In these three verses of Romans 12, we have 8 traits that are the practical expressions of the love and devotion which Paul set before us in verses 9 and 10. These are not just the character traits that belong to super-saints, but the traits that are to be embodied by every true child of God. In Christ, who is the perfect example of all of these, we are fully capable of manifesting all of them.
This is the third of four sermons on the public means of grace as we seek to apply Paul’s admonition to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Praise and Prayer are God-given means of of exalting Christ and expressing our dependence upon Him. The content of prayer and praise is to be Scripture. This is the heart of the regulative principle applied in practical form: Scripture gives us everything we need for worship. Thus, teaching and admonishing happens even when we sing.
As Paul continues his transition to the ethical and moral instructions of Romans 12-15, he develops further in verse 2 what is entailed in being living sacrifices that are acceptable to God. First, to not be conformed to this world means we must be like Christ — striking a balance between being in the world but not of the world. Second, we must submit to and join with the Holy Spirit as He works both inwardly and outwardly upon us. We must pursue the Person and truth of Christ, praying for the humility to embrace that truth and glory in that truth when it is set before us.
In this first sermon of our “Flourish in Faith” mini-series, we learn from Paul’s experience of suffering that our heavenly Father blesses us with challenges and afflictions to bring us back to Himself. God works through adversity to shatter any sense of self-reliance, to show us that we are truly weak, and to help us see that every other earthly support will fail us. The result is that we trust in Him rather than ourselves, and this trust is poured out in renewed hope and fervent prayer.
In this sermon, Dr. Don Whitney discusses the essential marks of true, biblical revival taken from Acts, chapter two. In this sermon, he shares that the evidences of true revival reveal God’s might, place a renewed emphasis on Christ, are accompanied by dramatic results, and result in sacrificial devotion to God.
What happens when we are so weighed down by the weight of our sufferings that we do not even know the words to pray? What happens when, in our human wisdom, we do not know what is the best option to pray for? The answer is, when we cannot pray or do not know what to pray, we can trust that the very Spirit of Almighty God is making deep intercessions for us. Though we are weak, He composes in our hearts deep groanings that are perfectly aligned with the will of our Father.
How does Christ bring His disciples to Himself? What is the content of faithful preaching? In these words, the Gospel of John teaches us about the importance of preaching Christ, communion with Christ, and personal evangelism.
In these final four verses of chapter 6, Paul summarizes the difference between the life enslaved to sin and the life dedicated to righteousness. He does so from the very practical perspective of the fruits and the results of each way of life. For the believer, the sinful activities of their old life evoke shame and lead to death. But in Christ, we know true fruit resulting in sanctification and eternal life.
The first words Christ spoke from the cross were “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Here we see Christ’s compassion toward sinners who were determined to hurt and kill Him, and we learn of His great love for us, as well as the way we should treat our enemies.
There is so much chaos, conflict, and grief in our world, and we are so prone to anxiety, anger, and sorrow. How can we be happy, content, and thankful in world like the one in which we live? This sermon shows how the Bible gives us clear teaching about the source of contentment and how to grow in gratitude.