really needs to happen and will be for the benefit of others, it can stand up to their questions and objections.

9.       He gives us time to work through our resistance. (10:16-17)

·         Most of us have reservations about change.

·         Not demanding automatic agreement is just a good way to help people embrace a “strange” idea.

10.   He presents the truth in an abstract way before we actually face the challenge in real life. (10:17-20)

11.   He invites us to enjoy and participate in the “new”, instead of clinging to the “old”, just because it’s comfortable. (10:34-48)

·         Peter was shown that what he valued (People being in a right relationship with God) was what God valued.

·         Peter was shown that there was more enjoyment in going with God’s plan, than in clinging to the narrow confines of what we think is acceptable.

12.   He convinces a key leader and then calls on that leader to champion the cause among others who also need to enjoy the change.  (11:1-18)

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