"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is?his good, pleasing and perfect will." – Romans 12:2
What are the patterns of this world. I mean there are so many to list I tried to pick some that are pretty broad and general and that include a lot of people. This world is gross for lack of a better term. It's all about me, it's all about what I like, what feels good. This world couldn't be more off as to what it is supposed to be like, I hope the following stuff Renews Your Mind as the title suggests and challenges you to make changes where needed. If you can think of anything else that we could write about e-mail us, we gotta learn somehow. I love you all.
Cliques Philippians 2:1 ” 4 1 Corinthians 12:12 – 31
This verse stresses the incredible importance of unity especially in the church using phrases like “united?, “like-minded? ‘same love? “one in spirit? “consider others better than yourselves? this is what it is about. This what is important. The world will tell you to look out for yourself, you are what is important, no one else. RENEW YOUR MIND the bible says we are all equally important in the body of Christ we all have different gifts and all are used together (1 Corinthians 12:12 ” 31).
CHALLENGE: If you have wronged anyone, make it right as for forgiveness do whatever you can to bring fellowship back to where it needs to be. New people join the group invite them with open arms, people should leave here feeling more loved than when they came in.
Sex 1 Corinthians 7:1-7 1 Corinthians 6:15-20 Genesis 2:23-25
Sex Is not something that God takes lightly. It is a huge thing to Him and it should be to us as well. To the world sex is a game that guys play to get notches in their belts, its something to do on the weekend, its as normal as chewing bubble gum or drinking soda. RENEW YOUR MIND. The ONLY biblical way to have sex is in the confines of marriage. Sexual sin is not worse than any other sin, but it is different than many. Sexual sin is one of the few sins that effects your body. You may get diseases, pregnant, depression, lack of self-worth. God wants to protect us from that stuff. He isn’t trying to stop us from having a good time. Remember even doctors Christian and non have agreed that it is better to abstain from sex until marriage due to the amount of emotional weight it adds. Sexual purity doesn’t stop at full blown sex but pornography, lustful thoughts (fantasizing), pretty much anything you wouldn’t do your Baptist grandma was in the room.
CHALLENGE: unless your married stay away from it. It is pain that God does not want us to be held down with. If you are tempted with a boyfriend or girlfriend call a trusted friend, youth director whatever, get out of the situation. If you don’t think you can stop in the relationship, get out of the relationship.
Drugs / Alcohol Romans 13 Ephesians 5:18 1 Corinthians 6:12 1 Corinthians 8:9-13 1 Corinthians 6:20 Proberbs 23:29-35 Drugs and Alcohol are a tough issue in this day and age. It seems like everyones doing it, statistics show that by senior year of high school at least half will have tried some form of drug, even more will have gotten drunk. Drinking is just something we do, go out party, get drunk, drive home, ah the intelligence of it all. RENEW YOUR MIND!!! The bible does not say drinking is a sin, in certain circumstances it can be healthy when doing in moderation. But first off for those underage it is illegal therefore a sin. Getting drunk is a sin. Smoking cigarettes another tough issue what about Christians who smoke I know some great Christian people who smoke, the only problem is the bible tells us to not be mastered by anything. In that sense I can’t with good conscience say that smoking is necessarily good, not to mention the medical issues it raises. We are told not to do anything that might encourage another Christian to stumble or sin. Drugs in general are wrong, they are a sin, they go against the law of the land that Romans verse again. Now suppose they get legalized, they still become something that master you, the bible tells us to honor God with our bodies, I couldn’t see that honoring him honestly.
CHALLENGE: If you do it just stop because it is illegal. Remember to honor God with your body. If someone invites you to a party invite them to youth group, if they offer you drugs invite them to youth group or chuch. Remember God in your times of temptation.
Cussing James 3:2 ” 9 Ephesians 4:29
What are words anyway, just a way of expressing your individuality. So I tell someone to eff off, they’ll get over it. I don’t cuss, I say freakin, and crap, and dangit, and butthole, I use replacement words so I am ok. RENEW YOUR MIND Those words are not necessarily bad, but if in your mind and your heart your saying the real thing what is the difference. Only when I am really mad or hurting do those words cross my mind. Have you ever regretted something you said the second it left your mouth, that is because it is almost impossible to “tame the tongue? stuff slips. Love and Hate should not come out of the same mouth. Let there be something different about you then the rest of the world. Speak love encourage people that they may benefit from knowing you. You can’t glorify God by tearing people down.
CHALLENGE: next time you feel like cussing out of frustration over a situation thank God for the chance to overcome and obstacle.
It has been tough learning about some of this stuff. I mean it has been for me, it reminds me of why I do this. This is a hard world to live in, hard for you hard for me, but how awesome is it that God chose us. That he sent Jesus to die on the cross for us. He took all of it for us all of God’s wrath was poured out on Him so we would not have to face it, that we could turn to Him, repent and live in freedom peace and joy. HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD!