Teaching for Transformation, Part 2: The Mind

Continuing with the theme defining what true biblical transformation looks like, we examine the second aspect of transformation, the mind. Romans 12:2 says a person is transformed by the renewing of their mind.  The Greek word for transformed here comes from the same Greek word we get the English word "metamorphosis" from.  It means to "change into another form" or to "transfigure".  It is the same Greek word Matthew used in Matthew 17 to describe the transfiguration of Jesus on the mount before Peter, John, and James.

So to be transformed by the renewing of your mind means to display in your thinking the change redemption has brought about in you.  According to Romans 12:2, how does this take place? It takes place through consistent meditation on and study of God's word.  It is the work of the Holy Spirit in the minds of God's people as they hear God's word taught, study it themselves, and meditate on it.

The renewed mind is submitted to and controlled by the word of God.  A renewed mind discerns what is "the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God". (Romans 12:2)  A renewed mind takes "every thought captive to obey Christ". (2 Corinthians 10:5)  It dwells on whatever is "true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable". (Philippians 4:8)

As you teach God's word to your class, you are taking part in the work of God in transforming and renewing the minds of your people.  As you prepare to teach, God is transforming and renewing your mind.  We should desire for our people to be people of discernment.  We should desire for them to have minds that dwell on the pure things of God.  You should desire that for yourself as well.

As God does his work through His word in the minds of the people of your class, that spills over to the life of the church.  Imagine a whole church of people maturing in the word, having a renewed mind discerning and pursuing the things of God, and dwelling on whatever is pure, lovely, just and honorable.  Imagine how unifying that would be for the body of Christ.

This would go a long way in fulfilling the prayer of Jesus in John 17:21-23, "May they be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You.  May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me. I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one. I am in them and You are in Me.  May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me."  (HCSB)

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