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Summary: We are called to live in and develop a community of grace

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Romans 12:9-21 – A Community of Grace

The Soap Maker

• A minister and a soap maker went for a walk together. The soap maker said, "what good is Christianity? Look at all the trouble and misery of the world! Still there, even after years--thousands of years--of teaching about goodness and truth and peace. Still there, after all the prayers and sermons and teachings. If religion is good and true, why should this be?"

The minister said nothing. They continued walking until he noticed a child playing in the gutter.

Then the minister said, "Look at that child. You say that soap makes people clean, but see the dirt on that youngster. Of what good is soap? With all the soap in the world, over all these years, the child is still filthy. I wonder how effective soap is, after all!"

The soap maker protested. "But, Pastor, soap cannot do any good unless it is used!"

"Exactly!" replied the minister.

Christianity is like soap, its no good unless it is put to us

• Last week we looked at the first part of Rom 12

• Paul after taking 11 chapters to explain about God’s love and mercy to us, now moves to what a Christian’s response should be to the Good news of Jesus Christ

• Rom 12:1 - “Therefore, I urge you brothers, In view of God’s mercy (Grace) to offer your bodies as living sacrifices

• Because God has been “graceful and loving” to us, we now need to be “graceful and loving” to others

• Otherwise we are like that unused soap

• Christianity is meant to be put to use

• And that use is governed by the administration we live under, Do we live under the administration of Law or the administration of Grace

• What does Paul tell us we are under?

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

• We no longer live under the control and dominion of sin because God’s grace has set us free

John 1:16-17 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

• Jesus introduced the administration of grace and we are expected to live that reality

• Paul in Eph 3:2 speaks about the “administration of God’s grace that was given to me…..”

• We have a responsibility to administer or dispense God’s grace

• Grace is not limited to the gift of salvation. The gift also comes as a task

• Paul viewed himself as a manager of “God’s grace” and so should we

1 Peter 4:10 commands us saying, “each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

• God has enlisted you and I into his work of administrating “grace” to a dying world

1 Corinthians 3:9 calls us, ‘God’s fellow-laborers.”

• We are to be his spiritual ambulances administering his grace in a spiritually sick world

• God has enlisted us into his service to be vehicles of his grace

• We should regard ministry as a privilege because we are helping God do his work

Pick up the story in v.9

• So far Paul has told us to change our thinking about the use of our bodies v.1


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Delvin R. Sweeney

commented on Mar 8, 2007

there is no better plea for unity than to understand our position, that is we are all dirty sinners saved by grace. It hit me one day listing to a brother giving his testamony how the drugs had ruined his life, and Christ lifted Him our of the sin and death he lived in, God just seemed to speak to me "it was my blood shed that save you as well." I have never used any kind of drug, never had one beer, Ihave only been with one woman in my life, my wife of 25 years, but my sin could only be paid by the blood of Jesus just as this sinner's life was paid, the same price for me or him, WOW!

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