Gene Cunningham - May 23, 2000

Living Sacrifice 29

Rom 12:1-2 is a summary of the book of Romans. Spiritual non-conformity "do not be conformed" This world demands conformity; but we can't (Phi 3:20, 1Jn 2:15). Sermon on the mount is to His disciples (Mat 5:1-48). The spiritual non-conformist is a disciple; he lives in a state of blessing. "blessed" means one who is in the environment of God. Much if Christianity today has lost it's focus on God(1Jn 2:28). Disciples are spiritually poor (Mat 5:3) -- destitute having total dependence on God. "mourn" is true repentance (Mat 5:4) -- part of your character (Jam 4:8-9). "Meek" = gentle (Mat 5:5). "hungers and thirst for Righteousness" (Mat 5:6) -- desperate for right relationship.

Scripture References: Matthew 5:3, John 2:28, Matthew 5:1-48, Matthew 5:6, John 2:15, Matthew 5:5, Philippians 3:20, James 4:8-9, Romans 12:1-2, Matthew 5:4

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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