Sadly, this is my last Bible email to you all! Two years at the Stewards’ Trust have flown by and I’m getting ready to move on.
Sex. That’s right, I just said it – the ‘s’ word! Perhaps it’s something that you don’t talk about, or perhaps it’s just a word that makes you giggle! Or maybe it’s something you’re intrigued by but don’t really want to ask about or even know who to ask about it– talking to your parents would be way too cringe, and asking teachers would be out of the question!
A huge congratulations to those of you who have finished your exams – THEY’RE OVER! Those of you who still have a way to go, keep going, we are rooting for you and you will get there!
What delight comes to those who follow God’s ways! They will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of their lives. They are never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.
Psalm 1:3 (The Passion Translation)
I don’t know about all of you, but I miss the Easter Camps SO MUCH!
A few weeks ago, I was writing a talk about true freedom and what it means to create idols in our lives- it sounds heavy but I’m realising it bears more relevance to my life than I first realised.
In Exodus 20 God has just freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and he tells His people not to build an idol to bow down to:
“You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven: do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.” Exodus 20:22-23
We’ve been looking at the transformation process that happens to us when we say yes to following Jesus. We have looked at not conforming to the world around us, what it means to be transformed and this week I wanted to ask- what does it mean to have a ‘renewed mind’?
In Romans 12:2 it says (AMP): “Do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes].
What does it look like to be ‘conformed to the world’ around us. We looked at how the world looks, speaks and acts differently to those who follow Jesus and how easy it can be to conform. But we are encouraged by Paul to “be transformed and progressively changed” (Romans 12:2 AMP) and this week, I want to ask you the question, are you being conformed or transformed?
Something that I’ve been thinking about this week is ‘how different do I have to be, in order to be a Christian?’ How much can I fit in with the world around me and still faithfully follow Jesus with my whole heart?
In Romans 12:2 Pauls talks to the Christians living in Rome and tells them “do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind…”