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Romans 12:1-2

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The Biblical Formula for Knowing the Will of God

Romans 12:1-2

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Lesson Number 35

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The godly believer practices the biblical method of knowing God's will.
    a. Present your body a living sacrifice to God.
    b. Don't be conformed to this world.
    c. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Practical Application

  1. Let's not crawl off the altar of sacrifice.

Questions

  1. The structure of Paul's letter to the Romans is two-fold. The first part of the letter (chapters 1-11) is concerned with _______________, and the second part (chapters 12-16) with ______________ _______________.
  2. What is the great doctrine of the book of Romans?
  3. God, who is righteous can justify (declare righteous) sinners. How?
  4. List the three steps from Romans 12:1-2 that tell us how we can know God's will for our lives.
  5. What will be the result of the application of these three steps?
  6. How is your mind transformed?

Answers

  1. The first part is doctrine; the second part is practical application.
  2. Justification by faith
  3. Because the Lord Jesus became our substitute and took the penalty for our sins. He died for us on the cross, in our place.
  4. a) present your body a living sacrifice to God, b) don't be conformed to this world, and c) be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
  5. You will prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. You will come to know the will of God.
  6. By reading Scripture and filling your mind with the word of God. Then the Holy Spirit is able to change your way of thinking, and your life is transformed.

Discuss/Consider

  1. The values and attitudes and views of this world system are contrary to God's value system and the Christian world view. Give some examples of these opposing views, then ask yourself, "Am I conformed to the world's way of thinking, or to Christ's?"
  2. In view of the great doctrine of Romans 32:23 and 6:23, and in view of this truth summarized in Romans 12:1, ask yourself, "How then shall I live?"

Challenge

  1. Many Christians dedicate themselves to the service of the Lord after a challenging sermon, or during a retreat, but there's little staying power. They crawl off the altar of sacrifice. Where are you? On or off the altar?

Key Verses

  • "I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1
  • "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:2

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