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Worldliness #4 – Romans 12.1, 2

March 20, 2009

I 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. 2 Do 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.

This passage would fall under the “I’ve heard it so many times that I am numb” category. It also would be one of the top 5 passages preached on in a Bible College setting, in order to blast us crazy college kids who were doing crazy things like listening to MC Hammer or Vanilla Ice. Yup, I am that old.

One area that we need to focus our attention on is the last part, the discerning the will. I take that phrase to be a huge encouragement, that we actually can know what is right, and good, and acceptable and perfect.

Here are some discussion questions:

What is a living sacrifice? How can we stop being conformed to this world? What makes this so hard? What is the motivation for this? What does being transformed look like?

Some suggested definitions:

Living for self

Giving to the world what I should be giving to God

Missing out on the opportunity to obey God in the hard stuff

My definition of choice:

Going with the flow – being a wimp because “we can’t know what’s right anyway.”

 

 

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