The Ripple Effect

By Michael Agnew
By Zabdi Piña
By Kristie Davis
By AJ Jerkins
By John Hames
By Makenzie Romero
By Caroline Khameneh
By Victoria Renken
By Kathy Whitthorne
By Paul Leadabrand
By Dawn Johnson
By DJ Newman
By Mary Weyand
By Rob Nickell
By Kathy Whitthorne
By Nila Odom
By Sherene Joseph Rajadurai
By Kristi Sheffy
By Sharon Arrington
By Sarah Crawford
By Betsy Paul
By Angel Piña
By Elizabeth Piña
By Justus George
By Lori Kuykendall
By Chris Kuykendall
By Matt Holland
By Courtney Grimes
By Jessie Yearwood
By Jeff Black
By Brian Severski
By Brian Arrington
By Sandhya Curran
By Will Meier
By Clint Calhoun
By Jen Mayes
By Alf Laukoter
By Neil Wiersum
By Jim Henry
By Erick Rodriguez
By Jenn Wright
By Kevin Harwood
By Nandi Roszhart
By Leah Vanhorn
By Janett Miller
By Isaac Harris
By Charlyn Valencia
By Chad Golden
By Jonathan Cortina
By Kuruvilla (K.O.) Oommen
By John Dyer
By Abe Paul
By Lauren Geppert
By Jennifer Durrett
By Penny Jones
By Jill Asibelua
By Jared Barnett
By Paul Martin
By Norm Headlam
By Kristi Herring
By Albán Snider
By Sissy Mathew
By Shannon Pugh
By Melanie Mechsner
By Kyla Mikusek
By Michelle Garza
By Armando Galvan
By Jeremiah Betron
By Camille Holland
By Rod Myers
By Crystal Elwell
By Darcy Peterson
By Jason Elwell
By Amy Aupperlee
By Tiffany Stein
By Barry Jones
By Bryan Eck
By Tricia Kinsman
By Jason Stein
By Nat Pugh
By Sarah Kemper
By Dana Myers
By Craig Pierce
By Jim Woodward
By Andy McQuitty
By Pete Hyndman
By Kevin Dial
By Jill Hoenig
By Sunitha John
By Tarrin Henry
By RozeLee Rugh
By Beverly Hogan
By Kendra Cordero
By Lisa Gajewski
By Bonnie Goree
By Young-Sam Won
By Chris Beach
By Tom Rugh
By Nick Vuicich
By Andy Franks
By Lead Team
By Jason Roszhart
By Harvard Medical School
By Justin K. Hughes, MA, LPC
By Sherene Joseph
By Earl Davidson
By Rebecca Perry
By Joe Padilla
By Christian Melendez
By Bruce Riley
By Isaac Harris
By Amy Leadabrand
By Ben Haile
By Shaun Robinson
By Natalie Franks
By Cathy Barnett
By Ryan Sanders
By Casey Pruet, The Grace Alliance
By Sharon Arrington
By Lauren Chapin
By Betsy Paul
By Alberto Negron
By Kelly Jarrell
By Michelle Mayes
By Jenn Wright
By Jill Jackson
By Terri Moore
By Robyn Wise
By Katherine Holloway
By Richard Ray
By Kurtlery Knight
By Bruce Hebel
By Neil Tomba
By Tony Bridwell
By Grayson McGovern
By Luke Donohoo
By Kathy Whitthorne
By Mike Moore
By Wade Raper
By Mike Gwartney
By Jo Saxton
By Dieula Previlon
By Jonathan Cude
By Ken Lawrence
By Jay Hohfeler
By Barb Haesecke
By Lindsay Casillas
By JoAnn Hummel
By Shawn Small
By Alice McQuitty
By Jonathan Murphy
By Peggy Norton
By Brent McKinney
By Irving Bible Church
By Irving Bible Church
By Ashley Tieperman
By Betsy Nichols
By Trey Grant
By Debbie Lucien
By Sue Edwards
By Suzie Robinson
By Paul Smith

“I believe in God,
but I don’t know him. 

I know I’m a Christian,
but I don’t know Christ.”

When you hear someone speak those words, they pierce your ribcage. When you confess those words to yourself, you feel the warm rush of shame and disorientation.

We want to grow and help others grow. We want to change and change the world. We want to experience the transforming goodness of God in our lives, and we want to reflect that goodness in our closest relationships, in our communities and neighborhoods, and in our city. But knowing what we want doesn’t mean we always know how to get there.

This longing for transformation, this frustration with being stuck between who we were and who we thought we were supposed to become, is the tragic melody of a world that aches for an encounter with the grace of Jesus. It’s the disorientation we feel when we have a sense of our destination but struggle to see a path forward.

We all experience this kind of valley at some point, whether we’ve spent our entire lives in the church or we’re still investigating Jesus and this whole Christianity thing. None of us can point to a perfect track record or endless reserves of wisdom and determination. We can’t fix ourselves, and so we must look outside ourselves.

If we want to grow, if we want to be transformed and bring transformation to others, we must turn to God. Because our God is a maker, and his hands are making hands. The Apostle Paul described our God as “the God who made the world and everything in it” (Acts 17:24), which tells us that the hands of God don’t just make worlds but also people. People like you and me. God makes because he loves, and he loves what he has made.

In God’s great love for us, he invites us to embrace the transformation he has for us. We do that by placing our lives in his making hands and showing up to the spaces where our Father says he will meet us: Scripture, prayer, worship, the church community, and mission. That’s when we begin to see the Spirit shape us more and more into the likeness of Jesus, full of freedom, joy, and resurrection power.

What if, in this season of exploring transformation, you said yes to God’s invitation to transformation? What if you committed to spending these next five weeks engaging him in a conversation about who he is, who he says you are, and where he wants to lead you next?  

Even now, you could pause and whisper this prayer: Father, I’m yours. In your love and by your grace, make me more like Jesus today.

Our God is a maker, and his hands are making hands. He’s inviting us—each and every one of us—into transformation. And as he transforms us, the impact of his work in us will have a ripple effect in the places and relationships in which he has planted us. May we be a transformed people and a transformed city. 

See you Sunday at 9 or 10:45 a.m.

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