Pastor Steve Williams : The God of Transitions

Transition · 35:20 · Recorded November 1, 2020

The God of Transitions

Isaiah 46:3-4 (NIV) “Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

1. Time makes transitions inevitable.

Its’ biggest obstacles are often within me.

Psalm 73:21-23 (NIV) “When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.”

Romans 5:3 (Phi) We can be full of joy here and now even in our trials and troubles. Taken in the right spirit these very things will give us patient endurance; this in turn will develop a mature character, and a character of this sort produces a steady hope, a hope that will never disappoint us.

2. God works strategically through transitions.

Proverbs 20:24 (NLT) The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?

Psalm 57:2 (CSB) “I call to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.”

Some key NPCC transitions:

• A “preaching point” established – 1988

• From a “niche” to a neighborhood Church – 1990’s

• A “Fold up” becomes a “build out” – 1998-2008

• A regional reach to a “mega-church” development – 2008-present

Congregational deepening, ministry broadening & extending

He sometimes turns a “hinge of history” with me.

3. Every ending is actually a new beginning.

Psalm 37:23 (NLT) The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

4. God is writing his story through mine.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV) Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Philippians 1:6 (CEB) “I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.

5. God is all about great endings!

Psalm 92:12-14 (CSB) The righteous thrive like a palm tree and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they thrive in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, healthy and green.

What theme is he working in me right now?

  • When have you gone through a significant transition in your life? How have you seen it usher in something new & better for you? Life-altering and worse?

  • Review some of the obstacles to handling transitions well that Steve mentioned in this message. Which do you find is your “Achilles heel” when taking on new changes?

  • React to the statement: “We can never go back and get a ‘do-over’ on the start we’ve made, but we can start today to decide how the finish could go.”

  • Many people have expressed how they can’t wait to get out of 2020 because it’s such a horrible year. What are some things that have been “birthed” in this year for you that actually are the beginning of something good for you?

  • What’s a scripture from this message that especially spoke to you about trusting God more in your life?

  • Is there a transition underway, or a theme in this chapter of your life that you’d appreciate prayers from your small group over?

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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