Grace comes through faith...
Romans 1:5 Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.
Romans 5:2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
Faith comes from belief, belief is formed in our thinking--our decisions about truth, and our actions stem from those beliefs. We first choose or become convinced what to believe and that belief will affect our choices for our outward activity.
If we believe God's love will improve us through and through than we will be more likely to increase in it. If we do not understand it or think it to be unattractive than we will not seek it. Therefore, the first priority is to increase our understanding about God's love in order to make an informed choice about the matter. The only way to increase our understanding about God's love is to put it into practice and see what happens. And while putting it into practice it helps to understand reasoning against putting it into practice because such reasoning is based on deception. What damage could possibly occur in love? Fear, insecurities, anger, and shame may surface while seeking to experience love with other people. Such inward negativity affects all of us at different levels. The severity can be modified in time and effort through proper channels and perseverance with Godly principles.
Submit to God, obey God, and be changed by God.
Learn about the learning process
Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
God gave us brains. Let's see how they work and use them to serve God better.
Training 1: Constructionism, Schema, disequilibrium, assimilation, and accommodation
Hand out references of biblical scripture on mind, thought, think, remind, etc.
See – Biblical Mindfulness/Education & Thinking
Read the description of constructionism. Engage for questions and a description from the group what it means in their words.
Examples of Schema development:
Things: A child sees a dog for the first time, but does not know it’s a dog, in fact, has no idea what it is, but is told, “dog.” After a number of repetitions the child says dog and receives all kinds of positive reinforcement because that encourages attention and learning. So now the child will say dog to anything which has similar features to the dog. Then the child comes upon a cat and says dog. The child is told no when the child was expecting an applause. The child wanted to assimilate this new creature into the ‘dog’ schema, but this idea was not accepted by others. Now the child is in disequilibrium and needs to figure out how to get this right. The child has no idea how to make it right. The child needs some coaching and an introduction to new information. “Cat.” After a few repetitions the child says, “cat,” gets a feel good response and learns to differentiate between cat and dog. The child has created a new schema for ‘cat.’
Another scenario could appear. The child may believe that the coach/parent is wrong through a lack of trust for whatever reason. The child may continue to say “dog” while the parent says “cat.” The child may believe so strongly and become unwilling to accept the new information without some explanation, to be convinced. The parent/coach/teacher may need to provide some evidence holding up pictures and pointing out the differences.
Schemas can be open for change or closed: Formed & fixed, formed but flexible, unformed & uninterested, unformed & interested with each one also having a variance within it.
Christianity: A new Christian comes to church for the first time. Most likely there is some schema already created with some vague sense of Christianity. (People are exposed to Christianity through friends, music, movies, and various other forms of media. People generally are quick to judge and categorize.) So this new Christian attends a church and begins to develop new information assimilating and accommodating as they see fit: Bible, worship, prayer, tithing, message, community, refreshments, parking, and the people; friendly, honest, sincere, rude, selfish, dishonest, or uncaring. The person might be assessing whether to come back or not. They will leave with some new accommodation to their belief about the church since it was their first experience. There are literally a million varieties which can occur, but the point is to understand the process of how schemas get developed.
Development of Godly character:
If you are person four or would like to be, begin reading www.inwardauthority.com, follow the instructions, and ask questions regularly.
Schema development with Inward Authority.