Transform

Why Do We Exist? To Lead All Generations Into a Transformed Relationship With Jesus Christ for the Flourishing of our City and Beyond.

During the Transform teaching series, each week we are breaking down our vision to Lead All Generations Into a Transformed Relationship With Jesus Christ for the Flourishing of our City and Beyond. On this page you will find weekly devotions, Scripture readings, memory verses, and daily prayers. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see stories that show what happens when our church embraces God's calling. On Sunday, October 22, we are asking you to commit to being a part of this vision by worshiping, connecting, and serving with your church family.


Flourishing Beyond - Devotion

Devotion for Week 4 - Flourishing Beyond

In Jesus Christ, we believe that God is making ALL things new. This means that God is not simply in the business of renewing and transforming us for our own sake. Rather, he is transforming us so that our city and ultimately the world will flourish. The Gospel (i.e., the renewal of all things in Jesus) calls us to reimagine our lives and our city in light of the grand design of God, which is simply all of life at its best: life as it was always intended. Therefore, God’s work of renewal involves us just as much as it includes us. In our everyday social arenas of work and play, family and relationships, mercy and justice, God is calling us to long for and labor toward his renewed world, which is guaranteed to come, secured in Jesus.

“Flourishing beyond” is an immense vision for the whole world and a new future, but the Bible tells us that the flourishing of our city begins with the flourishing of our neighbors. So what does this look like in real time? What does this mean for HP Pres as we give ourselves to a new vision? Read through Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), pray, and ask God to show us how we can live by faith and leverage our influence for the flourishing of our neighbors and beyond.

Flourishing Beyond - Prayers

Daily Prayers for Week 4 - Flourishing Beyond

Sunday - 10/15

Pray for the flourishing of our city. Let it begin with the flourishing of our neighbors— people on our streets, in classrooms, and in the workplace. May we have the compassion of the Good Samaritan, giving our resources and ourselves to show the love of Christ.

Monday - 10/16

Pray for the people who labor toward God’s vision for a transformed world, often enduring seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Although unsure of the timing, we are confident that his glorious plan will be fulfilled. Let us live each day with anticipation of the coming of our Savior.

Tuesday - 10/17

Pray for God to use us in our vocations to bring about renewal in the city; that our faith would shine through our business decisions and our professional relationships; that we would seek to do his will using our God-given talents for the benefit of others.

Wednesday - 10/18

Pray for mercy and justice to touch down in concrete ways throughout Dallas. Shine your light in the darkest parts of our city. Reveal to all the freedom that comes from knowing our Lord and Savior and the joy of living a transformed life.

Thursday - 10/19

Pray for our leaders and government, economics, and the arts. Pray that ALL will flourish under the abundance of God’s blessings. Unite humble servant leaders with a passion to make Dallas a bright beacon on a hill.

Friday - 10/20

Pray that the gospel of grace would renew our culture. As the world relies upon itself for the truth, it is always disappointed, unfulfilled. Jesus is the only way to the truth. May we be his messengers of grace, who boldly and clearly speak the truth.

Saturday - 10/21

Pray for creativity and courage as we seek to love our neighbors in Jesus’ name. Humble us so that we can count others more significant than ourselves. We are not called to love only those who are easy to love but to love each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. By doing this, people will know that we are his disciples.

Flourishing Beyond - Scripture

SCRIPTURE READING AND MEMORY VERSE FOR WEEK 4 - Flourishing Beyond

MEMORY VERSE

“Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” - Luke 10:36–37

SCRIPTURE READING

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live."

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise."

Luke 10:25-37

Transformed - Devotion

Devotion for Week 3 - Transformed

A great mystery is happening as we live as transformed followers of Jesus. God is at work and we are at work. To be transformed is to allow something to happen to us, something mysterious, something we are unable to do ourselves. It also involves our movement, specifically our movement toward Jesus.

When 2 Corinthians 5:17 speaks of being made new, there is already a transformation that has happened in the person who trusts Christ as Savior.

This person has been reconciled to God, whereas before they were separated from Him. This person has been made righteous because of the righteous life of Christ, who made his righteousness available to us when he lived a sinless life, died an innocent death, and was raised from the dead. This person now has the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, who walks with us, encourages us, and empowers us to follow Jesus. These are just a few ways we are “made new” and transformed when we trust Christ as our Savior.

Being made new is also ongoing. We have been transformed and we are continually being transformed. Romans 6:6 speaks of our old self being crucified in order that we might no longer be enslaved to sin but live in the freedom of life given to us in Christ. This transformation comes by the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through us as it breaks the bonds of sin to which we have become so numb. This freedom enables us to live according to how God calls us to live in this world that he created.

Being made new also involves our work. As God has made us new and is transforming us, we also choose to follow Jesus. What does this mean? We look to Jesus to know how to live and then we actively follow his ways, choosing to put aside thoughts and actions that do not align with his life. Essentially, we choose to live as Jesus did. Being made new, our continual transformation, and our active following of Jesus work together in an incredible mystery to give us the ability and direction to love others well, to serve those God has called us to, and to live out our calling in this city and beyond.

