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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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The word “therefore” links these verses back to all previous truths Paul has already presented in chap 1-11
By God’s sovereign grace man is justified by repentant faith in the Gospel.
The gospel is the good news that mercy is available through the cross to ____________
The implications of suggesting the gospel should radically impact you in a world that resents religious radicalism
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.
I am NOT my own I have been bought with a price.
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
blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed…Jesus
Radical sacrifices of lusts, dreams, aspirations and even goals in light of the mercy of God in my life.
Pleasing to God
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?
This sacrificial choice becomes an act of worship.
“In” but NOT “of”
for a distinct purpose
The Bible knows nothing of a scenario where the people of God look, walk, talk and act like the people of the world; HOWEVER_____________
Outward conformity without a transformation of the mind is NOT what Paul had in mind.
It takes discernment.FactBaptists have historically taken a strong stand for soul liberty.
#1 The Bible is very clear about this matter
#2 The Bible is NOT clear about this matter
#3 The Bible provides some guidance concerning the matter BUT it is not absolute