The Three Basic Sources of Shaping Influence

Shaping Influence

To shape is to give definite form, organization, or character to; to fashion, adjust, or adapt.

In the most basic of terms, there are three sources of shaping influence.

EXTERNAL: World-Shaped

  • The mindset: “I am willing to be shaped by the philosophies, practices, and priorities of this world.”
  • The problem: All that is in the world is not from the Father (1 John 2:15-17).

INTERNAL: Self-Shaped

  • The mindset: “What I want, when I want it, in the way that I want it.”
  • The problem: Lovers of self cannot be lovers of God (2 Tim 3:1-5).

ETERNAL: God-Shaped

  • The mindset: “Guide me, direct me, lead me, mold me, use me, guard me, help me stand.”
  • The blessing: We become a part of his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works (Eph 2:1-10).

By which source of influence will you be most definitively shaped this week?

This sermon was delivered on December 21, 2014.

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