July 07, 2019 AM
Dr. Michael Catt – 1903
#1 in series
Battle for the Mind
DON’T PUT YOUR MIND IN NEUTRAL
Romans 12:1, 2
As you read the New Testament, it is clear there is a battle for the mind. The enemy wants to fill our minds with half-truths, deception, and temptation. We are told in the Bible to renew our minds, but that doesn't happen without personal discipline. We can't win the battle over the world, the flesh, and the devil with our minds in neutral. There is practical instruction available in the Word of God for living a life full of truth, victory, and power. Unfortunately, we live in an age where people don't know how to think anymore. Their lives are manipulated by the media, entertainment, fake news, worldly philosophies, and warped perspectives. If we want to know God, there are some practical truths we need to apply on a daily basis. When you read the Epistles, most of them begin with doctrine and end with practical application of doctrine and truth. Our goal in this series is to practically apply God's wisdom to our lives so that we walk with wisdom and avoid confusion and deception. We cannot afford to practice mindless Christianity.
For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbapst.net/messages.
I. THE NATURAL MIND
A) Our minds are __. (Eph. 4:17)
B) Our minds are __. (Titus 1:15)
C) Our minds are ___. (1 Tim. 6:5)
D) Our minds are__. (Rom. 8:6)
II. THE MISINFORMED MIND
A) We must avoid __.
B) We must not fall for__ alien to the gospel.
III. THE RENEWED MIND
“For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:21-24
Everyone here has one of three responses to God’s revelation:
“This new self is being renewed in knowledge. Every Christian is in a continuing education program. Renewal is constantly needed in the believer’s bale against sin and the old self. The ‘knowledge’ referred to here is personal knowledge of Christ that is in the image of its Creator. The goal of the knowledge is Christlikeness. The more believers know of Christ and His work, the more they are being changed to be like Him. Because this process is lifelong, we must never stop learning and obeying.” – Life Application Commentary