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THE REFORMED MIND

Samuel A CainSet your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:2 ESV)

“Screw the truth into men’s minds.” (Richard Baxter)

After salvation and the pursuit of holiness, the great need of Christians is to grow in their understanding of the faith and to become competent in rationally sharing, explaining and defending it. Reformed Christianity provides a sound and organized framework of consistent doctrinal beliefs and practices (such as the Westminster Confession of Faith, etc.) which, I believe, represents accurately the Word of God found in the Scriptures.

Such men as Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, Richard Baxter, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, Charles Spurgeon, B.B. Warfield, Charles Hodge, A.W. Pink, James Montgomery Boice, R. C. Sproul, James Kennedy, and Dr. D.A. Carson are just a representative few in a long line of reformed thinkers, ministers, and teachers who have shared the Truth of the Bible through their ministries. The Reformed church has traditionally remained true (although there are many exceptions in our time) to the admonition of the Apostle Paul:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)

The reformed Christian understands that he is to live to God’s glory. Reformed thinking reorients the Christian’s mind to The Christian Minda God-centered worldview. Our very existence is according to God’s purpose and plan. God is glorified by our enjoying Him everlastingly. God is most exalted by us when we are contented in Him.

The early reformers placed a good deal of emphasis on developing a system of education which would focus on the growth of the Reformed mind. They saw this as leading to the knowledge of Reformed doctrines, right worship, and a Christian worldview. It opens believers to all of God’s creation and induces them to live enthusiastically to the glory of God. The Reformed mind finds beauty in the doctrines of Grace, because God has made us alive through the gift of faith by His grace. The Reformed Christian mind comprehends that God is the author of salvation from beginning to end. Are you not concerned that the major influences in our culture today are non-Christian? There is a huge need for mature Reformed minds to lead us in cultural and spiritual transformation. Will you accept the challenge?

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV)

 

 

 

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  2. […] The reformed Christian understands that he is to live to God’s glory. Reformed thinking reorients the Christian’s mind to a God-centered worldview. Our very existence is according to God’s purpose and plan. God is glorified by our enjoying Him everlastingly. God is most exalted by us when we are contented in Him. ~ Samuel A. Cain, Samuel at Gilgal […]

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