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”
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.
- The therefore of CONDEMNATION (3:20).
- The therefore of JUSTIFICATION (5:1)
- The therefore of ASSURANCE (8:1)
- The therefore of DEDICATION (12:1).
C. An Astounding Incentive (v.12c, “by the mercies of God”)
- Our immediate justification (Chapters 3-5)
- Our immediate/continual sanctification (Chapters 6-8)
- 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:
- “Present your bodies” –
- “A living sacrifice” –
- “holy, acceptable to God” –
- “your reasonable service” –