Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Serving Because God Showed Us Mercy In Christ (Romans 12)

Text: Romans 12
Theme: The gospel reveals the righteousness of God...

5. In Transformation (12-16)
   A) Towards the Church (12:1-16)
   B) Towards Society (12:17 - 13:14)


Chapters 1-11 teach righteousness through faith in Christ, apart from human merit. Chapters 12-16 show how this doctrine should transform our daily lives.

In light of God's mercy--which includes salvation from the penalty (chapters 1-5), power (6-7), and presence of sin (8) through faith in Christ, and apart from human merit (3-4; 9-11)--God begs us to commit ourselves to His service (12:1-2). This is not something we have to do to get or stay saved, but what we should do since God has been merciful to us.

Believers should evaluate themselves according to sober judgment, neither over estimating  themselves nor denying God's work on their behalf. Everyone receives a gift by which to serve the other believers in the body of Christ (cf. 1 Cor. 12:13ff), and should apply his gift accordingly (3-8). In relation to both the church, and society, believers should overcome evil with good, showing love to all men (9-21).

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