Rewired, Part 6, Aug 28, 2011

Romans 12:1-14
– v.8 – giving is a spiritual issue, not a money issue
– Satan whats you to be fearful of money, but tithing is a trust issue
– giving generously is when you give more than your tithe
– you find freedom and blessings in giving
– v.13 – if I am the church without walls, I need to be hospitibal and introduce myself to those I don’t know
– v.14 – “bless those that persecute you” is contrary to the world’s values – same thing Jesus taught in Matt 5:38-42

Rewired, Part 5, Aug 21, 2011

Romans 12:10-13

v.10 – be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Being devoted takes work
  – honor – it’s not a suggestion – it’s also not a license to have people bully you
v.11 – it’s my own responsibility to keep myself in tune wtih God
v.12 – joyful in my confident expectation, patient in my trials
  – faithful in prayer – disciplined
v.13 – when you hear about a need, God probably wants you to do something, even if it’s just to pray – quit making it all about you, it’s all about Jesus

Rewired, Part 4, Aug 14, 2011

Rom. 12:1-11 – renewing your mind by digging into God’s Word
v. 1 – we can react as either carnal man, natural man, or spiritual man
– everything I have belongs to God, I am to present it all to Him
v. 2 – being transformed – meditating on the Word, not just reading it (Prov. 4:5-6). Don’t be conformed but have discipline
v.3 – grace has been given to every person. I’m not better than anyone else. The level of faith varies, but don’t pass judgement. How can I help other’s faith grow?
v. 4-5 – we all have different functions in the body of Christ. We can’t all think our gift is the answer to every problem.
v. 6 – don’t judge others, we all have different ifts and levels according to the grace given to each of us.
v.8 – most mercy people aren’t cheerful (like Mary and Martha). Work hard to have a cheerful attitude.
v.9 – be sincere in love (not hypocritical or two-faced).  A renewed mind forgives.
– must hate what is evil and cling to what is good (both) at the same time
v.10 – devoted – not a casual commitment. Honoring others above myself goes against the world’s values. Renew your mind by honoring others.
v.11 – keep your spiritual fervor – take responsibility for my own spiritual growth, and ask for help when I need it.

Rewired, Part 3, Aug 7, 2011

A Renewed Mind
Rom. 12:1-2 – through a renewed/rewired mind we can kmnow God’s will
2 Cor. 10:3-5 – take every thought captive and make it obedient to God
Isa. 30:15, Phil. 3:19 – need spiritual discernment
– a non-conformed mind – not one that’s out of touch with the people that need to hear God like the Pharisees were, but we use our mind to choose who to listen to. Not obsessed with outer beauty, but God’ inward beauty in me.
– world: obsessed with consumerism, God is obsessed with giving
– world: focused on success, God is looking vor servanthood
– world: focused on revenge, God is looking for forgiveness
– world: focused on self-gratification and self-exhaltation, God is looking for humility and sacrifice

God’s solution: Rom. 8:5-6 – have a spiritual mind
  1 Cor. 2:9-16 – we have the mind of Christ
  – Holy Spirit teaches us about God and His mind
  – natural man doesn’t receive things from the Spirit of God, doesn’t have the capacity to understand. God help me to reach them through something they can understand
  – spiritual man trust God – against human logic
  – 1 Cor. 3:1-3 – christians can still walk as a natural man