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Renewing your Mind

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How we can think badly, what difference renewing your mind makes, and how to renew your mind. Simple, practical, effective

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Renewing your Mind

  1. 1. Want a pdf copy of the notes? rchamberlain@fastmail.fm or leave a message on the City Church WhatsApp group
  2. 2. The Renewal of our Mind
  3. 3. Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
  4. 4. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
  5. 5. So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.
  6. 6. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.
  7. 7. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.
  8. 8. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
  9. 9. The Alternatives to a Renewed Mind
  10. 10. The Way the World Thinks
  11. 11. 1) A Debased Mind "And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done." (Romans 1:28)
  12. 12. The Message Romans 1:28-30 Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing…Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers.
  13. 13. They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives…They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care— worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best!
  14. 14. Want to know if your mind is debased? Sex Entertainment
  15. 15. Want to know if your mind is debased? Sex Entertainment
  16. 16. 2) A Blinded Mind "In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." (2 Cor 4:4)
  17. 17. 3) A Futile Mind "Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds." (Eph. 4:17)
  18. 18. 4) A Hostile Mind "For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot." (Romans 8:7)
  19. 19. LtoR: Penn Gillette, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Bill Maher, Lawrence Krauss, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Ricky Gervais, Aayan Hirsi Ali
  20. 20. 5) A Double Mind "5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
  21. 21. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. " (James 1:5 - 8)
  22. 22. The Need for a Renewed Mind
  23. 23. 1) The Key To Transformation Romans 12: 1 - 2 2 Cor. 5:17
  24. 24. 1) The Key To Transformation Romans 12: 1 - 2 2 Cor. 5:17
  25. 25. 2) Important in Spiritual Warfare 2 Corinthians 10:4 - 5
  26. 26. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
  27. 27. 3) Necessary for Faith James 1:5 - 6
  28. 28. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
  29. 29. 4) To Know the Will of God Romans 12:2
  30. 30.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect
  31. 31. 5) For A Proper Knowledge Of Self Romans 12:3
  32. 32. How can our Mind be Renewed?
  33. 33. 1. Choices
  34. 34. 1. Choices
  35. 35. Die - a Living Sacrifice Lk 9:23…he [Jesus] said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
  36. 36. Die - Desires Choice: Fleshly desires or, the blessings in Christ?
  37. 37. "He is no fool to give what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot
  38. 38. Die - Habits - what do you do (use your time for)? - what do you think about? - do you ask questions?
  39. 39. The things that captivate our hearts will dominate our thoughts, and our thoughts will dominate our lives. Matt 6:21
  40. 40. Die - Routines When do you pray, read, meditate, talk...? Php 4:8...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things
  41. 41. 2. The Holy Spirit
  42. 42. Ask - Luke 11:9ff Be Filled - Eph 5:18 Produce Fruit - Gal 5:22-23
  43. 43. Ask - Luke 11:9ff Be Filled - Eph 5:18 Produce Fruit - Gal 5:22-23
  44. 44. “The Spirit of God acts with considerable disturbing effect. It is part of his nature to do so.” Donald Guthrie, NT Theology
  45. 45. 3. Scripture
  46. 46. 3. Scripture
  47. 47. Acknowledge - Heb 4:12, Isa 55:8, Rom 10:17ff Read - when, where, how much? Memorise - Ps 119:11, Prov. 10:14, 18:15
  48. 48. Application - James 1: 22ff doers Foundation - Matt 7:24ff wise man built his house on the rock…”these words of mine”
  49. 49. 4. Resist
  50. 50. Resist being like the world - Do not love the world or the things in the world…the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and boastful pride of life. (1 John 2:15-16)
  51. 51. Replacement Therapy - Eph. 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
  52. 52. Col. 3:17 “And whatever you do, do it all in the name and the authority of Jesus"

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