Developing a Biblical Mindset – Selected Scripture

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Pastor Scott L. Harris

Grace Bible Church, NY

September 27, 2009

Developing a Biblical Mindset

2 Peter 1:20-21 & Selected Scripture

 

Introduction

 

Anyone that is familiar with the ministry of the late J. Vernon McGee &
“Through the Bible” can probably sing from memory the opening verse of their
theme song, “How Firm a Foundation.” In order not to offend you unnecessarily, I
will not sing it, but let me recite it opening stanza for you.

 

“How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,

Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!

What more can He say than to you He hath said –

To you, who for refuge to Jesus have fled?”

 

Whatever else you may think of J.Vernon McGee, one thing that was definite
about him was his Biblical mindset. He loved the Word of God and it directed his
actions and thinking. My heart’s desire is to be like him in that respect. A man
who loves the Word of God, lives by it, thinks according to it, and brings it to
the people of God so that they may understand it and also live and think
according to it. There is nothing that thrills this pastor’s heart more than to
see people diligent in their own study of Scripture and striving to abide by it.

 

Worldly Philosophies

 

At the same time, there is nothing that breaks this pastor’s heart more than
to see people who claim to love the Lord continue to live with a mindset that is
no different than that of the world. I am not referring to just people who take
part in the outward vices of our society such as alcohol abuse, drug addiction,
pornography & its related sexual promiscuity and perversions, flagrant
materialism, and such. I am referring more to a mindset and philosophy of life
that is really no different than other people in our society. Things such as
“You only go around once, so go for the gusto,”
i.e. living for thrills and
adventure. “Looking out for #1,” i.e. no one else is going to watch out
for my rights, so I am going to be assertive and demand them. “Eat, drink and
be merry,”
i.e. I am going to get as much pleasure & happiness out of life
as I can. “Don’t worry – be happy” or EGBOK everything is
going to be OK
, i.e. ignore your problems and only consider what is best for
yourself in terms of making yourself happy. “I’m a product of my
environment,”
i.e. I am not responsible for what I do, so I will find
someone or something else to blame for my problems. “My kids are going to
have what I did not,”
i.e. I don’t like my life, so I will live it through
my kids. The foundation for many child centered families. “I don’t want to
get involved,”
i.e I don’t care and I don’t want to be bothered. “Dr so &
so says,”
i.e. expertise is based on academic credentials. “I’m okay,
You’re okay”
or “That’s fine for you” or “That’s your opinion,”
i.e. there is no basis for truth except in yourself therefore truth can vary
for each individual.

Let me expand on that last one, because it reveals the foundation of all
philosophical thought. It is the question of epistemology. How do we know
anything? What is the basis for finding out what is true and conforms to
reality. That is what I sought to deal with last week. What is the basis for our
belief? Do we have a corner on truth, or are we just following another man made
system to fulfill some spiritual need in man that no one really understands?

The problem with the “I’m okay, you’re okay” or “that’s your
opinion”
philosophy is that its denies that the truth can be known. It says
that there are no absolutes, but even that statement itself is a contradiction
because it is stating an absolute. It is a negative absolute statement that
there are no other absolutes than that there are no absolutes. (Now if you think
that sentence was confusing – welcome to the world of philosophy!)

The “I’m okay, You’re okay” philosophy allows one person to follow the
Bible as a guide for faith and living because it would be as good as any other
standard, and there is no basis to argue against personally believing the Bible
and following it since there is no means to determine ultimate truth. However,
no one else has to accept that standard of truth as being “okay” because it
contradicts the one absolute that there are no absolutes. Hence, I can believe
what I want and you can believe what you want, but neither should impose their
belief system on the other.

But if the Bible is true, as it claims to be, then I am okay because I
believe it and am following it. However, those who do not are not okay because
its truths warn about a real place called Hell reserved for those who do not
know God or obey the gospel of the Lord Jesus (2 Thessalonians
18)
. No wonder American secular society which espouses the “I’m okay,
You’re okay”
philosophy of religious toleration is not tolerant of Biblical
Christianity. It not only calls us in a derogatory sense, “fundamentalists” and
“fanatics,” but they are also quick to file lawsuits to try to keep Biblical
doctrine from spreading. They cannot tolerate any system which claims absolutes
because that contradicts their system of no absolutes except the absolute of
there being no absolutes. This philosophy underlies the paradigm shift of our
increasingly post-modern society.

