How does God change my thinking?
Does being a Christian mean I turn off my brain?
How are we to think like Christ?
What part does our mind—our thoughts, attitudes, and feelings—have to do with living out our faith? Why are critical-thinking skills important for teens to develop? And what does the term the Christian mind mean?
Before we answer those questions, we need to answer this one: What does it take to form a biblical worldview? The So What? series includes two studies that help teens begin to develop a biblical worldview.
The first, Identity & Purpose, is foundational. It digs into Genesis 1–3 to lay the groundwork for a Christian’s view of God, man, sin, and redemption. We recommend using this study before The Christian Mind.
The second, The Christian Mind, revolves around “taking every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5) and being “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2). This is not an apologetics or philosophy course. Students will study what the Bible says about our mind and actually use their minds to think, meditate on, question, and apply God’s Word—and grasp how its message is opposite to much of what they hear, read, and see in the culture today.
Sessions in this Study
UNIT 1: What is the Christian Mind? (3 weeks)
Q. What in the world are you thinking?
A. I see the world and life in one of two ways, which affects how I think and act.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:1–5; Romans 12:1–2
Q. Who in the world is in charge?
A. Christ is in charge and rules over all the world—including me!
Scripture: Colossians 1:1–23
Q. How in the world do we fit?
A. Jesus prayed for believers to be in the world but not of it.
Scripture: John 17
UNIT 2: How do we develop a Christian mind? (3 weeks)
Q. How are we to think like Christ?
A. We are to think sacrificially and humbly.
Scripture: Philippians 2:1–11; 3:1–21; 4:4–8
Q. How in the world do we prepare our minds?
A. We read, study, listen to, and think about truths in God’s Word to be ready to face all kinds of situations.
Scripture: 1 Peter 1
Q. How in the world do we stay on track?
A. By following good teaching, being content with what we have, and using material possessions properly.
Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:2b–21
UNIT 3: How do we love God with all our mind? (4 weeks)
Q. Does being a Christian mean I turn off my brain?
A. No, Jesus commands me to love God with all my mind.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4–9; Matthew 22:34–40; Mark 12:28–34
Q. How does God change my thinking?
A. God renews my mind through his Word and helps me think and act like Christ—in ways that please him.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:17–5:7
Q. Do we have to test everything?
A. Yes, because God’s Word instructs us about what is good and warns us about what is evil.
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:12–24
Q. How can I become wise and persevere in life?
A. I should think about and respond to my trials, temptations, and place in life from God’s point of view.
Scripture: James 1
UNIT 4: How do we relate to the world? (3 weeks)
Q. What do the Beatitudes have to do with the Christian mind?
A. The Beatitudes describe the attitudes, values, thinking, and priorities of the citizens of the kingdom of heaven.
Scripture: Matthew 5:1–12
Q. How are Christians like salt and light?
A. Believers are to influence the world for good, be a restraining effect on sin in society, and point others to Christ.
Scripture: Matthew 5:13–48
Q. What is the Christian mind?
A. It is a way of thinking that delights in Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, and meditates on God’s Word more and more.
Scripture: Psalm 1; Hebrews 12:1–3