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How To Change Deeply: Tim Keller (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Tim Keller’s sermon titled “How To Change Deeply” which was delivered at the New Canaan Society Washington DC 2015 Weekend Retreat.

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So, hold on, I’m at the end of a great morning, but a long morning. So, my topic this morning is, as you know, how to change deeply. I want to get right into it. This has got to be practical, though I’ll try to end on an inspirational note if I can.

The Importance of Sequence in Understanding

But the order of these talks is crucial. My talk last night on identity, John’s talk this morning on enjoying God, on finding our pleasure in God, you have to know them in order for me to even bear what I’m about to tell you. You have to understand them to even bear what I have to tell you. Because I want to talk to you about what sin is still doing in your life.

And unless you have an extraordinarily deep understanding of not only God’s grace, but as I’m going to try to show you, unless you are more and more learning to actually practically enjoy Him, existentially learning to more and more love Him, and find Him more glorious than anything else. That takes time. It takes prayer. It takes worship. It takes years.

Unless you’re doing that, what I’m about to tell you will not make sense. And in some ways, they are the secret to how to change deeply. So, let’s remember again kind of what I said last night.

The Foundation of Our Identity

You have to know that you’re in Him. When David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, who was a minister, you know, a great British minister in the middle part of the 20th century in Britain, but when he was very — in London, excuse me — but when he was very sick near the end of his life, he was interviewed and somebody said to him, “Hey, what, doesn’t it bother you that you’re on the shelf? You used to be preaching all the time. Everyone wanted you to speak. You spoke everywhere. You were writing. You were,” he was a very, very, very prominent and dominant voice in the Christian world. And now he was on the shelf, literally.

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