Can we know the truth? Either we are left in the dilemma of choosing between
the various philosophies that man has thought up, and indeed those are only the
opinions of men and the truth cannot be known – only speculated about. Or God,
the creator of everything has revealed Himself to man so that man can have the
truth and is expected to follow it. That is what my sermon last week was about.

 

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The Basis
for Belief –
2 Peter 1:16-21
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In our study of 2 Peter 1:16-21 we found that the Apostle Peter declared
point blank that he did not give us “cleverly devised tales when we made
known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”

(1:16)
. The Scriptures are not fairy tales, myths, cleverly devised tales
or the philosophies of men. Peter states “we were eyewitness of His majesty.”
The Apostle John says that he saw with his own eyes, heard with his own ears
and touched with his own hands the “Word of life,” Jesus Christ
(1 John 1)
. Scripture is not based on the musings and speculations of
men, but on eyewitness accounts of what God has said and done.

Peter goes on to say in 2 Peter 1:20,21 that, “no prophecy of Scripture is
a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of
the human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
We talked
about this some last week, but it is a key issue to understand. Not only is
Scripture an eyewitness account, but its origin is not even from man, for its
origin is not in man but in the Holy Spirit.

From Genesis to Malachi, the prophets of old received “the word of the Lord.”
That phrase occurs 239 times in the O.T. (NASB). Because
they received their information from God they could rightly report to others
“thus says the Lord” (308 times in the O.T.). They
understood what they were doing and knew the risks. If they made a prophecy and
it was shown to be false they could be justly stoned to death under the Mosaic
Law (Deuteronomy 13:15; 18:21-22). When their prophecy
came true they were still at risk for sinful people often will persecute those
who are righteous and in particular those who call attention to their sin and
need to repent (Matthew 5:12). Many of the prophets were
persecuted and some martyred because of that (Matthew 23:37).
The same was true for the apostles all of whom were martyrs except John. People
will not willingly suffer and die for what they know is false, but they might do
so for what they know is true. These men understood that what they had received
came from God and they were faithful to communicate it to others.

The manner in which the Holy Spirit communicated revelation from God the
Father could vary. Hebrews 1:1 tells us that God “spoke long ago the fathers
in the prophets in many portions and in many ways.”
It could be direct as in
the case of Adam and Moses (Genesis 1:28-29; Exodus 33:11),
or in a physical manifestation of Himself as with Abraham
(Genesis 18)
, or in a dream or vision (Numbers 12:6)
as happened to Solomon (1 Kings 3:5), Ezekiel
(Ezekiel 1:1), and Paul (Acts 9:10),
or through an angel such as when Gabriel spoke to Daniel (Daniel
8:16)
and Mary (Luke 1:19). However, the greatest
means of God’s communication to us has been through His son, Jesus, who is the
radiance of His glory and exact representation of His nature
(Hebrews 1:2-3)
. The life and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ are
written down for us in the gospels.

What God has communicated in the past He has also had written down in the
sacred Scriptures by His inspiration (2 Timothy 3:16) so that the Bible is
properly called the “Word of God” and not “An Anthology About
God by Notable Religious Men.”

 

What is the basis of truth? The revelation of God through His Prophets and
Apostles which we call the Bible and of which Jesus said, “Thy Word is
Truth”
(John 17:17). We follow the word of God, the
truth, not the vain philosophies and speculations of man.

 

The Need of a Biblical Mindset

 

But if the Bible is true, then why are so many who profess to know and love
Jesus Christ still living according to the vain philosophies and speculations of
men? Why does the church have to expend so much effort trying to keep
worldliness out of its members? By worldliness I am referring to the very
outward flagrant sinfulness that is so rampant within the visible church. Things
such as drug abuse, drunkenness, pornography, sexual promiscuity and the
resulting sexual diseases and abortions, divorce, wife beating, child abuse,
children being disobedient to parents and adults being disobedient to the civil
authorities, lying, greed, envy and strife.

Not only is the church battling worldliness, but there are also the schisms
that are a constant threat. I am not talking just about divisions between church
denominations and associations, for some of those are proper since some churches
have departed from the faith and now teach heresy. Passages such as 2
Corinthians 6:14-17 tell us to separate over fundamental beliefs which define
true and false Christianity. However, there are also factions that occur within
groups that are supposed to be fundamentally sound. They agree on the basics,
but divide over what are really man made doctrines.

