7 Words That Can Change Your Life

Today’s guest post comes to us from Alvin Reid, professor of evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Pastor to Young Professionals at Richland Creek Community Church.

Okay, the title is a bit overly dramatic. The one who can really change your life is Jesus, from the inside out, from now to eternity, by his power and not yours.

Dallas Willard had this right (okay, he had a lot of things right): Grace is opposed to EARNING, but it is not opposed to EFFORT.

We do nothing to earn salvation. But we do seek to grow in knowing Christ, loving him, and serving him with greater effectiveness. Understanding this, I would like again to say here are 7 words that can change your life:


I know, an overuse of adverbs. But these matter. It’s not just practice, it’s deliberate, intentional practice. You don’t grow like bamboo, you grow more like an oak. It takes time. But you will get stronger.

In fact, you already are. If you find yourself daily growing annoyed or frustrated at the news cycle, your social media feed, or the obvious brokenness around us, you will practice being frustrated, lashing out, and judging people. And judging yourself. You are probably getting better at it.

But if you intentionally and deliberately choose to practice joy in the gospel, daily reminding yourself of his grace, you will grow stronger in joy. If you deliberately practice gratitude, you will become more grateful.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 80 church growth resources and 15+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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