Sunday, May 19, 2013

Having the Mind of Christ

Week 3: Having the Mind of Christ

Romans 12:2
Luke 5:16
Ephesians 2:1-3
Colossians 1:13
Zechariah 4:6
1 Corinthians 2:16
Isaiah 55:6-9     

Do we have the mind of Christ?     Yes     No

Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed (changed) by the renewing of our mind.  What does that mean? 

Let's consider some areas where we think we are conformed to this world and how we could renew our minds in these areas.

How am I conformed to this world?                  How can I renew my mind so I  
                                                                         can  be transformed (changed)

How can I have the mind of Christ?

The only way to replace the error of the world's way of thinking is to replace it with God's truth, and the only infallible source of God's truth is found in his revealed word, the Bible.  Transformation (change) through renewed minds comes as believers expose themselves to God's Word in church, personal bible study, and group bible study.  A solid church that believes in preaching the Word, reading the Word, and singing the Word is invaluable in helping us to renew our minds.

There are no shortcuts.  There is no magical formula for renewing our minds.  We must fill our minds with God's word.  It requires a prayerful dependence on God.  (Luke 5:16) 

As unbelievers, we are naturally conformed to the world (Ephesians 2:1-3). As believers, we are no longer conformed to this world because we no longer belong to the spirit of this age. We have been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son (Colossians 1:13). Therefore, rather than continuing to conform to this world, we are to be transformed (changed) by having our minds renewed.

Who accomplishes this?

He spake unto me, saying, this is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.  (Zechariah 4:6)

·         We see then that we have come full circle once again, back around to surrendering all to Christ.  We cannot renew our own minds.  We surrender ourselves to Him.  We surrender our time to Him to pray, to study his word, we surrender to his will, etc., and he changes (transforms) us by His Spirit.  It always comes back to Romans 12:1, submit yourselves to God.  When we do, we are transformed (changed) by the renewing of our minds.  That’s in verse 2.  (Our change just “happens” to follow our submission.)  J

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Total Surrender-Lesson 2-TRUSTING

Week 2 ~ Trusting


1.    God Expects Our Surrender

2.    God Accomplishes Our Surrender

3.    God Maintains Our Surrender:  We talked in week 1 about “mountain top experiences” and how we sometimes feel close to God, then for no apparent reason we go through a time when we feel God is far away and we don’t feel the excitement we used to feel towards Him.

Even though we have trials, our goal is to walk on an even path with the Lord, always trusting Him; knowing that though we don’t necessarily “feel” him, he is right there with us.  (John 1:32)  And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.”

"For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Q.  Why do we sometimes doubt that God hears us or is even near?

A.  Because we do not fully believe and trust that when God began that work of absolute surrender in us, and accepted our surrender, that he then held himself bound to care for that surrender, and to keep it.

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6) 

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20)

Are we surrendering ourselves totally to that trust?


·         Philippians 1:6

·         Philippians 4:8         

·         1 John 4:16-21

·         Ephesians 3:20

·         John 1:32

·         2 Corinthians 5:7

·         Jeremiah 29:11

·         Romans 8:28

Q.  Why don’t we trust Him?

A.  Because we don’t really believe that He loves us and has only our good in mind.

(We won’t trust someone if we don’t believe they really love us and won’t hurt us.)

Let’s read aloud together: Jeremiah 29:11…”For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” KJV 

(For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”) NIV

Romans 8:28“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Each day between now and next week’s bible study, let’s read Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28 and 1John 4:16-21.  (We will begin with these scriptures/topic the following week.)