Sunday, January 28, 2024 | Extreme Makeover Inside Edition | S1E4: Self-Control
Pastor Terry concludes a four-part series by highlighting the transformative work of the Holy Spirit in achieving an internal makeover. The focal point is the “Fruit of the Spirit,” as outlined in Galatians 5:22-23, where qualities such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are emphasized. The sermon draws attention to the contrast between a Spirit-led life and a life dominated by worldly desires, as outlined in Galatians 5:16-21, with a warning about the consequences of yielding to sinful tendencies.
Pastor Terry encourages the congregation to recognize the need for self-control, avoiding denial and resisting the urge to solve issues independently. The plan involves digging deeper, realizing the freedom from sin, asking profound questions about God’s love, seeking advice from friends, and ultimately surrendering control to God.
Throughout the sermon, Pastor Terry uses powerful verses, such as Romans 6:14 and Ephesians 3:16-19, to illustrate the depth of God’s grace and love. He emphasizes the importance of acknowledging personal limitations, believing in God’s transformative power, and being willing to let Him take control to develop self-control. The message culminates in the understanding that true self-control comes from recognizing one’s inability to achieve it alone, having faith in God’s ability, and being open to allowing Him to guide the process.