Chapter # 12 Paragraph # 1 Study # 4
January 26, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<562> Thesis: "Transformation" occurs by an actual "renewal" of the mind. Introduction: In our study last week we looked into Paul's summons to resist the conformation that occurs when men get locked into a "this age" mentality. The issue of "conformity", according to Paul's choice of words, is the issue of being moved into a "position" of "perspective" in which a segment of time replaces Eternity as the criterion for decision-making. Peter's use of the same term indicates that men will be directed by their "lusts" (strong desires) so that it is most vitally important that the core of those "lusts" be rooted in Eternity and not some truncated segment of Time. That, we saw, is the major idea of "conformity". This evening we are going to look into the antithesis to "being conformed to this age": transformation by mind-renewal. What does it mean and how is it done?