“Heart work is where we find the deep change we want at the hands of Jesus, who loves us.”

November 19, 2017

Most people know Christians should read their Bible and pray, but “heart work” feels less familiar and less relevant. The truth is that heart work is about change and growth in our lives, which is something we think about all the time. In Ephesians 4, Paul gives us an overview of how we work on our hearts—how we change and grow—by showing us the gospel and our proper response. When we are born again, the Bible tells us that our old selves have died with Christ, and we have been recreated in God’s own likeness. Paul tells us we need to put off the lifestyle that belongs to our old self, put on the lifestyle that belongs to our new self, and all the while be cultivating renewal in our hearts.

Application Questions

1. Are there any areas of yourself that you feel are off limits to change? Think about your personality, attitudes, emotions, behaviors, and other parts of what makes you “you”: where are you living more like your “old self” than your “new self” in Christ?

2. What would it look like for you to live out your new identity in Christ in your daily life? What characteristics would you need to put on to make that a reality?

3. How can you put yourself in a position to be renewed in the spirit of your mind? What would it look like to cultivate renewal in your daily life?

4. What are some practical ways you can put off the old self, be renewed, and put on the new self this week?

Brian Colmery

Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.

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