In these final four verses of Romans 12, God instructs us through the Apostle Paul to be a people who strive for peace with all men. This does not mean we compromise the truth or hide from the world, but rather that we be active makers of peace by spreading the gospel of Christ wherever we go. As we intentionally strive to reflect the compassion of Christ, refusing to take vengeance on those who persecute us, we will (by the grace of Christ!) overcome evil with good.
Here in Romans 12, Paul continues to instruct the church on the practical behavior that is the fruit of gospel transformation. In verses 14-17, we find practical manifestations of godliness that share the common trait of humility. In each of them, we are once again privileged to look to Christ and in Him the perfect example of each one.
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.
The ideal of Christian ‘love’ is one of the church’s favorite subjects to expound, but it is too frequently the one where we fall the most short. In this sermon, we explore the character of Biblical love and how it is to be displayed within the Body of Christ. Biblical love originates with God, is marked by purity, and seeks all that is good and righteous for the beloved.
When God regenerates the heart as a matter of His grace, He imparts to each believer a spiritual gift or gifts that are to be used for the edification of his body and the exaltation of His name. Employing these gift is not optional for believers. This exposition from Romans 12 discusses the nature of the gifts as well as some of the excuses Christians tend to make for not serving according to their giftedness.
This is the fourth 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. In Romans 12:3-5, Paul addresses again the issue of human pride in preparation for describing what gospel life should be like in the community of the redeemed. As we think of ourselves rightly — in comparison to Christ — we will discover the beautiful truth of the unity, diversity, and mutuality that God has designed for us in the body of Christ.
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.
This sermon is the second of four sermons exploring the role of the public means of grace in the renewal of the Christian mind. This doctrinal sermon addresses the nature and place of the ordinances in Christian worship, focusing mostly upon the ordinances of communion. Communion is a means of grace as God uses the partaking of the elements to remind us of and nourish us with the truths of Christ’s sacrifice, the blessings of our salvation, and the hope set before us.
This sermon is the first of four sermons in a mini-series on the public means of grace. Romans 12:1-2 teaches Christians that we are to offer ourselves up to God as living and holy sacrifices. We are to no longer be conformed to this world. Instead, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, thereby proving out the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. The Word of God is , of course, central to this process of transformation, because the whole of Scripture testifies to the Person and Power of Christ.
“How can I know God’s will for my life?” Persons who ask this question usually think of God’s will in terms of a career, a mate, a school choice, a job choice, or a big financial decision. To rightly discern His will, we must go to Scripture to see how God reveals it to us. There we see two aspects of God’s will — His revealed moral will and His secret will of decree. Both of these aspects are a comfort to believers, and they guard us from thinking that we need a new revelation from God every time we face a big decision. As we ground ourselves in his Word and apply it to our lives, we will ultimately prove His will.