Why Turning Point
Life is filled with turning points.
Those unmistakeable experiences when we find ourselves in the midst of a moment that forever changes our lives.
The greatest and most far reaching turning point that any individual can experience on this earth is when they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. All other turning points pale in comparison to the experience of salvation, because the experience of salvation in Jesus Christ will not only have an effect on your life now, it will effect your destination for all eternity.
WHAT'S IN A NAME
The name Turning Point is significant to the Christian, as it represents three distinctly different Biblical truths, all of which center around the process of change & experiencing various turning points in our lives.
THE STARTING POINT
1. When we experience the greatest earthly turning point of all (salvation in Jesus Christ) it is then and only then that we can know the true life that the Bible declares we were created to enjoy.
"And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;”—Ephesians 2:1
“But God, who is rich in mercy for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)”—Ephesians 2:4-5
“…I am come that they may have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”—John 10:10
LIFE'S SUBSEQUENT TURNING POINTS
2. While salvation is a free gift and instantaneous, we must continue to mature in Christ. This process of becoming Christ-like is called discipleship, and takes a lifetime full of learning, growing, and developing in Him. God has established the local Church as a place that will foster these subsequent turning points in us during the course of our lives!
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:”—Ephesians 4:11-13
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”—II Corinthians 3:18
" Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."--Philippians 1:6
THE ULTIMATE TURNING POINT
3. There will come a day for each of us when our lives here on earth will come to an end and we will be ushered into eternity. If you know Jesus, this will be the final and ultimate turning point in our lives as we are gloriously transformed.
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."--I Corinthians 15:51-52
"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” I Corinthians 15:53
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am fully known.” I Corinthians 13:12