The Christian Mind
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. Hebrews 5.12
The Christian Mind
Harry Blamires (1916-)
“We have argued that to-day there is no public pool of discourse fed by Christianly committed thought on the world we live in…[This] deficiency has its effect on the private life of the Christian. Along with other factors in the contemporary situation…it has helped to produce the incommunicative congregation characteristic of ‘fashionable’ middle-class parishes especially. If Christians cannot communicate as thinking beings, they are reduced to encountering one another only at the shallow level of gossip and small talk.”
“What we have here is a failure to communicate,” as Cool Hand Luke put it, just before he died. Hopefully, before our churches die, we’ll recover our ability to communicate the Good News of Jesus in terms that are clear, meaningful, and persuasive, and that show the application of the mind of Christ in all its beauty, breadth, and wisdom to all aspects of human life. If we can’t think like Christians, we’re not likely to talk like Christians, either. We have left off the work of evangelism and seek instead to woo “seekers” to our churches, where we can talk to them in our language about their needs. It’s not working. If we want the Lord’s people to proclaim the Gospel boldly in their Personal Mission Fields, we’ll have to teach and encourage them to begin thinking with the mind of Christ about their callings to the Kingdom and glory of God (1 Thess. 2.12). The sooner we get started on this, the better.
What are you doing to help the people you serve identify and work their Personal Mission Fields?
Recovering Christian communication
Introduction to Christian Worldview
Our course, One in Twelve: Introduction to Christian Worldview, uses twelve diagrams to provide a comprehensive framework for thinking and living Christianly in the world. It’s free, online, and available for you to study by yourself or with your leadership team, at your own pace and on your own schedule. For more information and to register, click here.
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All quotations from The Christian Mind are from Harry Blamires, The Christian Mind (Ann Arbor: Servant Books, 1963, 1978).