One of the most important issues regarding change in the church is to know the difference between what can change and what should never change. What are the . . .
Change can be difficult but an environment where true body life exists paves the way for navigating through change and coming out better on the other site. We can better embrace change because . . .
Promoting Body Life when making changes provides safeguards for the following reasons:
1) Body Life engenders . . .
o be the salt and light in the world we are called to be, we need to always maintain God’s unchanging truth but be willing to make changes in how that message is presented. Yet, in the church we frequently find resistance to change. Such resistance often stems from fears and insecurities.
The Great Commission Can Help Us Overcome Fears & Insecurities Related to Change . . .
. . . Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Rom. 12:1-2)
While these verses pertain to a broader, spiritual application than some of the change we must manage in the Church, it does provide insight into the change process which involves the mind. This transformation (same Greek word, metamorphoo) is referenced in 2 Corinthians 3:18 . . .
Think of what too often accompanies change in the Church — self-centeredness, self-ambition, arrogance / pride, disunity. These are the opposite of what God exhorts us to display toward one another in Philippians 2:1-4 — “being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
So, what is going wrong with the way we manage change? Read on in Philippians 2 and we find the answer. We are to . . .