26 May 19
CALLED TO NEW LIFE IN CHRIST/SET APART TO SERVE
ROMANS 12: 1-8
Memory Verse: “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12: 1)
GUIDING PRINCIPLE: Emphasizing “me-only or me-first, cause conflict. The Apostle Paul encourages us to see ourselves as individual members working together will all others.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED:
Proverbs 3: 1-12; 1 Corinthians 13; Luke 6: 27-36; Psalm 34: 1-14; Romans 12: 9-21.
- To realize that we are all part of the body and must sacrifice.
- To appreciate using our gifts responsibly.
- To use our gifts and abilities in our commitment to the body of Christ.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Beseech—exhort, appeal, plead, beg, urge
Conform—fashion oneself according to.
Gift—the divinely conferred power.
Members—a limb of part of the human body.
Sacrifice—what one offers, victim.
Transformed—changed from within into another form.
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
What should believer do with what they understand theologically?
How is the fate of believers different from non-believers?
In what sense is Jesus the firstborn and the redeemer?
What are some the practical things you do that show your relationship to Christ?
THE SEED CALLED TO NEW LIFE IN CHRIST/SET APART TO SERVE
Romans 12: 1-8)
- Practical Christian Living (Romans 12: 1)
- Establish a wholly consecrated relationship with God.
- God’s mercies make our sanctification and justification possible.
- Our part is to be available as a living sacrifice to God.
- God accepts what we give as a reasonable service.
- Renewing of the Mind (Romans 12: 2)
- God does not want conforming to this world.
- He offers us transformation—change from within.
- Renewal starts with the mind and fits the will of God.
- Grace for the Christian Community (Romans 12: 3)
- Grace is what makes us part of God’s community.
- This is spiritual change not fleshly.
- Each of us can be what God wants us to be, different.
- The Church as One Body with Many Members (Romans 12: 4-5)
- Each of us is a member of the body of Christ.
- We differ from each other..
- We work together for good.
- The Gifts of Grace In Community (Romans 12: 6-8)
- God grace is given to us.
- God grace determines our ministry.
- We are to do the best we can with what we are give.
- Diligence from us works with Gods mercy to achieve cheerfulness.
Because of what God has done for us, we ought to consecrate ourselves to Him. Christian doctrine is taught that we might know it and practice it.
PLANTING THE SEED
On what bases does God expect anything of us?
What do we have that will be pleasing to God?
How is conformation and transformation different?
Which one will be most pleasing to God?
How are we to think of ourselves spiritually?
Is faith given to all of us the same?
What does membership in the body mean and require?
How is one member related to another member?
Which ministry should you carry out?
How should you function in your ministry?
From where does cheerfulness come?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED
Accept the mercies that God extend to you.
Offer yourself to God at least.
Transformation begins with the mind’s renewal.
With grace, we become the instrument God wants to use.
Each of us has a role to play, none more than the other.
The body functions best when each part does its part.
We are each different from the other.
Being faithful in our own place brings cheerfulness.
God has called us to do something new and fresh.