Transformed to Serve
Topic: AM Service Passage: Romans 12:1–12:2
The Apostle Paul has given a wealth of teaching on the gospel in his letter to the Romans. The first 11 chapters are filled with glorious statements about sinful man’s need, the work of Jesus Christ, and the forgiveness that is found in the gospel. Those chapters are filled with what are called “indicatives,” pointing the believer to who he is in Christ because of the work of Christ. But now, at the beginning of chapter 12, Paul begins to turn to the consequences of salvation by faith alone. Christians are made alive by the work of Jesus (Romans 6:11) and have new life in the Spirit (Romans 8:10), and that life is expressed in a transformation of character. It is not just a change of mind that takes place when a sinner places his faith in Jesus; it is a change of life. So Paul encourages us to be “Transformed to Serve” (Romans 12:1-2) because of Christ.
I. The Motives for Our Conduct
A. The Mind
B. The Heart
II. The Practice of Our Conduct
III. The Principles of Our Conduct
A. Not Conformed
Questions for consideration: (1) Why is it so important for you to continue to study the great truths of salvation in Scripture? What is the danger in neglecting God’s truth? (2) In what area of your life have you been most reluctant to serve the Lord? How can that change? Why should it? (3) What is it about this present world that tempts you most? How can you resist conforming to the world?