The Power To Change
Photo: Orlova Maria
Some time ago I made this statement in our church: The older I get, the less I am impressed.
Trends and ideas usually show up in different ways from one decade to another. Powerful spiritual figures come and go. Sometimes their ministries flourish and sometimes they are short-lived. However, what really inspires me is how Jesus Christ can change one’s life.
Recently, Pastor David Ogren, from Great Commission Media Ministries (GCMM), spoke at our church. He led a training session explaining their media campaigns in mega cities throughout the world. The title of their evangelism ministry is The Power to Change. This slogan captures the interest from all cultures.
People from all walks of life are bound by a dynamic power that the Bible calls sin. It reveals itself in what Galatians 5:19-21 says are the acts of the sinful nature.
…Sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like…
Verse 21 emphatically states, “I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
In other words, regardless of the culture, people are bound by behaviors that are rooted in sin. The only power that is greater than sin is the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul states in Romans 1:16-17
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. [Includes all ethnic groups.] For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed - a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
II Corinthians 5:17 says that when we receive the forgiveness of our sins we become a new creation. Other portions of scripture identify believers in Jesus as children of God. (Galatians 3:26-29, 4:6-7)
Therefore, the power of sin is broken and we have the power to change because Jesus Christ is working His life in us (Philippians 1:6); His character becomes our character.
The GCMM campaign lasts for 30 days, where they blast the city with a symphony of media: television programming and advertising, fliers in every home, banners, billboards, bus advertising, newspaper and radio ads. They touch about 90% of cities with life stories from people who have been changed by Jesus.
All media has a telephone number that is directed to a call center where people receive counsel and prayer. Their names are forwarded to churches who follow up the visit with a 100-page Power to Change booklet featuring real life stories, a clear explanation of the gospel and answers to life’s questions.
Bible studies are started, churches assimilate the new believers and the atmosphere of the city changes. People become receptive to hear the gospel.
After the training session, Crossfire attendees buzzed with excitement. Why? Because life produces life. Every believer in Jesus wants others to experience this life-changing power.
Participants were asked to write down ten names of people they want to come to Christ. They were asked to pray for an opportunity to share the gospel with them. Without Jesus, there is no power to change.
If you would like this power to change, I invite you to pray this prayer:
Jesus, I know I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I can’t change myself because the power of sin has ruled my life. I now invite You into my life as my personal Lord and Savior. Live Your life through me and give me the power to change. In Jesus’ name, Amen.