Transformation by Matt Chandler at Acts 29 Boot Camp, Dallas 2011

(VIA) Mark Driscoll#Twitter

The Acts29 blog has audio available from Matt Chandler’s talk, yesterday, April 10, at the Dallas Boot Camp. Listen to the MP3 audio here.

Matt Chandler

Here is an excerpt:

Before thinking about mission, let’s first look at how the Scriptures talk about transformation.

2 Corinthians says: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” It’s important for us to understand how this ‘new creation’ occurs. The Puritans used the term vivification – which is when we get caught up in the righteousness of Christ so that we are transformed in how we live our lives.

Transformation is nothing like “I quit looking at porn so Jesus would love me.” That’s not how this thing works. Neither is it “if I could just be good enough, then ___________.”

Earning our righteousness is a death trap. In fact, it’s this backward understanding of the gospel that in the end has emasculated missions.

Watch the Scriptures talk about how we’re transformed.

Then Matt goes on to show how the Gospel shows that we should be transformed:

Watch the Scriptures talk about how we’re transformed.

How does Colossians three start? If we have been baptized into Christ’s life then “set your minds on…” – on what? “…on things above” – where Christ is seated.

And how does 2 Corinthians say we are transformed? By beholding. In beholding Christ we are transformed from one degree of glory to the next.

You’re not transformed by saying, “here are the behaviors I must stop.” You’re transformed, rather, by realizing: “isn’t Jesus better than these things?”

We had a guy at The Village say this at our church: “you know why you look at porn? Because you want to.”

“No, I don’t!” is the typical, whiny response.

My response is: Yes, you do. You want to, which is why you do it. So let’s get past the “Oh, I’m a victim!” mentality. You are a wicked, unrighteous man in need of a righteousness that you’ll never possess outside of Jesus Christ.

So our push is in to Jesus, our desire is toward him, so that our affection in him overrides our “want to” of it.

This is John Owen 101. „Oh to behold the Glory of Christ! Here in would I live, Here in would I die, here on would I dwell in my thoughts and my affections until all things here below become as dead and deformed things, and in no longer, any way, calling out for my affections.”

I know this sounds crazy, but this is the beginning of mission. If we don’t get this right, we get mission wrong. Let’s look at what comes right after this transformation in 2 Corinthians five again, adding verse 18:

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come. All this is from God who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.

Transformation precedes and leads to mission.

Listen to Matt’s full message here.

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5 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. GABi Bogdan
    apr. 11, 2011 @ 23:23:15

    Chandler is so right. Very good material today.
    There is something interesting going on Friday, (before easter). I have seen a promo.
    http://www2.lifeway.com/secretchurch/?CID=RDR-SecretChurch
    Have you heard David Platt before? He spoke at a DG conference. There is a little church here that will have a 6 hrs simulcast , i might go.

    • rodi
      apr. 12, 2011 @ 08:53:28

      I posted some of David Platt’s sermons before; if you search his name on my blog, you will come up with I think 3 articles. If you have time to listen to this one http://wp.me/p1eavz-1XE, he talks to the students at Multnomah University in Portland, among other subjects, he retells the story about going to an underground Asian Church in the night and teaching them the Old testament for about 8 hours and then they ask him to teach them the New Testament, and they spend another several hours in the Word. He also tells of a couple in their seventies who go on missions into a Middle East war ravaged country instead of kicking back for their retirement. This is how he trains his Birmingham, Alabama Church which he has been pastor of for about 5 years.

      By all means, if you go to the service on Good Friday, you will be blessed and challenged. I found his church’s site with every sermon he preached since he pastored his church.Video: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/brook-hills-video/id319699836 and Audio:
      http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/brook-hills-audio/id319699838

      And read his Book ‘Radical’ if you get the chance. My husband and I were talking about him last week; thinking that he was certainly going to be at the forefront of evangelical leadership (the Southern Baptists and Desiring God are inviting him to speak everywhere),and while we were discussing him someone on Klove was talking about reading his book and being challenged and changed by it. One other thing I thought was very interesting, is that David Platt said he gets told that he has much emotion and you can’t trust emotions, and he did not back away. He said how can you not have emotion when you truly understand God and His work.

      I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it’ „God, in His grace, and in an unprecedented way, has given us such strong, faithful leaders to teach us, that whoever seeks the Lord will find Him.” And people are hearing and finding David Platt’s messages, the blog entries I have for him get hits daily and are shared through email and Facebook. Thank You Lord for your servant David Platt!

    • rodi
      apr. 12, 2011 @ 09:04:32

      P.S.Gabi, if you go can you find out if the simulcast will be made available on CD in the near future? I just reread the description from the link you gave me, and it looks like a good 6 hour sermon to give to a new believer as it covers „From cover to cover in Scripture, God’s grand design is to display His glory in the salvation of sinners.” Come to think of it, this is very useful to watch with older children and teenagers too.

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