Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene
Changed to Change: Our Mission in Action, Part 1
Locations & Times
  • Church of the Nazarene - Harrisonburg
    1871 Boyers Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM
  • https://www.facebook.com/cotn.hope
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
This week at HFCN
We will be sharing communion today in our worship service. If you're joining us from home, we wanted you to give a heads up about this. If you're here in the room and missed this, you can get your elements from our team at the door.

1. East Rock- There are multiple East Rock Campus events coming up! Click here to check out what's happening with our new campus: https://www.abeaconofhope.org/eastrock/

2. Baptism- If you have made a decision for Christ and have never
been baptized, we would love to help you take that next step!
Text nextstepshburg to 94000 or check out Next Steps in the Church Center app and we'll be in touch!

3. Tech Team- Our tech teams in Harrisonburg and East Rock are in need of volunteers! If you're interested in sound, lighting, or computer/camera operating, please reach out! Any level of experience welcomed. Contact info@abeaconofhope.org OR check out Next Steps in the Church Center app!

4. Discover Your Church- One of our upcoming Next Steps is Discover Your Church on October 24. If you have been with us for a bit and you want to connect and get involved on a deeper level, this class is for you! Check out Discover Your Church in the Church Center app!

Check out our Church Center app to register for Events, stay connected to your Life Group, and manage your Giving. You can also use the app to take those Next Steps!

What is the purpose of the church?

-Ephesians 3 says the purpose of the church is that the wisdom of God might be revealed.
-Ephesians 4 says that there are individual gifts that are to be used within the body, within the church for the work of ministry. God’s ministry is happening through us.
-1 Peter 2 says that we are to declare His praises, the one who saved you and rescued you. Our lives are literally to point towards Him in all we do.
-Acts 2 shows the church forming community, selling what they had, sacrificing and sharing what they had to minister to the needs of ALL. The church was gathering regularly, devoting themselves to the teaching of God’s Word, and to prayer.
What is God’s purpose for our church specifically?
At the beginning of 2020 we introduced a brand new mission statement for our church: Transformed by God to bring hope to others through Christ.
Throughout our “Changed to Change” series we want to explore the following:
-a Biblical understanding of the call to transformation
-Biblical transformation happens in a moment
-Biblical transformation happens over time
-the attainment of Heaven is the ultimate transformation
The bottom line:
The Gospel of Christ is The Gospel of Transformation
1. "BORN AGAIN" (John 3:1-8)

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born (gennaō- to be born or begotten, as in a woman giving birth to a child. Nicodemus' confusion may come from the fact that this use sounds like a literal reference to being actually born, which is Jesus' intent) again." (John 3:3)

-This reference to being “born again” also implies a dying. (John 12:24)
-You can’t read these words of Jesus without clearly understanding that Jesus is interested in complete and total transformation.
-He is talking about being born again.
2 “NEW CREATION” (2 Corinthians 5:14-17)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation (ktisis – the act of founding, being a creature. Also rabbinical usage to refer to those who converted to Judaism from idolatry) has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

-To be transformed from living for self to living for Him is dramatic change.
-One doesn’t happen without the other. You can’t be in relationship with Christ without transformation and you can’t be transformed apart of Christ.
3. “SANCTIFICATION” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
(hagiazō – separate from the profane for dedication to God; Separate, consecrated. Purified. Renewed)

-This is not a symbolic act, but one’s spirit, soul, and body being sanctified, which means to “separate, consecrate, purify or renew.”
-On our own, we are sinners, but the power of transformation is that God can sanctify us, purifying us so that we are no longer slaves to sin.
Scriptures for further study/reflection:

Giving at HFCN

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