August 18, 2019- Thinking Rightly and Serving Gladly (Romans 12:3-8)
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This Sunday Levi Regalado will continue teaching Challenging Questions Christians Face. This class will be held at 10:00 in the Youth Room.
O Church Arise
I Come By The Blood
How Sweet and Aweful is This Place
O The Deep Deep Love of Jesus (Ebenezer)
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Brahmin in India
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
As you know, in the first 11 chapters, the apostle Paul explains the depth and profound nature of God's mercies in calling us, saving us and adopting us. In light of his overwhelming generosity, he appeals to us to give our whole lives to God, saying, ‘present your bodies as living sacrifices.’ This is clearly a complete commitment. In the rest of the chapter, Paul teases out the implications of 'be transformed by the renewing of your mind' in the life of the church. To be transformed by the renewing of your mind looks like thinking rightly about yourself in light of the gospel and functioning rightly with your gifts among the church.
Review and Apply
What is your motivation to go to church?
How have these verses changed the way you view yourself?
How does the gospel help us think with sober judgment?
How does the idea of 'one body and members of one another' help us think about the church?
How does the church as 'one body and members of one another' influence how we view our gifts?
What are some ways to discern/discover your gifts?
How do you/should you use your gifts in the life of your church?
What occurs in the church when people either avoid using their gifts in the church or use the gifts only outside the church?
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