01 January 1970

YAG 10th Retreat: Session 4

YAG 10th Retreat: Session 4

Rev. Dr Charles Tan
10th Retreat: A Living Sacrifice

Message Notes

Saturday, 17 October 2009
Time: 2.00pm
Theme: “A Living Sacrifice”


1. The world also employs “Reason”

2. The philosophy of the world

a) Secular versus “sacred”

b) Man-centered versus God centered (champions “man”)

c) Denies God and His word (absolutes)

d) Promotes self/ego

3. Rejection of secular reasoning with reference to our Faith in Christ

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2

a) The world is set in opposition to the perfect will of God

b) The world in Jesus’ perspective

i) The world does not know Jesus           John 1:10

ii) The world hates Jesus           John 15:18

iii) The world will hate believers in Christ           John 15:18; 17:14

iv) Believers are not of the world           John 17:16

c) The world in John’s perspective

i) Do not love the world           1 John 2:15a

ii) Do not love the things of the world            1 John 2:15b

iii) The love of the world will exclude the love of the Father           1 John 2:15c

iv) All that represents the world- is not of the Father           1 John 2:16

v) The world is only ephemeral and passes away           1 John 2:17

vi) The world is in the sway of the devil           1 John 5:19

d) The world in Paul’s perspective

i) The course of the world is influenced by the Evil One           Ephesians 2:2a

ii) The way of the world promotes disobedience           Ephesians 2:2c

iii) The way of the world threatens Biblical Theology           Colossians 2:8

iv) The wisdom of the world threatens the message of the Cross           1 Corinthians 1:18-31

e) Reinforcing Rejection of a worldly system

i) Be transformed           Romans 12:2b

ii) Renewing of the mind           Romans 12:2c

iii) Proving that the will of God is good, acceptable and perfect           Romans 12:d