Week of June 9

Romans: The Power of the Gospel

In 2024 we are going to read someone else’s mail.  Paul wrote a letter to the church in Rome and gave one of the best and most thorough explanations of the Gospel of Jesus and details about how to live that out.  He was writing to people who were followers of Jesus in Rome, perhaps the toughest place to be a Christian at the most difficult time to be a Christian.  Perhaps Paul’s letter to them can give us insights into how to live out what you believe when the world is indifferent or even hostile to your beliefs.  Let’s dive into God’s Word together as we read and reflect on Paul’s letter to the Romans.

 Week 22: “Therefore” – Romans 12:1-2 (Romans 11:33-36)

Romans 12:1-2 starts with the word “Therefore” signifying a turn in the focus on Paul’s letter.  Romans 1-11 is “Doctrine”, or what to believe about the Gospel. Romans 12-16 is all about APPLICATION, what we do with the Gospel, or more so, what the Gospel does in us and through us as we live it out.  We will BECOME like whatever we WORSHIP…so offer yourselves to Jesus as a LIVING SACRIFICE.


DISCUSSION/REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  • What is one of your favorite ways to spend your time?
  • Where is one of your favorite places to travel to?
  • READ:  Romans 12:1-2. 

Spend some time SOAPing this passage.  You can either spend time SOAPing individually and documenting for a several minutes and then spend time sharing with each -OR- SOAP in real time with each other. Either way make as many observations as you can. What stands out to you from this passage? 

  • Romans 12:1 challenges us to keep God’s mercies in view. In other words, we need to keep all of Romans 1-11, and all that God has done for us through salvation, in the forefront of our minds and motive for our actions.  How can you keep God’s mercies in view?
  • Do you ever obey God out of fear? What would change if you obeyed God our of gratitude and a desire to honor Him?
  • What do you think it means to be a “living sacrifice”?
  • Doug said that “Sin starts as a worship problem. We give non-God things God-like weight in our hearts.”  What does Paul say in Romans 12:1-2 that true and proper worship is?
  • Doug asked the question: Where are you? Are you on the THRONE (“I am in charge of me”) or on the ALTAR (as a living sacrifice)?
  • We are challenged to NOT conform to the pattern of the world but be transformed by God’s work in and through us. What are the things in the world that could be shaping you personally
  • In Romans 12:2, Paul writes that we are transformed by the “renewing of your mind”.  How do these passages speak to that idea of renewing your mind? Read each passage and talk about what it means to have a renewed mind:

Romans 8:5-8

Colossians 3:16

Ephesians 4:22-24

1 Corinthians 2:11-14

  • One of the promises of Romans 12:1-2 is that when we live this out, we will be able to know and experience God’s will…His good, pleasing and perfect will right now?
  • How could Romans 12:1-2 help you know and experience God’s will for your life?
  • What else stood out from this week’s sermon and passages?
  • What is your big takeaway from this week’s passages and message?

NEXT STEPS:

Everyone has a next step to apply what we have learned. What is your next step?  Be specific.

MEMORY VERSE: *Challenge yourself or your group to commit this verse to memory:

Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

PRAYER:
Spend some time praying for each other.

Scripture References:

Romans 12:1-2; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 8:1-13; Romans 8:28-29; Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 4:22-24; 1 Corinthians 2:11-14; Romans 11:33-36