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Breaking the Mold (2)

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Driving Principle: "Conform to the world and lose your mind, renew your mind and transform the world" This message explores Pauls' teaching in Romans chapter 12 where he admonishes people on the faith journey to reshape their thinking after God's priorities. This text cautions that a real temptation in this life is for Christ followers to be crammed into the world's way of thinking. This message will further distinguish between a worldly way of thinking and a Christian way of thinking.

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Introduction

Romans 12:1–2 NIV
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
“How can the body become a sacrifice? Let the eye look on no evil, and it is a sacrifice. Let the tongue utter nothing base, and it is an offering. Let the hand work no sin, and it is a holocaust. But more, this suffices not, but besides we must actively exert ourselves for good; the hand giving alms, the mouth blessing them that curse us, the ear ever at leisure for listening to God”
1001 Illustrations that Connect Illustration 36: Finding the Beatles Hollow

Ken Mansfield, the United States manager for Apple Records (the Beatles’ label), tells about his wonderful times with the Beatles before they broke up. Things went downhill after that until, in the mid-1980s, he hit bottom.

Through a woman with whom he fell in love, Mansfield found Jesus. Before committing his life to Christ, he says Billboard magazine was his Bible; record charts, his God; and prestigious positions, his purpose. “The Holy Grail was a Grammy, and the best table at the Brown Derby, the Promised Land,” Mansfield says.

After his conversion, he realized how hollow the way of the Beatles had been compared to the way of Christ. “They [the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] are the authors of the map I needed for my journey,” he wrote. “I needed a chart, a journal with clear directions, a log to refer to—a guidebook wherein their commands could speak to my wandering spirit. I needed a book so powerful that its very words could burn a living message into the absolute heart of my heart. I needed the irrefutable, holy Word of God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of the very seas I was lost upon!”

—Ken Mansfield, The Beatles, the Bible, and Bodega Bay (Broadman & Holman, 2000)

—Chrysostom
Hebrews 13:15–16 NIV
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Ken Mansfield, the United States manager for Apple Records (the Beatles’ label), tells about his wonderful times with the Beatles before they broke up. Things went downhill after that until, in the mid-1980s, he hit bottom.
Through a woman with whom he fell in love, Mansfield found Jesus. Before committing his life to Christ, he says Billboard magazine was his Bible; record charts, his God; and prestigious positions, his purpose. “The Holy Grail was a Grammy, and the best table at the Brown Derby, the Promised Land,” Mansfield says.
After his conversion, he realized how hollow the way of the Beatles had been compared to the way of Christ. “They [the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] are the authors of the map I needed for my journey,” he wrote. “I needed a chart, a journal with clear directions, a log to refer to—a guidebook wherein their commands could speak to my wandering spirit. I needed a book so powerful that its very words could burn a living message into the absolute heart of my heart. I needed the irrefutable, holy Word of God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of the very seas I was lost upon!” —Ken Mansfield, The Beatles, the Bible, and Bodega Bay (Broadman & Holman, 2000)
—Ken Mansfield, The Beatles, the Bible, and Bodega Bay (Broadman & Holman, 2000)
Romans 6:13 NIV
Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.
Romans 6:13
1001 Illustrations that Connect Illustration 699: Finding the Exits

Tree-skiing may sound like a death wish, but some skiers love the risk of skiing virgin powder through a stand of aspen or spruce. The key, of course, is not hitting the trees. And that can be tricky.

Even more so than in deep snow or moguls, what you focus your eyes on becomes critical in the woods. Look at the spaces between the trees—the exits where you hope to be traveling.

Or, in the words of extreme skiing world champion Kim Reichelm: “Don’t stare at what you don’t want to hit.”

—Tim Etchells, “The Trees: Lovely, Dark, and Deep,” Outside (November 1999)

1001 Illustrations that Connect Illustration 699: Finding the Exits

Tree-skiing may sound like a death wish, but some skiers love the risk of skiing virgin powder through a stand of aspen or spruce. The key, of course, is not hitting the trees. And that can be tricky.

Even more so than in deep snow or moguls, what you focus your eyes on becomes critical in the woods. Look at the spaces between the trees—the exits where you hope to be traveling.

Or, in the words of extreme skiing world champion Kim Reichelm: “Don’t stare at what you don’t want to hit.”

Tree-skiing may sound like a death wish, but some skiers love the risk of skiing virgin powder through a stand of aspen or spruce. The key, of course, is not hitting the trees. And that can be tricky.
1001 Illustrations that Connect Illustration 699: Finding the Exits

Even more so than in deep snow or moguls, what you focus your eyes on becomes critical in the woods. Look at the spaces between the trees—the exits where you hope to be traveling.

Or, in the words of extreme skiing world champion Kim Reichelm: “Don’t stare at what you don’t want to hit.”

Even more so than in deep snow or moguls, what you focus your eyes on becomes critical in the woods. Look at the spaces between the trees—the exits where you hope to be traveling. Or, in the words of extreme skiing world champion Kim Reichelm: “Don’t stare at what you don’t want to hit.”
Or, in the words of extreme skiing world champion Kim Reichelm: “Don’t stare at what you don’t want to hit.”
Conform to the world and lose your mind, renew your mind and transform the world
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