Some years ago our own church association, IFCA International, was fractured
by an issue concerning the blood of Christ. There were those in our association
that placed such an emphasis on the blood of Christ being shed for us for the
forgiveness of sin (a correct Biblical doctrine) that they ended up teaching
that the blood of Christ was only divine and not human. They claimed that it was
caught up to heaven after being shed on the cross where it is now kept in a vial
or fountain (depending on the person) and is poured out anew for each sin a
person commits. That parallels Roman Catholic doctrine of the Mass, but it is
not taught or even alluded to in the Bible, though I have seen it in the poetry
of some hymns. The Scriptures are clear that Jesus was human as well as divine
(Philippians 2). Hebrews 10:12 states that Jesus Christ,
“having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand
of God.”
The work was done and His blood does not have be poured out again
and again for the remission of sins.

Local church divisions occur for similar reasons. People believe all sorts of
ideas they think that come from God because they heard it from a radio or TV
preacher or read it in some book, but it is not in the Bible. I know several
churches that lost families a few years ago when Harold Camping of Family Radio
started teaching that the church age has ended and you only need to listen to
him. We have had our share of folks leave this church for all sorts of odd
reasons. Sometimes it has been over some new unbiblical doctrine they picked up
somewhere. Sometimes has been from speculations on minor points of doctrine that
they wanted to make into a major issue and have it their way or no way. Most of
the time it has been over personal preferences such as style of music, pride
such as when they do not have the position or get the attention they think they
deserve, or immaturity such as when they have a personal conflict with someone
but refuse to work it out.

Why is the church beset with such problems of worldliness and schisms? Why do
so many not seem to be able to tell the difference between a Biblical doctrine
and the speculations of men? Why do so many that profess to love the Lord Jesus
Christ continue in the defeat of habitual sin? Because they do not yet have a
truly Biblical mindset! Their minds are still more controlled in many ways by
what men say rather than what God says. The church would be a lot different if
its people would spend more time reading and listening to what God says in the
Bible than what men say. The church would also be a lot better off its people
would spend more time actually in the Word of God itself than listening to and
reading what men say about the Bible!

 

Developing a Biblical Mindset

 

It is obvious that we need a Biblical mindset, a Biblical out look on life, a
Biblical philosophy of living. In 2 Corinthians 10:4 Paul described his teaching
ministry as “destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against
the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience
of Christ.”
We will have a Biblical mindset when every thought is controlled
or at least influenced by it. But how can such a thought life be developed? Turn
to Romans 12:1-2.

“I urge you therefore, brethren, be the mercies of God, to present your
bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual
service of worship
(lit = logical service of worship). And do not be
conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that
you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good an acceptable and
perfect.”

 

Paul has presented the gospel message to the Roman church in the chapters
preceding this. That message begins in chapters 1:18-3:20 that man is completely
sinful and justly deserves to die, but God provided for man’s salvation from sin
and its effects through justification by faith in Jesus Christ
(Romans 3:21-5:21)
. The results of this justification is sanctification.
That person is forgiven their sins and set apart to live for God. The believer
is dead to sin and alive to God. Being freed from the law and its penalty he
finds life in Jesus Christ (Romans 6-8). God shows His own
righteousness and power to keep all these promises by the way he has dealt with
the nation of Israel in the past, present and future (Romans
9-11)
. Now Paul says that in view of God’s great mercy to you in
providing your salvation, you need to live your life as a living sacrifice for
Him. He has already bought you with the shed blood of Jesus Christ and except
for Him you would now be dead, so it is only reasonable that you live your life
in a holy manner, that is, in a way pleasing to God. When you do this you
demonstrate your worship of Him.

But we might respond to Paul asking how it can actually be done. We feel the
temptation of the world. There is a lot of pressure by friends, family,
neighbors and the people at work or school to continue in Adam’s old ways of
pleasing self instead of God. The society we live in seeks to mold us into being
like everyone else. But Paul commands in verse 2 “do not be conformed to this
world.”
But how Paul?

