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21. Life in the Lord. Romans 12: 9-21 p. 1047-48. Application Points. A “to do” list for the Christian Life ? ? ? A Call to “ATTENTIVE INTIMACY” with God NOT A CHECKLIST ! ! ! Specific instructions can short-circuit our walk with God – Essential step: Being attentive to the Spirit.

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21 life in the lord

21. Life in the Lord

Romans 12: 9-21

p. 1047-48

application points
Application Points
  • A “to do” list for the Christian Life ? ? ?
  • A Call to “ATTENTIVE INTIMACY” with God

NOT A CHECKLIST ! ! !

  • Specific instructions can short-circuit our walk with God –
  • Essential step: Being attentive to the Spirit
1 a picture not a checklist
1. A Picture not a Checklist
  • A Practical List.
    • Right balance of “dos” and “don’ts”
  • It is a Picture
    • Paul is trying to describe a Lifestyle.
    • Not limited to the actual things on the list.
    • Contrasts description of human sinfulness (1:29-32)
  • The details for you determined by attentive dependence on the Spirit.
2 attentive intimacy cures phariseism
2. Attentive Intimacy cures Phariseism
  • Universal human tendency to reduce our relationship with God to “dos” and “don’ts”
  • True Application points require Prayerful Consideration:
    • Retrospectively: handled things differently in the past
    • Plan & Consider: what I should do now
    • Spontaneous: reacting in the moment
2 attentive intimacy cures phariseism1
2. Attentive Intimacy cures Phariseism . . .
  • An exciting alternative way of Living:
    • Get to be part of what God is doing around us
    • Get to see God at work
    • We have issues and people to pray about
    • We rise above self-focus to be caught up in the Kingdom
  • We “test and approve” God’s will (v 2)
3 attentive intimacy covers things not mentioned
3. Attentive Intimacy covers things not mentioned
  • Social hierarchy vs. Multiculturalism
    • Our issue: different cultures and language groups
    • Easy to fit in when we see the picture.
  • Many things are relevant to us:
      • Clinging to Good (as God defines it)
      • Putting others above ourselves
      • Practising hospitality
      • Not being superior [not being wise within yourself]
      • Doing right
      • Peacemakers ,contributing to harmony not dissention
    • “Consider yourselves with sober judgment” (v 3)
conclusion attentive intimacy
Conclusion: Attentive Intimacy
  • The Picture of Kingdom people living for God
    • Our vision: “Loving Christ, serving the world”
  • Not a checklist !
    • Being willing to be inconvenienced, opposed, available.
    • Being joyful, patient, faithful (v 12)
  • The Miracle that is the way of the Kingdom.
attentive intimacy
Attentive Intimacy:

God

Presence

Worship

Love

Human

Human

Care

Blessing

Stewardship

Creation:

Things & Animals