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  • Dwight Carr, Music Minister

Follow The Manual

Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech ye therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”

God has given each of us our own personality, intellect, and will. But there is one thing that is common to all Christians, and we find that in these verses where Paul admonishes each of us to live our lives in total surrender to the will of God. In order to obey this command, we must continually renew our minds by reading, studying and hearing the Word of God.

Now most people agree, whether they are Christians or not, that we are living in a post-Christian era. That doesn’t mean that the Church is dead, or that Christianity is dead. What it means is that the influence that Biblical Christianity once had on our nation and our culture has diminished to a point where it wouldn’t be recognized by Christians 100 – 200 years ago. And that includes morality, education, social action, and maybe, most importantly, parenting.

Basically, what’s happened is that secular humanistic reasoning has taken the place of Biblical truth when it comes to setting the parameters for the home and family. By contrast, a Christian should be one who sees the home, and marriage, and parenting as framed within the parameters of God’s infallible and authoritative Word (The Bible). And the truth of God’s Word should not only shape our beliefs and practices in all areas of life, but they are absolutes that guide us through life. And so, our opinions and beliefs are only legitimately Christian to the degree that they line up with God’s Word. The problem is that today, our minds have been darkened by secularism and sin, and a lot of folks can’t tell if something is Biblical or secular at all.

I heard someone say this week that when you give a cell phone to a 9–10-year-old child that the cell phone will shape their beliefs and character much more than two hours in Sunday School and church each week. I believe that this is true also for many adults.

So, let’s pledge together that we are going to read and study God’s word, that we will meet together each and every week to hear His Word proclaimed. God’s Word is our instructional manual for living. Let’s know it!

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