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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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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