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Title: Loving God through the Renewal of Your Mind


1
Loving God through the Renewal of Your Mind
  • Romans 121-2

2
Romans 121-2
  • I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies
    of God, that ye present your bodies a living
    sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is
    your reasonable service. And be not conformed to
    this world but be ye transformed by the renewing
    of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
    good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

3
Question
  • According to Romans 122, where does
    transformation begin?

4
Romans 121-2
  • I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies
    of God, that ye present your bodies a living
    sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is
    your reasonable service. And be not conformed to
    this world but be ye transformed by the renewing
    of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
    good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

5
Renew
  • To make like new
  • A complete change for the better
  • A renovation

How is my mind renewed?
6
Mind Renewal
  • God the Holy Spirit changes our thinking,
    attitudes, and perspective on life (worldview) as
    we study and meditate upon
  • The God of the Bible
  • The Word of God

7
Intellectual Love
  • Jesus said unto him,
  • Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
    heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
    mind.
  • Mt. 2237, Mk 1230, Luke 1027

8
Imagine a Scenario
  • Where you a meet a guy who expresses a love for
    soccer, so you start asking him questions and

9
Intellectual Love for God
  • Anti-Intellectual Bias in Conservative
    Christianity (Fundamentalism)
  • Intellectuals are geeks (theologians)
  • Intellectuals are perceived to be liberal in
    morals and political leanings
  • Fundamentalism was birthed out of a reaction to
    liberal theologians

10
1 Pointless
  • Without the Holy Spirits divine PRESENCE the
    study of the Bible is POINTLESS.
  • Without the Holy Spirit, authentic transformation
    is NOT possible.
  • See Titus 35 (renewing)

11
Titus 35
  • Not by works of righteousness which we have done,
    but according to his mercy he saved us, by the
    washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy
    Ghost

Same renew as Romans 122
PRAY to the Holy Spirit for help.
12
1 Corinthians 214
  • But the natural man mind receiveth not the
    things of the Spirit of God for they are
    foolishness unto him neither can he know them,
    because they are spiritually discerned.

Unless you are born-again, you cannot love God
with your mind.
13
2 Corinthians 44
  • In whom the god of this world hath blinded the
    minds of them which believe not,
  • lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ,
    who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

14
Romans 87
  • Because the carnal mind is enmity hostile
    against toward God for it is not subject to
    the law of God, neither indeed can be.

15
2 Pattern
  • We need to follow the pattern of our Lord and His
    disciples.
  • The Lord Jesus Christ
  • The Early Church
  • The Bereans of Acts 17

16
Pattern
  • Luke 2
  • v.40 and v. 52

17
First Church
  • Acts 242
  • And they continued steadfastly in the apostles
    doctrine teaching.

They studied what the apostles taught
18
Acts 1711
  • These were more noble than those in
    Thessalonica, in that they received the word with
    all readiness of mind,
  • and searched the scriptures

19
3 Preparation
  • Intellectual love is preparation for a war of
    words and ideas.

2 Corinthians 104-5
20
2 Corinthians 104
  • For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,
    but mighty through God to the pulling down of
    strong holds
  • Intellectual strong holds
  • Secular Worldviews
  • False Religions

21
2 Corinthians 105
  • Casting down destroy imaginations arguments,
  • and every high thing opinion that exalteth
    itself against the knowledge of God,
  • and bringing into captivity every thought to the
    obedience of Christ

22
1 Peter 113
  • Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be
    sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is
    to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus
    Christ

In the NT, girded loins signified that a man
was ready for service or heavy battle. Tyndale
Bible Dictionary
23
Application
Equipping yourself to defend Christianity against
cults and false religions is just as much worship
(an expression of love) as building a porch for a
widow. Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin and
Ravi Zacharias is a great book!
24
Apologetics
  • But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and be
    ready always to give an answer apologia to
    every man that asketh you a reason of the hope
    that is in you with meekness and fear
  • 1 Peter 35

apologetics engages the mind
25
Imagine a scenario where a Christian expresses a
love for the Bible and a skeptic/unbeliever says,
Well for me, I could never get over the fact
that the church picked the books they liked for
the Bible and did not publish everything that was
written about Christs life. How was the cannon
formed?
26
4 Passion
  • Intellectual love ONLY occurs when truth moves
    the emotions.
  • If the study of God does NOT change me, we are
    back to P1what is the point?

27
5 Pure Mind
  • Authentic Intellectual Love
  • (loving God with my mind, through study)
  • directly contributes to the Spirits sanctifying
    work in my life.

NOT
28
Psalm 11911
  • Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
  • that I might not sin against thee.

Why?
29
Pure Music
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all
wisdom teaching and admonishing one another in
psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing
with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Colossians 316
30
But those things which proceed out of the mouth
come forth from the heart and they defile the
man. (Matthew 1518)
31
6 Prove
  • be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
    that
  • ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable,
    and perfect, will of God.

Archaic learn or find out
32
Why do I need to prove the will of God?
  • Because of the choices I have.
  • See Romans 145

33
Romans 145
  • One man esteemeth one day above another another
    esteemeth every day alike.
  • Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

Dealing with Gray Area Issues
34
7 Plan
  • Loving God with your mind will not happen without
    a plan.

35
Acts 1711
  • These Bereans were more noble than those in
    Thessalonica, in that they received the word with
    all readiness of mind,
  • and searched the scriptures daily, whether those
    things were so.

What is your plan?
36
8 Personal Library
  • Every Christian family should be developing a
    personal Christian library
  • Study Bibles, Bible Dictionary
  • Theology Book
  • Apologetics Book
  • Christian Biographies
  • Devotional Books

37
www.blueletterbible.org Is a FREE website you
can use to obtain material.
38
Application
What about gifts for birthdays, graduation,
Fathers or Mothers Day and Christmas that make
a difference in the world for the cause of
Christ? May I suggest The Popular
Encyclopedia of Apologetics by Ed Hindson and
Ergun Caner?
39
9 Present Progressive
  • Romans 122
  • be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,

Verb Tense
40
10 Purpose (ultimate)
  • Romans 122
  • And be not conformed to this world
  • but be ye transformed by the renewing of your
    mind,
  • that ye may prove what is that good, and
    acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
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