FGF Highlights: Sermons Don’t Change Lives

“Sermons don’t change your life, sentences do.”  That’s what my pastor, John Marshall, says. Great thought, huh? He heard it from another pastor, shared it with us, and now I’m sharing it with you!

I also shared that phrase both Friday night and Saturday morning with the 1300 women gathered at Fresh Grounded Faith Lubbock last weekend.

I challenged them to listen for just one sentence in my messages and Lysa TerKeurst’s messages – just one sentence that God could use to change them.

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The result was so inspiring.  Women shared with me sentence after sentence God had written on their hearts and I was so, so grateful and inspired. Isn’t it neat how God speaks to each of us individually in different ways? And, our worship leader Michael O’Brien also offered up some great sentences too that really stuck with me.

So…wanna hear some of them?

“Personalize God’s presence for He is with you, Oh valiant woman!”  Jennifer

“I am a child of God, therefore God’s Word is ‘there for’ me.”   Lysa

“When I elevate my faith higher than my feelings I can go gutsy – not go hide.” Jennifer

“When I said ‘I do’ to my wife, my calling became to love her like Christ loved the church. My gifting is music; my calling is to love her. I never want to confuse my gifting and calling.” Michael O’Brien

“The middle letter in pride and sin is I.” Jennifer


Sermons don’t change your life; sentences do. What’s your sentence? [Click to Tweet]

“Let your identity be the first thing that walks in the room, not your insecurity.”  Lysa

“To say ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,’ I must first say, ‘I can’t do anything without Christ who strengthens me.'” Jennifer

“You are a wholly and dearly loved child of God.” Lysa

“Who you are is not what you struggle with; not what you have failed at, not what you have succeeded at. Who you are is who God says you are.”  Jennifer

God spoke to each of us that weekend through sentences and Scripture. When we encounter His truth, we are changed and I for one am grateful because I, for one, need change! (Am I the only one? Wink, wink.)


If you were there, I would love to hear your sentences. And, if you weren’t, I bet you have a few sentences that have really impacted your life too. Would you comment below so all of us sisters can benefit?

Listen today for a sentence that God could use to change you. It may be from His Word or from the lips of a friend or foe. Let’s be women who are open to growth and change!

Question for you: What’s your sentence?


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