It starts with the firm recognition that you are not your own but are bought
with the price of the precious blood of Christ shed as the atoning substitute
sacrifice for your sin (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
It is too easy to intellectually agree with a statement without really thinking
about its ramifications and living by it. We are not to do that. Because of what
Jesus has done for us in redeeming us from our sin we are to be living
sacrifices for Him. That means we are to die to self and live for His glory. Too
many professing Christians think that being released from the law means autonomy
to be your own master and do whatever you would like, but that is not true as
Paul explains in Romans 6 & 7. Being freed from the law and dying to it is so
that we can serve God in the newness of the Spirit instead of the bondage of the
letter. I am still a slave, but my master is now righteousness instead of sin.
Like Paul in Galatians 2:20 I must recognized that I am crucified with Christ
and no longer live, but Christ lives in me. This is the foundational concept we
must understand and accept as the reality of who and what we are.

Paul states the practical means by which you can become a living sacrifice
for Christ and resist the pressure of the world to conform you in Romans 12:2.
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The word transformed is
the same word that describes an ugly caterpillar becoming a beautiful butterfly.
There is complete change which is to occur and is accomplished through the
renewing of your mind. Before you were a Christian you had a mind that was only
sinful. It could not please God because it had a twisted perception of reality
leading you into sinful habits and practices that you thought were just fine at
the time, but the truth was that even your deeds you considered to be righteous
were filthy rags before our holy God (Isaiah 64:6). After you were saved from
your sin the Holy Spirit began to work on your heart and mind giving you the
power to change. The first step was to convince you that your old way of
thinking was wrong. The old thoughts and perceptions of the world had to be
taken and marked “defective, erroneous, sick” and then replaced with the truth
of the Word of God. That is the renewing of your mind. The old thoughts are
discarded and replaced with a new way of thinking. As your mind becomes renewed,
your thoughts & beliefs change resulting in behavior which proves “what the
will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

 

The Power of the Bible

 

How can Scripture accomplish these great changes? Turn to 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof,
for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be
adequate, equipped for every good work.”

 

This verse starts off by saying that all scripture is “God-breathed.”
It did not come by man, but by God. It is His word. Second, these God-breathed
writings are profitable. They are good for doing something useful and
beneficial. They will assist the person in accomplishing what Paul mentions at
the end of verse 17. They will assist you in becoming equipped for every good
work. I say assist because the Scriptures are insufficient in and of themselves.
The Holy Spirit must also be at work to convict, convince and empower you to
apply their truths in your life.

Paul uses four key words to describe the profitability of Scriptures in
accomplish this task of making you adequate or complete and equipped for every
good work. They are: Teaching or doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction.

Teaching or Doctrine. We get the word “didactic” from this word. We
could say these are the informational or general truths of Scripture. They are
the answers to life’s questions. Where did everything come from?
(Genesis 1)
. Why am I the way I am? (Genesis 2).
What is my destiny? (without Christ – Revelation 20; With Christ
-Matthew 25:34)
. What is love? (1 Corinthians 13; Romans
5:8
). Am I loved? (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). Can I be
secure in that love? (Romans 8). How am I supposed to
live? (John 15; Galatians 5). What about when trouble
comes? (John 16:33; Romans 5). What about family
relationships? (Ephesians 5; 1 Peter 3). How do I treat
other people in general? (Matthew 5:44). We could go on
and on with these type of questions and the location of their answers in the
Bible. We could describe doctrine as pointing out the path of life we are to
walk on. It points out the way to have fellowship with God.

Reproof means to “rebuke with sufficient cause, and effectually, so
as to bring the one rebuked to a confession or at least a conviction of sin.”

This is word used in Matthew 18:15 where our Lord tells us, “and if your
brother sins, go and reprove him in private; if he listens to you, you
have won your brother.”
We are to be involved in each other’s lives. When we
fall into sin it helps to have a brother or sister to come along side us and
help us out as described in Galatians 6:1-2. But notice 2 Timothy 3:16 says that
it is Scripture that reproves. We don’t need someone coming and saying
“Brother, your in sin.”
Most people would disregard that as simply your
opinion which was not requested and not welcome. We need someone to come and
say, “Brother, I love you and care about you. I want to help you. Have you
considered what God’s word says about what you are doing? Look with me at what
this passage says.”
We then take the Word of God and use that to bring
reproof. Your opinion about what is right and wrong is just your opinion. The
Word of God is the standard of what is right and wrong and it is used by the
Holy Spirit to bring conviction. We could describe reproof as telling a person
where they have gotten off the path of life that they should be on. They have
moved out of fellowship with God.

