Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ 1 Cor 11:1
Romans is a 16 chapter letter sent to a group of Christians who were living in Rome around AD 57. It was written by a guy called Paul who used to be someone who hated Jesus and hated Christians. He did not believe that Jesus was the son of God. He thought Jesus was a fraud and that Jesus’ followers were deluded and dangerous.
Until, that is, he had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ - which changed everything! Despite all of his previous skepticism, cynicism and criticism he came to the realization – or perhaps we should say the ‘revelation’ – that Jesus was indeed who he said he was. Jesus Christ is the Son of God who broke in to human history to show us what God is really like, to suffer and die on the cross for us, and yet rose again and today offers…
Paul came to this revelation – this life changing truth. And that’s actually what he spends the first 11 chapters of Romans speaking about. He answers the question “What should I believe about Jesus?”
But then in the chapters 12 to 16 Paul answers the question “How do we behave in light of what I believe about Jesus?”– and Romans chapter 12 is a pivotal chapter. So why not sign up to living a R12 life as you seek to be a follower of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit?
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"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you..."
"...be a living and holy sacrifice - the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him."
"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world..."
"But let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think."
"...Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect..."
"For by the grace given me..."
"I give each of you this warning: Don't think you are better than you really are."
"...measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us."
"Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ's body..."
"We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other."
"In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well."
"So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you..."
"If your gift is serving others, serve them well."
"If you are a teacher, teach well."
"If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging."
"If your gift is giving, give generously"
"If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously."
"...And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly."
"Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. "
"Hate what is wrong..."
"Hold tightly to what is good."
"Love each other with genuine affection"
"Take delight in honouring each other. "
"Never be lazy, but work hard"
"...and serve the Lord enthusiastically."
"Rejoice in our confident hope."
"Be patient in trouble..."
"...and keep on praying."
"When God's people are in need, be ready to help them."
"Always be eager to practice hospitality."
"Bless those who persecute you. Don't curse them; pray that God will bless them."
Be happy with those who are happy..."
"...and weep with those who weep."
"Live in harmony with each other."
"Don't be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people."
"And don't think you know it all!"
"Never pay back evil with more evil."
"Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable."
“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
"Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God."
If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
The last in the series looking at this incredible passage of scripture.