Loving God through the Renewal of Your Mind. Romans 12:1-2. Romans 12:1-2.
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According to Romans 12:2, where does transformation begin?
How is my mind renewed?
Mt. 22:37, Mk 12:30, Luke 10:27
Same renew as Romans 12:2
PRAY to the Holy Spirit for help.
Unless you are born-again, you cannot love God with your mind.
v.40 and v. 52
They studied what the apostles taught
Intellectual love is preparation for a war of words and ideas.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
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!
apologetics engages the mind
1 Peter 3:5
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 Christ’s life.”
How was the cannon formed?
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.
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. ”
Archaic: learn or find out
Because of the choices I have.
See Romans 14:5
Dealing with Gray Area Issues
Loving God with your mind will not happen without a plan.
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.Acts 17:11
What is your plan?
Is a FREE website you can
use to obtain material.
What about gifts for birthdays, graduation, Father’s or Mother’s 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?