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Summary: Why we must not be conformed to this world.

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Avoid Becoming a Camouflaged Christian

Scr. Ref: Rom. 12:1-2

1 I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Paul is speaking to Christians - “brethren”

∙ He was instructing them not to follow after the pattern of Israel

∙ Not driving out all of the inhabitants of the land

∙ Warfare with the nations

∙ Weddings with the nations

∙ Worship with the nations - false gods

∙ Instead of Israel changing the world - the world changed Israel

∙ They became conformed.

suschematizo { soos-khay-mat-id’-zo}

AV - conform to 1, fashion (one’s) self according to 1; 2

∙ to conform or fashion one’s self, one’s mind, one’s character to another’s pattern

That definition brings to mind the word Camouflaged

Illus. Camouflage Clothing

Lake County - Camo is a “right of passage” Camo Day!

∙ The purpose is “to not be seen” - to go unnoticed

∙ To “blend in” to the surroundings

∙ To not “draw attention” to ourselves

∙ It’s an advantage for the military and for sportsmen, but it’s disastrous for Christianity

Mt. 5:14-16 14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

How do we avoid becoming a Camouflaged Christian?

How do we keep from “blending in” with the world?

There Must Be:

I. A Difference in our Logic

because we have A Different MIND

∙ We have a different mind set than the world

∙ Our views are different that the world’s views

∙ My thoughts are not your thoughts, your ways not My ways

A. We Must Have a Compassionate Mind

Phil. 2:4-8 KJV 4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

∙ We should be more concerned about the needs of others than our own needs

∙ The mind-set of the world is me, myself, & I

B. We Must Have a Consecrated Mind [set apart; dedicated] Colossians 3:1-5 NKJV

1If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

If we are dead to the flesh why should we seek to fulfill fleshly desire?


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Kenneth Tankersley

commented on Nov 6, 2006

EXCELLENT SERMON. GREAT COMPOSITION. I HOPE YOU DON'T MIND IF I USE IT, IT HAS THE "MIND-SET" OF THE TYPE OF SERMONS THAT I LIKE TO USE. REVKEN5512@NETZERO.NET

Paul Holifield

commented on Jul 20, 2007

This is a well composed sermon with a good balance that should be appreciated by the listeners. I wish I could have heard it preached!

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