Refocusing your mind on Christ gives you the mind of Christ.
Read Colossians 3:1-17
- An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a device that gives the heart an electric shock to restore a heart to healthy rhythm. What are signs that our hearts are spiritually out of rhythm?
- In A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean writes, 'As a Scot and a Presbyterian, my father believed that man by nature was a mess and had fallen from an original state of grace... and that only by picking up on God's rhythms were we able to regain power and beauty.' What does this quote say to you? What are some ways we can pick up on God's rhythms?
- Last week we saw Paul address our identity in Colossians 3:1-4. Paul also addresses our focus - specifically our thinking. He tells us in 3:2 'set your minds on the things above.' Why would Paul emphasize our thinking? What role does thinking play in spiritual transformation?
- Are we more of a 'thinking' culture or a 'feeling' culture? Why? What are some effects of this?
- When we say your feelings are real but not reliable, what do we mean? How can thoughts eventually shape feelings?
- Dallas Willard writes, 'The ultimate freedom we have as human beings is the power to select what we will allow or require our minds to dwell upon.' What do you think of this statement?
- Think about how holy God is - Revelation 4. How can setting your mind on God's holiness and worthiness transform you? How does God's glory speak to your current situation?
- Think about how humble Jesus is - Philippians 2. How can setting your mind on Jesus' humility speak to your life currently?
- Read Colossians 3:5-11. How does renewal happen? How do we replace lies with truth?
- What practices do you see in Col 3:15-17 that help cultivate the virtues of 3:12-14?