I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Don’t just talk the talk. Walk the walk.” This is certainly true of being a Christian, but followers of Jesus also need to learn to “think the think.” So, how do you begin to think like Christians? What should I think about politics, or gender issues, or my career?
Some people will tell you it’s simple; just find the right Bible verse! But as it is with many things, this is sort of true and sort of not. Of course, our thinking must be shaped by the Bible. After all, it is the authoritative Word of God. Where else can we go? But sometimes the “pick a verse” method doesn’t deliver. The Bible has plenty to say on Jesus, or salvation, but what about all the other topics we face on a daily basis, that seem to be missing from scripture? Looking for the right chapter and verse won’t always get you too far.
Rather, thinking like a Christian in every area of life comes from marinating in the scriptures over months and years and decades. God’s story begins to shape how we understand our own story, with all the issues we face. As we’re steeped in the Bible, the Holy Spirit develops “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16) in us; our thoughts, attitudes and actions are formed, so we begin to see the world as Jesus does.
This month we’re starting a new series called The Christian Mind. Together we’ll be exploring themes like addiction, consumerism, mental health and social media. You’d be pushed to find proof-texts for many of these topics, but does that mean that the Bible has nothing to say on them? Not at all! The Bible has always had the power to speak to new generations, facing new challenges. This is as true today as it’s ever been.
Series Titles and Dates:
20 May Woodbury Avenue 6:30pm – Christian Spirituality
27 May Woodbury Avenue 6:30pm – Addiction
3 June Woodbury Avenue 6:30pm – Gender
10 June Woodbury Avenue 6:30pm – Politics
1 July Woodbury Avenue 6:30pm – Mental Health
8 July Woodbury Avenue 6:30pm – Consumerism vs Simplicity
22 July Woodbury Avenue 6:30pm – Social Media
Miles Tradewell | Minister for Discipleship