Gene Cunningham - May 23, 2000

Living Sacrifice 23

Paul, a Jew writing to Gentiles, says that we are all from the same "fathers", referring to common regeneration (1Co 10:1-4), 1Co 10:11). Jews were called to be the lineage of Christ. Israel turned their back; God was not pleased. With whom is He pleased? "acceptable" and "approved" means we've measured up to a standard (Rom 12:1-2, 2Ti 2:15). There are both general criteria, and specific for an individual (Mat 25:15, Mar 13:34, Rom 12:3, Heb 11:6, 1Jn 2:28). Every believer has to identify what is the work God has for them (2Ti 2:15). You have to have the desire: "I want to gain God's approval". With that goal, there's no room for persistent failure (1Co 9:1-29). This takes courage (Col 1:24, Rom 5:3, Joh 16:33). There's no option for quiting (2Co 4:1, Rom 8:37-39). The power behind the commitment is love. Reverence to God evidenced by humility; show to man a Christlike service.

Scripture References: Romans 12:3, Romans 8:37-39, Mark 13:34, John 16:33, Matthew 25:15, Romans 5:3, Romans 12:1-2, Colossians 1:24, John 2:28, Hebrews 11:6

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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