by Jeff Strite

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We Don't Deserve and So We Serve (4 of 4)
Series: Making The Church Go
Jeff Strite
Romans 12:1-16

OPEN: A Sunday School teacher was teaching her children the benefits of unselfishness. She concluded by saying' ''The reason you are in this world, children, is to help others.''
After a moment's silence, a little girl piped up
''Well, then, what are the OTHERS here for?''

As I studied Romans 12 this week, it occurred to me that this chapter tells us how to worship. Verse 1 says: ''Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual ACT OF WORSHIP.''

APPLY: Over the past three weeks, we've talked about the roles of

- Preachers
- Elders
- And Deacons

These are the primary leaders in worship
They are the pace setters.

- The Preachers preach/teach/protect
- The Elders - pastor/guard/protect
- The Deacons - serve in various ministries for the church

So a person might be excused for asking ''If these men do all that in church (pause) what are the rest of us here for?'' When leaders like these do their job right, others in the congregation might think to themselves
''I'm not sure I can do things as well as they can. So, maybe I'll just sit here and worship quietly. I'll just 'stay out of the way.'''

That kind of thinking betrays a worldly mindset about worship.
You notice what Paul says in verse 2
''Do not conform any longer to the PATTERN OF THIS WORLD, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.'' Romans 12:2

If you worship like worldly people do…you'll have a hard time understanding God's Will for your life.

So, how does worship become patterned after the World?
The worldly way of worship often uses terms like ''Clergy and Laity'' and the thinking goes along this pattern:
- There's a clergy - who do all the ministry in the c ...

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