Thursday, 9th Week after Pentecost

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

Text: Romans 12:1-8

Prayer Pointers:

For transformation of your mind

For the gift of God given you by the Holy Spirit

For refocused time

PAUL NOW TURNS HIS DISCUSSION in Romans to what it means for men and women in their daily lives.

Don’t be conformed by the spirit of the world, be transformed by the Holy Spirit of God.

Within that word transformed is a whole world of meaning, but for the moment, let us simply say that it means “change how you think.” If that sounds hard, then imagine poor Nicodemus hearing that he had to be born again!

When we talk about discipleship, we are talking about learning, but our learning is less about content or information as it is about application or practice. There is content, there is information or data, but discipleship is as much or more about habits, about skills, about activity.

So, how do we learn new habits? How do we acquire new skills? Like any such learning, discipleship is

RELATIONAL—it happens within a community, among loving spiritual friendships;

INTENTIONAL—it happens because of deliberate, enduring attachment to Jesus Christ;

DEVELOPMENTAL—it happens through practice, where habits are first tried out, worked on, and mastered over time.

These three: relational, intentional, developmental—are the heart of Christian discipleship. As the Spirit works faith in us over time, these three aspects of Christian discipleship bring about what Paul describes: a people free from the stifling conformity of the world, transformed in how they see God, themselves and the world.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks

--Image from The Chosen, publicity still, "Jesus and his disciples,"


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824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.