The word translated “leader” is an ambiguous one that could mean something to do with administration, or something to do with assistance – and maybe we should think of administration as a kind of assistance, really. We may want to have that ancient pattern in mind, as well. This pattern of theory, followed by application, is a hallmark of his writing. Then seek to live out your measure of faith and exercise your gift in a way that best contributes to the body of Christ! Discussion Questions. Commentary on Romans 12:1-8 View Bible Text While the argument of the letter to the Romans opened with a preoccupation regarding God’s anger (1:18-32), this section of the letter opens with an embrace of God’s mercies. In which way are the different gifts spread out among the members of the church (Romans 12:6)? Both life models can be appropriate for people in the church. II. Verses 6-8 then list some examples of what this means practically-functionally. This is the opening portion of Paul’s conclusion to the letter to the Romans, the introduction to the moral instruction that follows from the theological presentation of the first part of the letter. Similarly, different amounts and types of faith may lead people to different roles. The following verse (Romans 12:2) helps us to understand. We’re just focusing on a little bit of it … this Sunday. This theme is that following the gospel authentically involves thinking in authentic ways about God and one’s own place in God’s world. And right thinking for Paul includes viewing ourselves as recipients of God’s Spirit (8:1-17,26) and beneficiaries of Christ’s intervention for us (8:31-39) rather than as those who have to find it within ourselves to keep God’s moral law (7:7-25). What is a living sacrifice? (Romans 12:9). I exhort you— St. Paul uses to suit his exhortations to the doctrines he has been delivering. "For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] … Paul’s main point about spiritual gifts, mentioned in verse 6, is that God has given us these as members of the body of Christ. That’s the literary context, but we have a church-ly and personal context for our reading, too – for instance, this is probably one of the most frequently quoted Bible verses in our class. Romans 12:1–8 A Living Sacrifice. (So … what animates them? Or at least one of us does. ... by following Matters of Interpretation. The work of compassion or mercy is envisioned here as a cheerful function. We are a living sacrifice for God by not being conformed to this world. Here’s an argument to think about with our minds: If the body of Christ was a living sacrifice, then rather obviously – when we think about this logically, as Paul is pointing out here – we, who are members of the one body of Christ, will need to present our bodies as living sacrifices as a consequence of our membership in that particular body. There are two things that are necessary to make that happen: One is to "stop being conformed to the world," (Romans 12:2a). ( Log Out /  Does it refer to “the mercies of God” in v1? 1:28), “futile in their thinking,” darkened by “senseless minds” (Rom. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. All the saints make up one body in Christ, who is the Head of the body, and the common Centre of their unity. He never made an exception. We are to value hardships and live through them in hope, opening ourselves to God’s love expressed through Christ even while experiencing hardships (5:3-11). "Present your bodies a living sacrifice" (Romans 12:1b RSV), not just to come to church in, but to do everything in terms of that power and strength which God supplies to you. Sort of like the bones without the breath. This is not an isolated idea in Romans (see also 11:18, 20b; 12:10b, 16). They are: It’s like Paul is saying at the beginning of Romans 12, “Since God has given such wonderful mercies to us, the least we can do is present our bodies to God!”. So we are to use the particular gift God has given us to help the body function, not to promote ourselves or show how we as one body part are better than others who are another body part. Not the only time we’ve heard this kind of thinking from Paul – think of his letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 12) for instance. This is your appropriate priestly service. Commentary, Romans 12:1-8, Mary Hinkle Shore,, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2011." This section is all nouns, no verbs. 14. 13. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will I also keep thinking about Psalm 1, and the wisdom of the two ways. *This is a recent essay I wrote for school—limited to 1,000 words . Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. As in many of his other epistles, Paul begins Romans with teaching on doctrine and ends with teaching on how we should live because of what is true. Paul is asking us to pray and live so that we do not turn ourselves into people God would not have us become. Don’t boast. But others may have a different thought about this. But maybe we don’t know everything it says. 1:21), which results in doing every kind of evil to one another (Rom. That metamorphosis will be a contrast to just following the pattern, the “schema” of the world, or more precisely, the age in which we live. This is the standard form of Paul’s writings, doctrine first and then practice—or application. And maybe we do. Expectations are reversed; life is to be changed. A Living Sacrifice. List at least two changes you desire to take place in your life because of these verses: a. b. Paul is challenging readers to live out their faith in ways appropriate to the amount and type of faith that God has gifted to people. It makes no sense to go back the way we used to be. Study questions on the text have been added here. What is humility? I admit, I am inclined to think of the faith as the ruler or the measuring cup, so, the standard for good thinking. [Study questions on the text have been added here.] i.-v. We might wonder …) The word for gifts contains the word “grace” – clunkily literally, we have “grace-gifts” according to given-as-a-gift-to-us grace. The particular uses follow, from the third verse to the end of the Epistle. So it only makes sense to yield them back to Christ. Here are my notes on this (amazing) text: BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT: It might be a good idea for us to review the material from Romans that we’ve studied over the past three weeks, to remind ourselves of where Paul has been that has led up to what he says here. The gifts are just … there. Given the following context, in which Paul describes different roles within the body of Christ (2:6-8) and differing amounts of faith (14:1, 22-23), however, it is best to read these expressions about faith in verses 3 and 6 as referring to differing amounts and kinds of faith. Believers in Christ are called to be holy (1:7), The truth of God’s eternal power and divine status ought to be continually affirmed by worshiping God rather than any other created thing (1:18-25), All people are prone to sin and stand under God’s judgment (2:1-2, 14-16; 3:9-20), We cannot “boast,” or take credit for our faith (3:27-28). Go out into the world knowing you are God’s beloved children and knowing each person you meet is beloved by God. – Romans 12:1-8 Paul tells us, in remarkably concise language, what it takes to be trans formed into Christ-likeness, rather than con formed to this world. Our pericope could be entitled "Living Sacrifices." Romans 12:8 mentions this gift by saying, “he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” (NAS) The New Revised Standard Version says, “the compassionate, in cheerfulness.” These are people who feel genuine empathy and compassion for others. See Romans 1:9, Romans 1:25; Romans 12:1, Galatians 4:8, Galatians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; Matthew 6:24. So here the general use from the whole is contained in the first and second verses. Romans 12.1-8 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. We are studying Romans 12:1-8 for Sunday, May 26. He will not accept a partial commitment. What gifts do you think you offer in service to people around you? Paul’s first concern for people who would present themselves to God is that these people live as full members of the body of Christ, contributing to the life of the church according to the measure of faith God has given them. What does Romans chapter 12 mean? The world is defined for us in 1 John 2:15-16 as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. “To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6) and “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11). Because we need to let love be genuine. Ninth Bible Class (Romans 12:1-21) V. Application or God’s Righteousness at Work (12:1—15:13) We now come to the last major section of the book, the application of the doctrine set forth in chapters 1-11. 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