ROMANS 12

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Romans 12:1-2

LIVING IT!

 

It's one thing to profess that you are a Christian.

It's quite another thing to live like you a Christian.

The true Christian needs to live out his faith. A good place to start living out one's faith is Romans 12:1-2 - " 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. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

 

REQUEST - "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,"

 

REQUIREMENT - "...that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."

 

REFORMATION - "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,"

 

REASON - "... that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

 

 

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GETTING THE MOST OUT OF THE LOCAL CHURCH

Romans 12:3-8 (A COMPLETE SUNDAY SCHOOL OR BIBLE STUDY LESSON)

 

·       What are some of the things you want from this church?

·       What are some of the things that other people want from this church or other local churches?

·       Why might the title of this study be disturbing to some?

·       Does God want you to get the most out of church? Why? How?

·       React to this statement: “In order to receive you must give.”

 

For us to get the most out of our bodies every part of the body must be functioning properly.  In order for us to get the most out of the local church, each participant must be functioning properly. In Romans 12:3-8 we find three principles, which when followed by the whole church, will guarantee that each of us will get the most out of the local church.

BACKGROUND – Vss. 1-2

 

·       What will church be like when each person acts like a living sacrifice?

·       How will each Christian having a “renewed” mind affect a local congregation?

·       How will proving what is “…that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God” effect the community in which a church resides?

·       When each Christian in the local congregation is following Romans 12:1-2, putting verses 3-8 into practice will be much easier.

THE PRINCIPLE OF INTROSPECTION – Vs. 3

 

·       Paul appeals to the church based on the “grace” that was given to him. This grace made him an Apostle in the local church. See Romans 1:1-5, 1 Timothy 1:12-14

·       Paul is setting the example of a humble evaluation of one’s gifts.

·       When it comes to one’s gifts and abilities why do many people over evaluate them?

·       How is this over evaluation of gifts a problem in the local church?

·       How is the under evaluation of one’s gifts also a problem? 

·       Why do Christians often tend not to use their gifts or even try to find out what they are?

·       How do you handle a person who thinks he’s more gifted than he is?

·       How do you handle a person who claims not to have gifts?

·       How do you handle a person who doesn’t want to use their gifts?

·       What does it mean to “think soberly” about our gifts?

·       What part does faith have in the evaluation of our gifts?

THE PRINCIPLE OF INTEGRATION – Vss. 4-5

 

·       How is your eye different from you knee, or your nose different from your hand?

·       How are your thumb, ears, and brain integrated into your body?

·       What happens when part of your body is not doing its job?

·       It is ridiculous to think of every member of our body as having the same function.  It is equally ridiculous to think of each member of Christ’s body as having the same function.

·       Just as our body is integrated with each part working together to compliment the other, so the church is integrated with each person’s giftedness designed to contribute to the well being of the church.

·       What happens when a member of the church is not doing their job?

·       Each person needs to discover what his or her gifts are and integrate them into Christ’s body, the church.

·       How does one discover his or her gifts?

THE PRINCIPLE OF INITIATION – Vss. 6-8

 

·       Paul wants us to initiate or start the use of our gifts and then to keep on using them.

·       Every spiritual gift given to a Christian is a result of God’s sovereign grace.  God has given each of us at least one spiritual gift which we do not deserve.  Because they come out of His grace, He has chosen our gifts for us.

·       We should not complain or pout if we seem to be less gifted than others.  He has uniquely gifted each of us to be integrated into His body.  We are only responsible for the gifts we have.  With more gifts comes more responsibility.  Luke 12:48

·       Paul now gives a list of seven gifts.  These are not all the spiritual gifts mentioned in the Scriptures, but they are a good place to begin in evaluating what our gifts are.

·       Prophesy – Is speaking for God.  Today it is the preaching of God’s Word.  Old and New Testament prophets proclaimed boldly their message from God.  The preacher today is to do the same. 2 Timothy 4:2

·       Ministry (Service) – What are some of the wide variety of gifts that fall under the gift of “service”?

