by Roger Thomas

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Romans 12 Series: The Christian's Job Description
Roger Thomas
Romans 11:33-12:21

Romans 12 outlines the Christian lifestyle. Make no mistake. The lifestyle is demanding! None of us are perfect. We all fail more often than we care to admit. But the standard is there first in the teachings of Jesus and then in the rest of the New Testament. Romans 12 is but one example. Did you catch some of the duties listed in the chapter?

"Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge." That's the job description for a Christian.

The Context: Chapter 12 is a major turning point in the Book of Romans. Like many of the New Testament books, Romans divides into two big sections—a section of teachings and then a section on application. Romans 1-11 focus on Christian beliefs. Chapter 12 starts the discussion of Christian behavior.

The chapter divides into six paragraphs in most Bibles. Verses 1-2 make the case for a distinctive Christian lifestyle. Verses 3-8 describe how Christians relate to one another in mutual service. Verses 9-13 talks about how Christians treat one another. Verses 14-16 turns to how to relate to people who are different than we are. The final section (17-21) focuses on our behavior toward our enemies or people who don't like us. The chapters that follow (13-16) elaborate on the basic principles introduced in chapter 12.

The opening verse sets the stage for all that follows. It emphasizes two dimensions of one big idea. Verse 1 gives the what and the why of the Christian life. Both are important. ...

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