In each of our lives there are natural transitions or periods of change: we start school and graduate, pick a career, get married, have children, or retire to name a few. Churches often go through changes or phases of transition, too. Some changes are subtle, others are more major
As a noun transition is defined—”the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.” As a verb it is translated—”undergo or cause to undergo a process or period of transition.
The Bible has much to say about times of change or periods of transition and how to deal with them. Here are a few examples:
Romans 12:2—”Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Joshua 1:9—”Have I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Jeremiah 29:11—”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Philippians 4:6-7—”Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
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