·       Teaching – What are some of the different styles of teaching?  Why are teachers of the word vital? Why should the pastor have some ability in teaching? What qualities does a good teacher have?

·       Exhortation – An exhorter is an encourager.  He is one who, like the Holy Spirit who empowers him, “comes alongside to help”.  What makes a person a good encourager?

·       Giving – Everyone is to give (2 Corinthians 9:7), but there are some who are gifted in this area.  They are to give with “simplicity”, or simply. They are not to make a show about their giving.  Some translations say that the giver is to give generously. This too, is true.

·       Ruling – When a person has the gift of ruling, he is able to provide leadership.  Not all leaders in the church are members of the church board.  Many ministries need those who will lead.  If God has gifted you as a leader you are to be diligent in the job you have been given.

·       Mercy – What is involved in showing mercy?  Why is cheerfulness an important ingredient?

·       You might have noticed that each of these “gifts” are qualities that should be parts in some degree to every Christian’s life. (For instance, we all should give and show mercy.)  While we should use all of these qualities at one time or another, the person who is gifted in a particular area should develop his or her gift.

 

 

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USING WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU

 

We have all been given gifts down through the years.  Some of these gifts were practical and others not so practical.  Some have been helpful and others not so helpful.

No gift is really practical or helpful however unless we start to use it.

 

God has given each Christian at least one Spiritual gift (1 Corinthians 12:4-7, Ephesians 4:7-12).  These gifts, no matter how great they are, are worthless unless we use what God has given us.

 

REFLECT - Vs. 3

Each one should give a sober, honest evaluation of his gifts.  He should not in pride, fool himself into thinking that God has given more than He has.  However, if a man is sober and honest, he will not deny or ignore what gifts God has given us.

 

REMEMBER - Vss. 4-5

We need to remember that we are all members of one body, the body of Christ.

We also need to remember that God has given us different positions and gifts within that body.

And we need to remember that we are members with each other.  We are a team, and each one has his specific place to fill.

 

RESPOND - Vss. 6-8

We must respond by understanding what the gifts are that God has given us.

Then, we are to respond by using these gifts by faith.

(Of course, in preaching this sermon, you will want to explain each of the gifts listed in this passage.)

 

 

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Romans 12:14-18

PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY

 

BE GRACIOUS - Vs. 14 - "Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not."

 

BE SENSITIVE - Vs. 15 - "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep."

 

BE AGREEABLE - Vs. 16 - "Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits."

 

BE KIND - Vs. 17 - "Recompense to no man evil for evil."

 

BE HONEST - Vs. 17 - "Provide things honest in the sight of all men."

 

BE PEACEFUL - "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."

 

 

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Romans 12:17-21

GETTING EVEN

 

As Christian in our behavior as we want to be, we still will face times when we want to take matters into our own hands and "get even" with someone who has hurt us.  Romans 12:17-21 reminds us that we should let God take vengeance as He likes.  Our responsibility is kind behavior.

 

PRINCIPLE FOR PEACE - Vss. 17-18

PROMISE OF VENGEANCE - Vs. 19

PROCEDURE TO FOLLOW - Vss. 20-21

 

 

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Romans 12:9-13

LOVE IS

 

These verses show us some of the ways we show the love we have for our Lord and for fellow Christians.

 

LOVE IS PURE - Vs. 9 - Love hates evil and clings to the good.

LOVE IS PREFERENTIAL - Vs. 10 - Christians are to love all, even there enemies.  But we are to have a special love for our brothers and sisters in Christ.  They should be our nearest and dearest friends.

 

LOVE IS PRODUCTIVE - Vss. 11-12 - These expressions of love are very positive.  Some of these we express towards God, and others towards man.

 

LOVE IS PRACTICAL - Vs. 13 - Love expresses itself through meeting the needs of those who are hurting, and showing hospitality.

 

 

 

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