Church of the Living God
Bible Study Lesson
Presenter: Overseer Ennis F. Tait
November 14, 2012
Series: Giving God What You Have
Focus Verse: Philippians 2:5 (KJV)
Today’s Discussion: “Does the Lord have access to your mind?”
How many of you would consider yourself a follower of Christ?
The lesson aim is to evaluate and assess the mindset of the church (ekklesia). More importantly, as disciples we must be willing to admit that our conversation and lifestyle may not reflect a growing personal relationship with Christ. Consequently, our faith in God and the power (authority) we’ve been given as HIS disciples have become faint or are of no avail. (Matthew 10:1; Matthew 17:19-21)
We started this new journey last week with an introductory lesson entitled “are you a close-minded disciple”. We discovered a flaw in the disciple’s thinking, namely Philip, as Jesus challenged them to think in the spirit and believe on HIM. The premise for Jesus’ approach in John 6:6 challenges each disciple to think like Jesus if we hope to fulfill our god-given purpose. But, the dilemma we face as disciples is not knowing the mind of Christ. [QUESTION: Can I be a disciple and not fully believe in the Lord Jesus?] The enemy works to keep our focus off God and HIS will for our lives. Thus, we begin to focus too much on our circumstances, problems and issues. (Isaiah 26:3) The enemy’s ultimate goal is to control our thoughts and use us as pawns to lure others away from God.
The Apostle Paul commands the church at
to change the way they think. Paul
offers the church a solution on how to change the outcomes in their lives. Some believe “outlook determines
outcomes”. (James 4:1-10) To have the mind of Christ means to exhibit the
attitude of Christ. (References: I Peter 2:19-25; I Peter 4:1-2;
I John 2:6) As disciples of Jesus
Christ we work to change the way we see things and people. Our struggle has more to do with how we live,
learn and respond to people, situations and storms (circumstances).
Key terms in the text:
- Disciple – [math-ay-tes] – a learner; pupil
- Mind – [fron-eh-o] – to exercise the mind, i.e. entertain or have a sentiment or opinion (frane – the feelings or sensitive nature; the mind or cognitive faculties)
Final thought: God wants to have constant habitation with us and not just unscheduled visitations.