This sermon was based on Romans 12:1-8
A Living Sacrifice
1I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Gifts of Grace
3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
The Christian Life is Worshipful
- We are merciful towards others because of God’s mercy towards us – it’s an act of worship.
- We worship God by ‘presenting our bodies’, outwardly living lives that give glory to God.
- We worship God by renewing our minds. This happens by submitting ourselves to the transforming work of the Holy Spirit.
The Christian Life is Humble
- Paul calls us to consider how we think of ourselves.
- Paul chooses to address the issue of pride and what the mind does in thinking about itself in relation to other people.
A renewed mind thinks from a position of humility. It submits itself to the truth that God is the sum and judge of all that is true and good and right and beautiful and valuable and satisfying, not us!
The Christian Life is Servant Hearted
- God has gathered us together from many differing backgrounds, races, cultures and experiences to build one body, the church.
- We are given different gifts and abilities in order to serve one another and the church.
- We are called to consistently love one another and we need each other in order to grow.