Lessons for the Third Quarter 2018
Reforming and Transforming
Written by Jody McCoy and Jason Overman
Paul’s famous words to the Romans form the basis of this quarterly:
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (12:2, KJV).
“This world” is continually trying to conform us to its way of thinking. Unwittingly, we embrace more of its values than we realize, but the Holy Spirit offers us a new way of thinking and a new set of values — a complete renewal of our minds. As our values change, our desires change. Proof of this transformation is in our actions. As our will aligns with God’s perfect will, we choose to follow His way. That’s His desire for us all.
In this Reforming and Transforming quarterly, we will identify a variety of worldviews that seek to conform our minds to the world and its values. In each lesson we will contrast the idols at the root of these ideologies with the worldview of the Bible and the lordship of Jesus Christ. With renewed minds, we hope to better understand how we are sanctified by God’s Spirit and set apart from the world for His eternal purposes.
“Transforming Vision into Reality”
The three stages of Transforming Vision into Reality (TVR) are Jesus as our Savior, Jesus as our Lord, and the Great Commission. The Holy Spirit transforms our vision into reality as we focus on Jesus (Stages 1 and 2) and follow His plan (Stage 3). The four quarterlies of 2018 compose the second series of the TVR trilogy. The first series (2017) provided a detailed study of the ten-point vision of a vibrant 21st century church. In this current series, we’re focusing on Jesus, and in the final series (2019), we’ll follow His plan.