Transformed - Prayers

Daily Prayers for Week 3 - Transformed

Sunday - 10/8

Gracious God, you are incredibly good. You have given us life and relationship with you through Jesus. You have given the companionship and power of the Holy Spirit. You have given us these gifts and we are so grateful for them. Help us to better understand, more deeply believe, and more graciously live according to these truths in our lives.

Monday - 10/9

Faithful Father, you love us with a deep understanding and a sacrificial love. There are so many people in the world who live separated from relationship with you. Help us to see those who are in need of love and salvation. Stir in us the desire to love, the courage to share your love, and the faith to believe you are a good and faithful Father.

Tuesday - 10/10

Loving God, you have given us new life in Christ, yet we often choose comfort over courage, security over sacrifice. We continue to live like we are enslaved to sin. Help us to live our new life fully—one that gives us hope and the ability to trust and serve. Meet us in our sin and fears and remind us that you are with us. We need daily reminders of your goodness. Help us share your goodness with others.

Wednesday - 10/11

Gracious God, the fruit of our transformation is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and selfcontrol. Our desire is for these things to be evident in our lives as you change and shape us. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help our transformation be visible to our family, our neighbors, our city, and beyond.

Thursday - 10/12

Holy God, the ways of Jesus are beautiful and hopeful. He lives this life with such ease, yet we struggle to follow him. We often put others before ourselves and we choose bitterness and revenge. Holy Spirit, since it is impossible to follow Jesus without your help, show us how to follow him today. Give us the power, strength, and humility to live this out.

Friday - 10/13

Gracious God, your promise of freedom from the power of sin is an incredible gift. To no longer be a servant to sin is an amazing reality and joy! Yet the comforts of anger, greed, envy, jealousy, and pride entangle us and disable us from living the life you desire for us. May we surrender to you and follow the ways of Jesus—living our lives for your glory and the good of others.

Saturday - 10/14

Merciful God, you are patient while we stumble, get stuck, and get derailed when following you. Your desire is that we will be increasingly more like your Son Jesus. This gives you glory, gives others hope and life, and gives us a deeper relationship with you. You desire more for us than we can see for ourselves. Thank you for your grace and mercies as you continue to shape us.

Transformed - Scripture

SCRIPTURE READING AND MEMORY VERSE FOR WEEK 3 - Transformed

MEMORY VERSE

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. - 2 Corinthians 5:17

SCRIPTURE READING

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:17–21

All Generations - Devotion

Devotion for Week 2 - All Generations

In Psalm 100:5, the Psalmist roots himself in this unchanging truth: “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever and his faithfulness to all generations.” Seasons come and seasons go. Even though the days seem long, the years fly by; and yet, the Lord will never outgrow his covenant commitment to his people. His faithfulness has no generational bias. From the Greatest Generation to Millennials, God continuously delights in committing himself to people, young and old, who find their bearing in Jesus.

For over 90 years, God has chosen to display his faithfulness throughout the generations at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, and the stories of transformation across those generations are remarkable. As we give ourselves to a new vision of leading all generations into a transformed relationship with Jesus, we believe God is calling us to commit all generations to this vital rhythm of blessing and honor—a life together where the younger generation will honor the older and the older will bless the younger.

Ask God to show us how to invest in the people at HP Pres and the ministry partners we support so that all generations will flourish. Ask how we can engage one another in the blessing and honor cycle and share this model with others for the glory of the Lord.

All Generations - Prayers

Daily Prayers for Week 2 - All Generations

Sunday - 10/1

Precious Lord, we thank you for the rich blessings that come from being a multi-generational church. Sometimes there are disagreements between generations, but we ask that you would help us to lean into the natural tensions between them, encouraging us to embrace the differences and learn from one another.

Monday - 10/2

Heavenly Father, we are thankful that your love is steadfast and endures forever. You call upon us to tell the coming generations of your glorious deeds, your might, and the wonders that you have done. Move us to prioritize each of our days with intentional family time spent reading your word and praising your Holy Name.

Tuesday - 10/3

Merciful Lord, you are a God of healing and restoration. So many families in this city have been torn apart by hurt, anger, bitterness, poverty, and injustice. We pray for our local ministry partners, Reconciliation Outreach and Bonton Farms, as they share your message of love and forgiveness so that parents, grandparents, siblings, and children can reconnect and flourish, guided by the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday - 10/4

Loving Father, you delight in your children and their desire to follow your ways. We pray that younger generations around the world would seek wisdom from their elders. Open their hearts to be teachable and fill them with humility and a passion to honor the older generation who has so much to share.

Thursday - 10/5

Gracious God, we are thankful that you have called elder generations to watch over the souls of the younger. We ask them to bless us with their experience, wisdom, and encouragement. May their hearts be full of joy when they witness those who proclaim you as Lord of all and accept your gift of eternal life.

Friday - 10/6

Heavenly Father, we humbly ask that you sustain a continuous cycle of blessing the younger generation while at the same time honoring the older generation at Highland Park Pres. We know that this will unleash Kingdom power, not only inside this church but also throughout our neighborhood and our city.

