Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)

  • If you had to listen to one, which would you choose: New Kids on the Block or New Direction?
  • When looking for a house, would you rather buy a fixer-upper or new construction?
  • Share an idea / philosophy that has radically transformed the way you do things.

Main Idea

When our minds are renewed, it breaks down our resistance to God’s rule in our lives and allows God to have greater influence over our wills.

 

Discuss

What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?

We learned this week that a renewed mind results in a transformed life. This means changing the way we see things can affect our choices and priorities.  Share a time you experienced this in any area of your life.

What does the Bible say?

Read Romans 12:1-2

Mike shared four goals the world seeks to conform us into seeking:

  • Fortune – “Get as much as you can and keep all you get.”
  • Fame – “Make a name for yourself, become well-known.”
  • Power – “Get influence and use it to take control over people.”
  • Pleasure – “If it feels good, do it.”
    • Of the above, which do you see as having the biggest influence in your life? A good way to gauge this is to ask the question: “Which causes the greatest fear and anxiety when I think about it getting taken away?”
  • According to Paul, which comes first – renewing your mind or transformation? Why must renewing your mind come first?  Have you ever tried to transform yourself without renewing your mind first?  What happened?
  • How has God changed your perspective (the way you see things) since you have started following Him? How do your priorities and choices reflect this change?

Apply the Message

Without renewing our minds, our natural posture will be to resist God’s rule in our lives.  That is why God is so much more committed to changing our character than our circumstances.

  • What is on your current list of prayer requests? How many of them have to do with God working in YOUR life and YOUR character?
  • While it is easy to see what God “needs to do out there,” we need to be people who have the courage to ask God to work “in here.” Over the next week, ask God to bring to mind areas that He wants to work on in your life.  (This isn’t about condemnation – remember Romans 8:1 – this is about becoming aware so we can partner with Him in the renewing of our minds.)

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