Learning to live a Romans 12 life

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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…

  • Forgiveness from God for our sins
  • Freedom in God from our struggles
  • A future with God from our suffering

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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one

Live Romans 12:1a ... What has God ever done for you?

"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you..."

two

Live Romans 12:1b ... Is Jesus really Number ONE in your life?

"...be a living and holy sacrifice - the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him."

three

Live Romans 12:2a ... Have you bought in to the lie about which road leads to happiness?

"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world..."

four

Live Romans 12:2B ... Our thinking shapes who we are and what we do.

"But let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think."

five

Live Romans 12:2C ... So how do you figure out God's will for your life?

"...Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect..."

six

Live Romans 12:3A ... So, What's so amazing about grace?

"For by the grace given me..."

seven

Live Romans 12:3b ... Who do you think you are?

"I give each of you this warning: Don't think you are better than you really are."

eight

Live Romans 12:3c ... How much faith do you have?

"...measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us."

nine

Live Romans 12:4-5a ... The people of God need you, but are you playing your unique role?

"Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ's body..."

ten

Live Romans 12:5b ... Ask not what your church can do for you. Ask what you can do for your church.

"We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other."

eleven

Live Romans 12:6a ... How can you figure out your God-given gifts and talents?

"In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well."

twelve

Live Romans 12:6b ... What's so special about prophecy?

"So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you..."

thirteen

Live Romans 12:7a ... Are you up for some feet-washing?

"If your gift is serving others, serve them well."

fourteen

Live Romans 12:7b ... Everyone remembers their favourite school teacher, right?

"If you are a teacher, teach well."

fifteen

Live Romans 12:8a ... Do you build people up, or blow people up?

"If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging."

sixteen

Live Romans 12:8B ... You can't out-give a giver!

"If your gift is giving, give generously"

seventeen

Live Romans 12:8c ... Are you leading, or just going for a walk?

"If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously."

eighteen

Live Romans 12:8d ... There's nothing random about kindness

"...And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly."

nineteen

Live Romans 12:9a ... Love without faking it!

"Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. "

twenty

Live Romans 12:9b ... The God who hates ...

"Hate what is wrong..."

twenty-one

Live Romans 12:9c ... Celebrate all that is good in the world

"Hold tightly to what is good."

twenty-two

Live Romans 12:10a ... Loving, and liking, fellow believers.

"Love each other with genuine affection"

twenty-three

Live Romans 12:10b ... How good are you at showing a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T.?

"Take delight in honouring each other. "

twenty-four

Live Romans 12:11a ... No Pain, No Gain!

"Never be lazy, but work hard"

twenty-five

Live Romans 12:11b ... Is your spiritual passion hot?

"...and serve the Lord enthusiastically."

twenty-six

Live Romans 12:12a ... Where's your hope?

"Rejoice in our confident hope."

twenty-seven

Live Romans 12:12b ... Playing the waiting game.

"Be patient in trouble..."

twenty-eight

Live Romans 12:12c ... Why is prayer so difficult?

"...and keep on praying."

twenty-nine

Live Romans 12:13a ... Are you ready to help?

"When God's people are in need, be ready to help them."

thirty

Live Romans 12:13b ... Entertained any angels recently?

"Always be eager to practice hospitality."

thirty-one

Live Romans 12:14 ... Dare you embrace persecution?

"Bless those who persecute you. Don't curse them; pray that God will bless them."

thirty-two

Live Romans 12:15a Why wouldn't you be happy for others?

Be happy with those who are happy..."

thirty-three

Live Romans 12:15b ... Shed a tear before you speak a word

"...and weep with those who weep."

thirty-four

Live Romans 12:16a ... Why can't we all just get along?

"Live in harmony with each other."

thirty-five

Live Romans 12:16b ... Making friends with nobodies!

"Don't be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people."

thirty-six

Live Romans 12:16b ... No-one likes a smarty-pants!

"And don't think you know it all!"

thirty-seven

Live Romans 12:17a ... It's payback time! Or maybe not...

"Never pay back evil with more evil."

thirty-eight

Live Romans 12:17b ... How brightly do you shine?

"Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable."

thirty-nine

Live Romans 12:18 ... Be a peace-maker

“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”

forty

Romans 12:19 ... The cold dish of revenge tastes REALLY bad!

"Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God."

forty-one

Live Romans 12:20a ... Treat Your Enemies Well

If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.

forty-two

Live Romans 12:21 ... You can make a difference

The last in the series looking at this incredible passage of scripture.

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