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August 25, 2019-The Preeminence of Love-(Romans 12:9-21)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below

Adult Education

This Sunday Levi Regalado will continue teaching Challenging Questions Christians Face. This class will be held at 10:00 in the Youth Room.

Worship Songs

Lamb of God
Jesus Paid It All
Your Great Name
Behold Our God

Unreached People Group

In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Uzbeks.

Romans 12:9-21

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Summary

As you know Chapter 12 is a pivot point in this letter. In the 11 chapters prior, Paul has detailed and delighted in the mercies of God in saving all people in spite of their rebellion and ingratitude.  The pivot is now toward living in light of his great salvation. In other words, if we have tasted of his mercies, how then should we live?  Paul describes this new life of the Spirit is one in which we present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable. Paul now describes how this gospel revolutionizes our relationships. In other words, all those whose minds are being renewed will love, genuinely, not only those in the church but those outside the church.

Review and Apply

Does love characterize your relationships?  

How would you describe a genuine love?

What are the characteristics of Christian love for other Christians? Which are most challenging for you? Why?

In what practical ways have you loved another Christian this week?

Why does he prohibit revenge? How does the gospel free you to love and forgive the evil doer?  Give examples.

Explain the burning coals in verse 20 and when have you seen it?

Is there someone who has done you a wrong? How did you respond? How does this text instruct us?

What might it look like to overcome evil with good in a specific wrong of which you suffered?