Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cultivating a Spiritual Mind

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)

This past Sunday, as I was greeting people leaving the church after the service, I was asked by someone if I could post a Bible memory verse on this blog each week. What a blessing! One the great things that is happening at Arrowsmith in these days is the hunger and thirst for the Word of God we are experiencing together. God is working in the hearts of many in our church – from life-changing responses to the sermons, to the large group that is consistently attending Acts 2:42 (our Sunday evening teaching/prayer time), to those who are asking for more Bible verses to memorize. I am reminded of the words of Richard Lovelace from his book Renewal as a Way of Life -

As individuals we need to invest time in two kinds of background study. First, we need to move out to theological integration. We need t pore through the text of Scripture repeatedly, allowing the Holy Spirit to rebuild our minds and confront our spiritual needs. . . . Second, we need to study theology, because systems formed in the past, do have relevance for the present. Modern theologians have repeated the most elementary errors because they have failed to study carefully the history of doctrine. . . .

I am more and more convinced that Christianity has lost control of Western culture because it has failed to spend time and money on cultivation of the mind. The result is a modernism that cannot transform culture because it has capitulated to paganism, and a fundamentalism which has no traction because it is out of touch. The only way we can avoid these polar dangers of destructive and protective enculturation is to invest time, money, and prayer where the impact is the greatest: in the formation of Christian hearts and minds.
I will begin posting a weekly Bible verse on this blog, which will be changed every Monday.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. (Romans 8:5-7)

1 comment:

  1. I used this particular verse in a challenge I made to someone this week. He was unwilling to take the challenge, and with that, God indeed is the victor!