by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 3: Thinking Clearly About the Church
Series: Thinking Clearly In A Messed Up World
Stuart Briscoe
Romans 12:4-8

Opinions differ concerning the church. Some see it as an irrelevant relic to be ignored; others regard it as a respectable institution to be tolerated; while some see it is a powerful enemy to be opposed. But the person with the "renewed mind" sees it is the "body of Christ." But what does that mean?

I. Thinking About the Body and Belonging. v. 5

A. The meaning of the body.
1. The body - an alternative community.
2. The body - a vehicle of the spirit.

B. The mutuality of belonging.
1. Belonging to Christ-"in Christ." See Romans 6:1 23
2. Belonging to each other. See Romans 14:13,19; 15:7,14; 16:16

II. Thinking About Grace and Gifts. v. 6a

A. The impact of grace.
1. We are "justified freely by His grace." 3:24
2. We are equipped fully by His grace.

B. The importance of gifts.


Part 4: Thinking Clearly About What's Good
Series: Thinking Clearly In A Messed Up World
Stuart Briscoe
Romans 12:9 13

Modern culture places great emphasis on "looking good" and "feeling good." Less concern is shown about "doing good" and "being good." In fact "do good ers" are often disliked and "being good" is sometimes dismissed as prudery. But Scripture says "Cling to what is good." But what is "the good" and how do we cling to it?

I. Clarifying "The Good."

A. Secular views.
1. It's all relative.
2. It's up to the individual.
3. It's what is best for the most people.

B. Scriptural view.
1. "Mere is none good but God." Mark 10:17-18
2. "God's will is - good, pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2
3. "What I do is not the good." Romans 7:19
4. "Overcome evil with good." Romans 12:21

II. Choosing "The Good."

A. A matter of discernment. Romans 16:19
B. A matter of desire. Romans 7:18
C. A matter of decision. Romans 12:9

III. Clinging to "The Good."

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