How Does the Word of God Change Peoples' Lives? - Radical

How Does the Word of God Change Peoples’ Lives?

Can Scripture alone actually change people? Is there a particular way lives can be changed? In this video, Christopher Yuan explains how God used Scripture and other people to lead him to saving faith in Christ. According to Christopher Yuan, the primary way God changed his life was through the Word. When Scripture is recognized as the only true source of change, the people, ministries, and organizations all become like pieces of a puzzle, each contributing to one’s eventual conversion in their own unique way, whether through preaching, mentorship, or other means. These people, ministries, and organizations – the pieces in a puzzle – should be similarly rooted in the Word of God, recognizing it as the only way people’s lives can be truly changed.

  1. Multiple Puzzle Pieces
  2. Scripture as the Source of Change
  3. Rooted in the Word of God

When I look at my journey, often people ask, “What was the program that the ministry that shared the gospel with you?” What was it?” I moved around so much in prison that there wasn’t any one ministry. There wasn’t any one person. There were people there that added to that puzzle. But the one thing that was consistent throughout the thread that we find, throughout my whole testimony was the word of God. I think… my testimony can be a reminder for us Christians is it’s the word of God that changes people.

How Does the Word of God Change Peoples’ Lives?

It’s not a ministry. It’s not a method. It’s not even people. It’s communicating the word of God to people that saves people. The gospel is the Word of God, and that’s what changes lives. Programs are nice, and ministries are nice, but if they’re not rooted in the Word of God, it’s not going to change lives. In the face of the way our culture is going and the midst of friends who just seem so far away from God, if we just live the Word of God, and preach the Word of God, God is going to do the work to bring souls to himself.

Christopher Yuan

Dr. Christopher Yuan has taught the Bible at Moody Bible Institute for twelve years and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents. He speaks at conferences, on college campuses, and in churches. He has co-authored with his mother their memoir, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope (100,000 copies sold and now in seven languages). He is also the author of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless. Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005 and received a master’s in biblical exegesis in 2007 and a doctorate of ministry in 2014. Dr. Yuan’s newest book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story, was named 2020 Book of the Year for Social Issues by Outreach Magazine.


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