A BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF THINKING

HOW DOES A CHURCH ATTAIN UNITY OF ATTITUDE

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“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”

Philippians 2:5

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A BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF THINKING – Jesus Christ.

HOW DOES A CHURCH ATTAIN UNITY OF ATTITUDE?

1A THINK ABOUT THE SAME THING

2A EXERCISE SOUND DIVINE JUDGMENT

3A THINK LIKE CHRIST

4A LET SCRIPTURE DWELL RICHLY WITHIN YOU

5A BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

So, how is it that we can change our thoughts? Brain researchers have proven scientifically that it is possible to change our way of thinking.

Dr. Einstein once said, “Common sense is actually nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down in the mind prior to the age of eighteen, every new idea one encounters in later years must combat this accretion of self evident concepts.”  If there is any veracity to this statement, then we are in desperate need of some uncommon sense, or should I say spiritual sense.

Worldview, Mindset, Imitate, Biblical View

Notes for Verse 5

Verse 5. The oldest manuscripts read, "Have this mind in you," &c. He does not put forward himself (see on Php 2:4; & 1:24) as an example, but Christ, THE ONE pre-eminently who sought not His own, but "humbled Himself" ( Phil. 2:8), first in taking on Him our nature; secondly, in humbling Himself further in that nature (Romans 15:3).

Romans 8:4-6 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

“Mind” Means to have understanding, to feel, or think, to direct the mind, to seek or strive for.

It could be said that the mind is the way the spirit of man uses the brain

Mind) refers to the aspects of intellect and consciousness manifested as combinations of thought, perception, memory, emotion, will and imagination, including all of the brain’s conscious and unconscious cognitive processes. "Mind" is often used to refer especially to the thought processes of reason. Subjectively, mind manifests itself as a stream of consciousness. Wikipedia

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It’s {mind} closely related to the basic attitude or stance in the heart. Rom 10:10, Proverbs 4:23, 23:7; Philippians 4:7’ 1 Peter 3:4 or the spirit of man I Corinthians 2:11, Hebrews 4:12.

A renewed spirit will result in a renewed mind as we walk after the Spirit. A righteous mind demands to fulfill the righteous requirement “Walk in the spirit of Christ.” Which means: To set one’s mind or heart upon something. It speaks of the whole action of the affections and will as well as of the reason.

A church needs to think spiritual thoughts. We need to get beyond the level of our own humanist list and enter into the thinking of the spirit.

Where does the conflict come: The conflict is between the flesh and the spirit, not the spirit and the spirit. When two people have the mind of the spirit there is little conflict. clip_image010

THE VIDEO OF THE MESSAGE WILL BE ON GROWBYLEARNING.COM

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About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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