Gene Cunningham - May 23, 2000

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We like Israel have the provisions but need to take advantage of them (1Co 10:1-5, 1Co 10:14-17). During communion we eat and drink blessing or cursing. There's always a remnant of believers (Rom 11:5). There must be a sense of destiny, a sense of urgency, and tenacity or endurance. Paul always wanted to go to Rome, but he went as a prisoner (Phi 1:12). In Rom 12:1 the word "brethren" indicates the potential for unique standing in eternity. Membership in a royal family has distinction as does spiritual heritage (Gal 3:9). Paul appeals to our standing -- what we are should effect our action (Rom 5:1-2, John 3:36). The baptism of the Spirit puts us into union with Christ and makes us brethren (1Pe 3:18, 1Co 12:13-15). In the race to be at the top, Paul had been more zealous than Jewish peers. God thinks of it as crap (Phi 3:8, Isa 64:6).

Scripture References: Galatians 3:9, Romans 12:1, Philippians 1:12, Isaiah 64:6, Romans 11:5, Philippians 3:8, John 3:36, Romans 5:1-2

From Series: "Living Sacrifice (1995)"

Romans 12 and specifically Rom 12:1-2 is a pivot point between the doctrinal section and application of the book. This series methodically uses this passage to outline aspects or doctrines of the christian life -- God's provision and our prospect. Our lives can be acceptable to God if we progress on the path He intends. Living Sacrifice presents 12 doctrines: (1) redeeming time; (2) standing (positional truth); (3) self-presentation - availability; (4) approval; (5) service; (6) provision; (7) spiritual warfare; (8) conformity; (9) spiritual advance; (10) renewal; (11) divine guidance; (12) abundant life.

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