1999 James A. Fowler
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RENEWING THE MIND
I. Representative Biblical references
A. Attitudes of mind that need to
- "a depraved mind, to do things which are not proper"
- "mind set on the flesh" *
- "haughty in mind" *
4:4 - "blinded the minds of unbelieving"
11:3 - "minds led astray from simplicity and purity to Christ"
- "the desires of the flesh and of the mind"
- "the futility of their mind" *
- "set their minds on earthly things" *
- "alienated and hostile in mind"
- "inflated without cause by a fleshly mind" *
- "their mind and their conscience are defiled" *
B. Calls for renewal
- "be transformed by the renewing of your mind" *
4:16 - "our inner man is being renewed day by day"
- "be renewed in the spirit of your mind" *
- "the new man is being renewed to a true knowledge..."
- "renewing by the Holy Spirit"
C. Attitudes of a renewed mind
- "the steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace"
- "I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind"
- "The Lord who seest the mind and the heart"
- "Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength"
- "let each man be fully convinced in his own mind"
2:16 - "we have the mind of Christ"
- "have this mind in you which was also in Christ Jesus"
- "whatever is true, right, pure...let your mind dwell on
- "set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth"
10:16 - "I will put my laws into their minds"
1:13 - "gird your minds for action" *
- "I am He who searches the minds and hearts"
II. Why does the mind need to be renewed?
A. The mind has been programmed with
natural "established attitudes"
are the beliefs, thoughts, ideas, opinions, convictions, prejudices
that we have concerning
ourselves, others, objects, activities, God, etc.
were these formed?
of educational system
of society (books, television, movies, etc.)
of religious training
"established attitudes" permeated with fleshly "personal
interest" of selfishness and sinfulness.
Act: personal aspiration, gratification, reputation
React: fight, fright, flight
B. If there was a mental-video device
that could record all the thoughts that go through your mind,
you want to play it back for everyone?
knows our every thought
17:10 - "I, the Lord, search the heart; I test the mind"
20:12 - "The Lord seest the mind and the heart"
2:23 - "I am He who searches the minds and hearts"
this not reveal the necessity of renewing the mind?
C. The mind needs to be renewed with
Godly "established attitudes"
and continual renewal of the mind
Initial renewal - regenerative renewal
3:5 - "regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit"
Cor. 2:16 - "you have the mind of Christ"
8:10; 10:16 - "I will put my laws in their hearts"
Continual renewal - sanctifying renewal
2:5 - "Have this mind in you which was in Christ"
4:8 - "whatever is true, right, pure...let minds dwell
3:2 - "set your minds on things above"
thoughts and attitudes of the mind serve as the conduits which
allow for the mobilization
of Godly behavior by divine energizing.
23:7 - "As a man thinks in his soul, so is he (in behavior)
Pet. 1:13 - "gird your minds for action"
D. The combination of our "established
attitudes" develop into a "mind-set"
false sense of identity
external orientation - "how do I look?"
guilt - attitudes of worthlessness, inferiority
about other people
people pleasing - self-conscious
vain imaginations - fears, phobias
attitudes of anger, impatience, hate, bitterness, resentment,
revenge, suspicion, criticism, jealousy,
unforgiveness, blame, depression, co-dependency
materialism - "what am I going to buy next?"
love things - use people
addictions to substances, objects, etc.
quest for knowledge
desire to be correct, accurate, right
what might happen; the hypothetical - worry
panic about inability to cope
irrelevant, archaic, out-moded, unnecessary
external, peripheral safety net; mystical, magical
III. How can the mind be renewed to develop Godly "established
A. Established attitudes re-formed
to coincide with God's attitudes
with His character - purity, righteousness, love, joy
Greek anakainoo: ana=again; kainos=new
Greek ananeoo: ana=again; neos=new
3. In accord
newness of life in Jesus Christ - Rom. 6:4
newness of the Spirit - Rom. 7:6
new covenant - Heb. 8:8,13
new and living way - Heb. 10:20
new creature - II Cor. 5:17
new man - Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10
B. Basis of Godly "established attitudes"
is God's revelation of Himself
19:1,2 - "the heavens declare the glory of God..."
1:20 - "His attributes have been seen...through what he
10:22 - "the Son will reveal Him"
1:18 - "He has explained Him"
Tim. 3:16 - "all Scripture is inspired by God"
just Bible knowledge of Bible data or trivia
3:15 - "God will reveal it to you"
14:5 - "let each man be fully convinced in his own mind"
C. Requires personal discipline to renew
Godly established attitudes.
Tim. 4:7 - "discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness"
Undisciplined minds and thinking retain natural attitudes
This is not the self-discipline of self-effort
We must discipline (exercise) our minds and thoughts to allow
for Godly action mobilized through
Godly established attitudes
D. A "mind-set" settled on
God and His activity.
1. A "steadfast
mind" set on the things of God
16:3 - "your thoughts shall be established"
26:3 - "the steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect
Not an idle mind - daydreaming, procrastinating, wasting time,
Mind set on God's character and His ways
4:8 - "whatever is true, right, pure...let your mind dwell
3:2 - "set your mind on things above...
2. A "mind-set"
that spontaneously thinks of God and His activity
Joy - Phil. 4:4; I Thess. 5:16
Laughter - Prov. 15:13; 17:22
Song in your heart - Eph. 5:19
Love for others - Rom. 5:5; Jn. 13:34
E. Practical necessity of "renewing
of mind" for Godly behavior
in form of thinking and behavior (transformation) comes as an
indirect result of renewal
of mind - Rom. 12:2
reverse: External nonconformity does not lead to behavioral transformation
on spiritual regeneration and becoming a "new man"
in Christ, the Christian has the indwelling
spiritual sufficiency to engage in the renewing of the mind that
allows for divinely
empowered Christian behavior - Eph. 4:23; Col. 3:10