by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: Thinking Clearly About Our World
Series: Thinking Clearly In A Messed Up World
Stuart Briscoe
Romans 12:1-2

St. Paul told the Roman believers, "Don't let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God remold your minds from within" (Romans 12:2, Phillips). But what did he mean by "the world" and how does it affect our minds and what should we do about it?

I. Renewing the Mind.

A. Why does the mind need renewing?
1. The effectiveness of the mind. Romans 14:5
2. The fallenness of the mind. Romans 1:28
3. The emptiness of the mind. Ephesians 4:17

B. How can the mind be renewed?
1. By exposure to "the truth that is in Jesus." Ephesians 4:21 23
a. Heard of him.
b. Taught in him.
c. Put off old self.
d. Put on new self.
e. Made new in the attitude of the mind.

2. By submitting to God's working in our lives. Romans 12:2

II. Rejecting the Mold.

A. Recognizing the world (Gk. "aion") in which we live.
1. "This" age vs. the "coming" age. Ephesians 1:21
2. "The present evil age" vs. "the ages of the ages." Galatians 1:4


Part 2: Thinking Clearly About Myself
Series: Thinking Clearly In A Messed Up World
Stuart Briscoe
Romans 12:3

The renewed mind thinks clearly about "the self." This is important because, as John Stott points out, "Our 'self' is not a simple entity that is either wholly good or wholly evil, and therefore to be either totally valued or totally denied. Instead, our 'self' is a complex entity of good and evil, glory and shame which on that account requires that we develop more subtle attitudes to ourselves" (The Cross of Christ, p. 282).

I. An Evenly Balanced View of the Self.

A. The sense of self.
1. A sense of depravity-"an aborted thing." 1 Corinthians 15:8
2. A sense of dignity-"an apostle." 1 Corinthians 15:9; Ephesians 2:20
3. A sense of destiny-"we will all be changed." 1 Corinthians 15:5f

B. The place of grace. 1 Corinthians 15:10

C. The blessing of balance. Romans 12:3a
1. The absence of arrogance.
2. The calm of confidence.

II. An Overly Exalted View of the Self. Romans 12:3b

A. The self assertiveness of James and John. Mark 10:35f
B. The self pity of Job. Job 27:2; 42:6
C. The self sufficiency of Uzziah. 2 Chronicles 26:1f
D. The self indulgence of Koheleth. Ecclesiastes 2:10f

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