Saturday - 10/7

Our Father in Heaven, we understand our individual desire to share the Good News, but how wonderful it is in your eyes that all generations come together to do your mission work. Grant us unity and harmony as we walk this journey side by side. Show us the richness and beauty of a Christian community that is joyfully woven together like a royal tapestry.

All Generations - Scripture

Scripture Reading and Memory Verse for Week 2 - All Generations

Memory Verse

For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. - Psalm 100:5

Scripture Reading

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100:1–5

Leadership - Devotion

Devotion for Week 1 - Leadership

As a congregation, we desire individually and collectively to use our God-given influence both to help people take next steps toward Jesus and to work for the flourishing of our city and our world. We also aspire to develop the next generation of leaders, who will seek to do the same. As Jesus explains in Matthew 5:13-16, this sort of leadership requires both preservation and attraction, defense and offense, salt and light.

On one hand, our leadership should be salty. Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth.” In Jesus’ day, salt was used primarily as a preservative, not as a flavoring. In other words, Jesus is suggesting that our world in its fallen condition is subject to decay, and it’s the challenging but essential calling of Christians to be agents of redemption. In our work, in our schools, in our families, in our city, at sporting events, even in our own fellowship – where we see that things are breaking down, amidst dishonesty and corruption, when people are demeaned and excluded, when conversation turns to gossip or lewdness, when God’s leading standards are redefined, when a relationship is moving toward misunderstanding and anger – we are called to work for justice, to stand up for others, to pursue forgiveness and peace, to choose integrity, to speak up for truth, to be people whose very presence preserves what is right and restrains what is evil. As a congregation, God has given us resources to help develop leaders for the church and the marketplace who can humbly and courageously stand for what is good, beautiful, and true.

But on the other hand, our leadership should also be radiant. It should be attractive. And it should point others toward Jesus, who says, “You are the light of the world.” Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, we are called to reflect the light of Jesus in a hurting and hopeless world. For some of us, this means giving our time and energies to ministries like the Alpha Course, Mercy Street, International Friendship Program, or Bonton Farms. For others of us, it might mean leading a small group, hosting worship on Sunday mornings, or teaching kids in Sunday school.

But for all of us, it means faithfully living as a Christian so that people will marvel and be drawn to the light. It means living with joy, humility, honesty, love, and gentleness and then having the courage to give verbal witness to the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Jesus says, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” As a congregation, we want to develop leaders who can winsomely lead others to Christ.

Admittedly, we have a long way to go in pursuit of this calling. Our world is constantly changing, and we need to develop leaders who not only know God’s Word but who know how to share it well with others. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we all fall short in representing Jesus to the world in the way that we should. But as we look to the one who perfectly represented us, the one who lived and died in our place, we are confident that he will enable us to use our influence to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world that he calls us to be.

Leadership - Prayers

Daily Prayers for Week 1 - Leadership

Sunday - 9/24

Pray for us to be “salty leaders” in our families. Where marriages are cold and distant – where parents are living through the accomplishments of their kids – where relatives have an unforgiven squabble – where hurt feelings, bitterness, and misunderstanding prevail – pray for us to be agents of redemption and peace within our families.

Monday - 9/25

Pray for us to be “salty leaders” in our workplaces. In the ways that we treat our clients/employees—when we speak of our coworkers—when we represent our own performance—when we overwork to prove our worth—pray that we would contend for integrity, transparency, rest, and respect.

Tuesday - 9/26

Pray for us to be “salty leaders” in our city. Where people don’t have access to safe and affordable housing–where kids are reading well below grade level –where racism and injustice proliferate–where crime and gangs prey upon fear–pray would we be leaders who oppose injustice, who create opportunities for the needy, and who invest generously.

Wednesday - 9/27

Pray for us to “lead as light” in our character. With humility, with gentleness, admitting our faults and yet secure in God’s love and grace, pray that we would have the kind of character that people would marvel at and would draw them toward Jesus.

Thursday - 9/28

Pray for us to “lead as light” in our ministries. Whether we minister to refugees, mentor youth, lead a small group, host on Sunday mornings, or serve in myriad other ways, pray we would we see our ministry as a stewardship and a privilege. Pray that we would continue to minister out of hearts filled with God’s grace.

Friday - 9/29

Pray for us to “lead as light” through our verbal witness to Jesus. In our conversations with non-believing coworkers, family members, classmates, and friends, pray we would be willing to open our mouths and to speak of the forgiveness, love, and hope we have found in Jesus.

Saturday - 9/30

Pray for God to raise up and develop new salty leaders through our church. Pray God would raise up the next generation of leaders for the church: pastors, elders, deacons, missionaries, church planters, small group leaders, and others; and for the world: business leaders, medical professionals, police officers, engineers, lawyers, teachers; and for the family: moms, dads, grandparents, and others. May they all be leaders who would use their influence on behalf of Jesus Christ!

Leadership - Scripture

Scripture Reading and Memory Verse for Week 1 - Leading

Memory Verse

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. - Matthew 5:16

Scripture Reading

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:13–16


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