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The Impetus for Our Self-Surrender to God

Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Sermon Series: ROAD TO SPIRITUAL RENEWAL (Pt. 1)

“God’s Mercies – The Impetus for Our Self-Surrender to God”

Romans 12:1-2

Introduction:

In verses one and two of Romans Chapter 12 we notice Paul’s emphasis on God’s mercies being the impetus (motivation or incentive) to holy living and our self-surrender to God. Two truths emerge from the text: (MOTIVATION) The Living Sacrifice, and (MEANS) Non-Conformity Through Transformation, by resisting conformity and embracing transformation.

I.  MOTIVATION – The Living Sacrifice: Romans 12:1

Paul discloses four truths here: a personal appeal, an inclusive reality, an astounding incentive, and a reasonable request.

A. A Personal Appeal (v.12a, “I beseech you”). The Greek word for “beseech” is (parakaleo), and is the formation of two words: para (along, besides) and kaleo (to call).

B. An Inclusive Reality (v.12b, “therefore brethren”). This is the fourth “therefore” in the Book of Romans.

  1. The therefore of CONDEMNATION (3:20).
  2. The therefore of JUSTIFICATION (5:1)     
  3. The therefore of ASSURANCE (8:1)
  4. The therefore of DEDICATION (12:1).

C.  An Astounding Incentive (v.12c, “by the mercies of God”)

  1. Our immediate justification (Chapters 3-5)
  2. Our immediate/continual sanctification (Chapters 6-8)
  3. Our future glorification (Chapter 8:18-27; 9-11)

CLOSER LOOK AT ROMANS 8:

  • No condemnation; freedom from the power of indwelling sin (vv.1-11).
  • Adoption into the Family of God (vv.12-17).
  • Future glorification and an end of suffering (vv.18-27).
  • Conformity into Christ’s image (vv.28-30).
  • No separation from God’s love (vv.31-39).

D. A Reasonable Request (v.12d) 4-fold:

  1. “Present your bodies”
  2. “A living sacrifice”
  3. “holy, acceptable to God”
  4. “your reasonable service”
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