Romans 12 - part 3
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I. A Renewed Mind is Necessary for Sacrificial Service and Experiencing the Perfect Will of God.
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living/ongoing sacrifice,
Caterpillar Christians are not much different from they way they were, nor from other worldilings (no metamorphosis). They inch along on their own power (rather than riding breezes), blending in (rather than attractively reflecting God's glorious creativity), never rising above the circumstances, eating weeds (rather than sipping nectar), not reproducing. [robot not reprogrammed]
A Conformed Mind is bound by old identities and what others think (rather than free to be what God wants them to be), selfishly views itself as the center of the universe, lives for immediate gratification of senses (no spiritual insight nor eternal objectives), consumes vs invests.
A Transformed Mind, renewed by the Truth, is very conscious that this world is not all there is; that a new world is coming in which God rewards righteousness, service, and love; that independence is the essence of sin, and dependence is the essence of delight; makes disciples.
II. A Renewed Mind Has a Proper View of Oneself in Relationship to the Body
(new identity, focus, and purpose)
III. A Renewed Mind Serves with Grace by Faith to accomplish God's purposes in building up the Body.
6 Having then grace-things differing according to the grace that is given to us (1Cor 12:11), let us use them: (saved sinner or serving saint)
IV. A Renewed Mind Loves Purely
(sanctifies & sacrifices oneself to do what is in another's highest interest -other-centered)
Love: 9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
Service/Ministry: 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; (cf 12:1; Mt 25:40 done to me; Jn 21:17 feed sheep)
12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute/harass you; bless and do not curse. Col 3:13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do. Mt 6:15 if you do not forgive...neither will your Father
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. (other-centered emotions)
Unity: 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. 1Cor 1:10 I plead with you, by the name of our Lord that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion/estimation.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
Purity: 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. 20 Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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