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The Radical Implications of the Mercies of God: His Gospel. Romans 12:1-2. Romans 12:1. The word “therefore” links these verses back to all previous truths Paul has already presented in chap 1-11.

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Romans 12:1

The word “therefore” links these verses back to all previous truths Paul has already presented in chap 1-11

  • I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your reasonable service.


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Romans 1-11Part 1 Thesis

By God’s sovereign grace man is justified by repentant faith in the Gospel.


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God expects all those who have been saved by the power of the Gospel to RADICALLY live out that Gospel.

Romans, Part IIChapter 12-15 Thesis


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the Gospel the Gospel to RADICALLY live out that Gospel.

The gospel is the good news that mercy is available through the cross to ____________


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Let’s Consider the Gospel to RADICALLY live out that Gospel.

The implications of suggesting the gospel should radically impact you in a world that resents religious radicalism


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Our Radical Savior and Lord the Gospel to RADICALLY live out that Gospel.

And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee:

Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you

Love your enemies

If any man come to me, and hate not his father…and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.


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Romans 12:1 the Gospel to RADICALLY live out that Gospel.

  • We need to hear:

    • I “beseech”

    • I “appeal” or “urge” (with emphasis)


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Romans 12:1 the Gospel to RADICALLY live out that Gospel.

  • We need to hear:

    • I “beseech”

    • I “appeal” or “urge” (with emphasis)

  • brethren, (fellow believers)

  • by the mercies of God,

    • (the gospel)


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Romans 12:1-2 the Gospel to RADICALLY live out that Gospel.

I am NOT my own I have been bought with a price.

  • I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.


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What does it mean to sacrifice? the Gospel to RADICALLY live out that Gospel.

Wars are won through sacrifice

Athletes sacrifice to win

Parents sacrifice for children

Spouses sacrifice one for another

Believers sacrifice for the church Christ died for


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Sacrifice is what we STRUGGLE with in the 21 the Gospel to RADICALLY live out that Gospel.st Century


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Why can’t we afford time away for a short-term mission trip BUT we never miss using our timeshare at the beach?

“Living Sacrifice”



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What goes through your mind when you hear that William Carey stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

“living sacrifice”


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Here is the Issue stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed…Jesus

  • In the remote region of our sub-conscious, are we asking this question:

    • What if I sacrifice the “golden years” of my life for service to the King and there is NO God?


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The gospel implores me to make stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

Radical sacrifices of lusts, dreams, aspirations and even goals in light of the mercy of God in my life.


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Romans 12:1-2 stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

  • I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.


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Romans 12:1-2 stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

Pleasing to God

  • I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.


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Bodily Application stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

I have always wanted a tattoo on my body…

However, I am a tattoo could hurt my testimony for the cause of Christ

I am sure there will not be any tattoo parlors in heaven ( I better do it now)

Will I sacrifice my dream of having a tattoo on my arm in response to gospel?


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Romans 12:1 stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

This sacrificial choice becomes an act of worship.

  • I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable [spiritual] service.


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Application stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

Responding to a lazy incompetent waiter in a MERCIFUL (Christ Like) manner becomes an act of spiritual service to your King!

Spiritual Service


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Romans 12:2 stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

  • And

    • Paul is not finished describing how the gospel is to radically impact every area of my life


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Romans 12:2 stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

Please Turn

John 17:9-17

  • Be not [imperative] conformed to this world:


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John 17:9-17 stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

“In” but NOT “of”

for a distinct purpose


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Instead of Conforming stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

The Bible knows nothing of a scenario where the people of God look, walk, talk and act like the people of the world; HOWEVER_____________

  • but be ye transformed

    • [into holy, God-pleasing, living sacrifices].


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Real Change Begins w/ the Mind stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

Outward conformity without a transformation of the mind is NOT what Paul had in mind.

  • but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,


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The Agent of Change stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

  • Titus 3:5

    • Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy [the gospel] He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.


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Romans 12:2 stayed on the mission field in India through three wives?

why

  • And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that

  • ye may prove [discern] what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


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Knowing where to draw the line in your own life is NOT easy.

It takes discernment.

FactBaptists have historically taken a strong stand for soul liberty.


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Three Possibilities

Black

#1 The Bible is very clear about this matter

White

#2 The Bible is NOT clear about this matter

Gray

#3 The Bible provides some guidance concerning the matter BUT it is not absolute


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Every scenario requires this question:

How should the gospel impact how I think or what I do in this scenario?

Application


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Answer

  • Three possibilities:

    • Positive

      • This actively advances the gospel

    • Neutral

      • Neither positive or negative

    • Negative

      • This hurts the intent and goal of the gospel


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Christianity Is NOT

  • NOT a religion

  • NOT about rules to appease God’s wrath

  • NOT about rituals or ceremonies

  • NOT about regulations to win God’s favor


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Radical Implications

  • With my spouse

  • In the body of Christ

  • With my boss

  • In my worldview

  • While out to dinner

  • With my coworkers

  • In my neighborhood

  • With my time

  • In my marriage



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Calling for Sacrifice Romans 12:1-2?

  • Young Single Adult

  • Mother with three children

  • Retiree

  • Small Business Owner

  • Soldier in the Army


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