Correction means literally “to restore to an upright or right
state.”
That is the goal of the Matthew 18 passage. We go and rebuke a
person showing them the relevant Scripture in order to correct them in their
error. That is also brought out in Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, even if a man is
caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of
gentleness.”
We use Scripture to teach how to overcome the sin and get back
on track. We could describe correction as pointing a person back to the path of
life they should be on. It points the way back to fellowship with God.

Instruction is the final word in Paul’s description. It is an
interesting word that refers to the training of children in mind and morals.
Here the word is specifically linked with righteousness and training the
individual in it. The training of a child is much more than giving them all the
facts. It means walking beside them and guiding them and helping them to put
into practice the facts they know. Scripture does that as well. It not only
tells us the truth, but it tells us how to keep from straying from the truth.
David put it well in Psalm 119:9-11 “How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping [it] according to Thy word. 10 With all my heart I have sought Thee;
Do not let me wander from Thy commandments. 11 Thy word I have treasured in my
heart, That I may not sin against Thee.
” We could describe instruction in
righteousness as telling us how to stay on the path. It tell us how to stay in
fellowship with God.

Doctrine shows us the path of fellowship with God. Temptation comes and we
fall off the path. Reproof tells that we are off the path and no longer in
intimate fellowship with God. Correction gets us back on track and restores us
to intimate fellowship with God. Instruction in righteousness tells us how to
stay on the path in fellowship with God and how to overcome the temptation to
get off it.

 

Conclusions

 

Do you have a Biblical mindset? You cannot even answer that question for
yourself until you know the Scriptures well enough to recognize the difference
between godliness and worldliness and you are choosing godliness. A Biblical
mindset is not distinguished by being able to quote a lot of verses, but rather
by the quest to know what the word of God says about any subject that comes up
and then following it. A Biblical mindset is characterized by striving to be
transformed by the renewing of your mind having it cleansed by the word and
Spirit (Ephesians 5:26). A simple test for this is to
consider how more important it is to you to know you are in agreement with God
and please Him even if it means being rejected by other people because of it.
You can’t know that unless you know the Scriptures.

 

Practical Help

 

I want to leave you this morning with some practical help in developing a
Biblical mindset. It begins with simply reading the Bible. First, I have placed
some Bible reading charts on the back table. These have several plans by which
you can read through the entire Bible either cover to cover, chronologically, or
a mixture of daily Old and New Testament reading. It also has a chart by which
you can mark your progress. Second, some people find beneficial to use an audio
Bible for various reasons. I have one myself. I have placed a sheet on the back
table with various formats and versions with current prices. I recommend a
dramatized version because it is easier to follow. If several want to purchase
at the same time you can save some money on shipping, so I have placed a sign up
sheet to assist with that. I have also copied some brochures for some basic
Bible software that I can purchase in bulk for about $11 each with shipping.
There is also a sign up sheet for that if you are interested.


Sermon Notes – 9/27/2009

 

KIDS CORNER

 

Parents, you are responsible to apply
God’s Word to your children’s lives. Here is some help. Young Children
draw a picture about something you hear during the sermon. Explain your
picture(s) to your parents at lunch. Older Children – 1) Write down all
the verses mentioned. 2) Count how many times “Bible,” “Scripture,” or “word of
God” are mentioned. 3) Talk with your parents about how you can develop a
Biblical mindset by having your mind renewed by the Scriptures.

 

THINK ABOUT IT!

 

