Paul's Lessons On Life (14 of 19) by Daniel Rodgers
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Series: The Book of Romans
Sunday, October 18, 2009
TEXT: Romans 12:1-21
INTRODUCTION: In our study this evening, we will look at chapter twelve, and what I consider to be Paul's lesson book on life. In this chapter, he lays out a value system and a set of commandments, if followed will cause the Christian to be all God wants him to be.
Let me give you our outline…
I. A CONSECRATED APPEAL (VV. 1, 2)
In vs. 1, Paul makes an appeal to the saints at Rome:
"I beseech you, therefore, brethren by the mercies of God…." The word beseech is a Greek word, parakaleo, meaning, to "call near, i.e. invite, invoke or implore."1
He is beseeching them based on the mercies of God. In other words, because God has been so merciful to us, we ought to be willing to do the following:
A. Be a Living Sacrifice (vs. 1)
1. God never asked us to die for Him, though
many have. God is asking us to live for Him, and to do it in a sacrificial manner. And note: it is our "reasonable service." In other words, it's not too much to ask that we would be willing to make sacrifices for him. The truth is; many Christians do not understand this matter of Christian sacrifice. Unfortunately, it's usually "me first" and God last. Stop and ask yourself a question: when was the last time you sacrificed something for God? Was it when you had decided to do something for yourself, but instead, changed your mind and sacrificed your will for His? Was it when God asked you to give-of your time or your money…you knew it would cost you, but you did it anyway? The word sacrifice means "to die" or "to put to death." Isn't that what Paul said? In Galatians 2:20, he said, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."
B. Have a Renewed Mind (vs. 2)
1. We ...
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