Questions to consider in discussing
the sermon with others. What worldly philosophies have you seen demonstrated by
those who profess to love Jesus? Describe. How are those philosophies contrary
to godliness? What is the problem with the “I’m okay, you’re okay”
philosophy? What is logically wrong about the statement, “There are no
absolutes
.” Why do people who say there are no absolutes get so mad at those
who believe the Bible? How does Peter distinguish what he is writing from the
belief systems common in his own day? What is the origin of the Bible? What are
some of the ways in which God communicated His revelation to man? What was the
Holy Spirit’s work in those revelations being written down? What are some of the
consequences in the church when its people do not have a Biblical mindset? What
is worldliness and what are some of the evidences of it in a person’s life? What
are some of the proper reasons to separate from others who claim to be
Christians? What are some of the wrong reasons for such a division? Paul sought
to take every thought captive to the obedience to Christ (2 Cor. 10:4), how
would you describe your progression toward that goal? Why is it reasonable to
present our bodies as living and holy sacrifices to God? What does it mean to be
a living sacrifice? How can the pressure to be conformed to this world be
resisted? Why did Christ free you from the law? What is the resulting
relationship to sin? To Righteousness? What does it mean to be transformed by
the renewing of your mind? By what means is your mind renewed? What will your
life demonstrate as your life is transformed? How does the Bible profit us?
Describe each of the following from 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and their relationship to
one another – Doctrine, reproof, correction & instruction in righteousness.
Which is more important to you? Being in agreement with God and pleasing Him or
avoiding being rejected by others?

Developing a Biblical Mindset – 2 Peter 1:21 & Selected

 

Worldly Philosophies

 

It is heartbreaking for a godly man to see those who claim
to love the Lord live by ________philosophies

    You only go around once, so go for the gusto
Living for the adventure and ___________of the moment

    Looking out for #1 – Selfishly demanding rights
instead of looking out for others

    Eat, drink and be merry – _______________ -seeking
out as much pleasure and happiness as possible

    Don’t worry – be happy – Ignore your problems &
only consider what is best for you

    I’m a product of my environment – My problems are
someone else’s ___________

    My kids are going to have what I did not – I don’t
like my life, so I will live it through my children

    I don’t want to get involved – I don’t ___________,
so don’t bother me

    I’m okay, You’re okay and That’s fine for you
– There is no ultimate _______, so it varies with each person

Denial that truth can be known is an _______________
statement

Biblical truth warns that those in sin are not
___________, but are facing God’s judgement

Those who deny absolute truth cannot ______________ those
who recognize it.


Review2 Peter 1:16-21

The ______________ are not fairy tales, myths, cleverly
devised tales or the philosophies of men.

The Apostles were _________________ of what they reported

The origin of Scripture is in _________, not man.

___________communicated to man in many ways including:

___________ as with Adam and Moses (Genesis
1:28-29; Exodus 33:11)

 

A physical manifestation of Himself as with _____________(Genesis
18)
,

In a __________or vision – Solomon (1 Kings
3:5),
Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:1), and Paul
(Acts 9:10)

 

Through an ____________- Gabriel talking to Daniel
(Daniel 8:16) and Mary (Luke 1:19)

 

Through His son, __________- Hebrews 1:2-3

The Bible was ________(God breathed) and recorded by men
as the Holy Spirit moved them (2 Tim. 3:16)

 

The Need of a Biblical Mindset

 

Why does the church battle worldliness and schisms among
its _____________?

There are proper reasons to be _______________ , including
heresy – 2 Corinthians 6:14-17

Most church schisms are caused by minor doctrines,
personal preferences, ____________or immaturity

The church would not struggle with worldliness and schisms
if its people had a truly ___________mindset

 

Developing a Biblical Mindset

 

2 Corinthians 10:4 – Paul’s ministry set out to take every
____________captive to the obedience of Christ

Romans 12:1-2 – the practical and reasonable response to
the ______________

How can conformity to the world be ____________when we
feel pressure the strength of the temptations?

1) Recognition that you are not
your own but are ________with the price of the precious blood of Christ

2) Recognition that we are no
longer slaves of sin, but ______of God & righteousness (Rom. 6,
Gal. 2:20)

 

3) Be transformed by the renewing
of your mind. – Transformed = ____________________

The old way of thinking is marked “defective” and
_______________by a new way of thinking


The Power of the Bible 2 Timothy 3:16-17

By the work of the Holy Spirit, the Bible will profit you
to be _________& equipped for every good work

Teaching / Doctrine – Scripture points us to the
________________and answers life’s great questions

Reproof is to _________with sufficient cause to bring
about conviction of sin. See Matt. 18:15, Gal. 6:1-2

The Scriptures point out where a person has gotten
_______the path of life and moved out of fellowship

Correction restores to a right state. Scripture directs
how to overcome sin and ___________the path of life

Instruction – trains us in ___________________. See Psalm
119:9-11

Scripture tells us how to _______________the path of life
and in fellowship with God

A Biblical mindset is characterized by striving to be
transformed by the _______________of your mind


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