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Summary: Why do you suppose there are close to 159 million people in America who claim to be Christians and yet the Church is not making more of a moral and spiritual impact?

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I. The Appeal to Commitment (v. 1a)

A. We Respond to an Appeal

B. We Respond in Appreciation,

II. The Act of Commitment (vv. 1b-2a)

A. It is a Permanent Sacrifice

B. It is a Personal Sacrifice

C. It is a Practical Sacrifice.

III. The Assignments of Commitment (v. 2)

A. The Christian is not to Be Conformed to This World.

(2a)

B. The Christian is to Be Transformed by the Word (2b)

IV. The Accomplishment of Commitment

A. We Will be Enlightened in Knowing the Will of God

B. We Will be Engaged in Doing the Will of God

C. We Will Find Enjoyment in Fulfilling the Will of God

Why do you suppose there are close to 159 million people in America who claim to be Christians and yet the Church is not making more of a moral and spiritual impact? Why is it that on Sunday mornings thousands of churches across the nation has more empty pews than full? Why is it that the average worship attendance is 90 (Barna, 1999)? Why is it that only 50% of the number on any church’s membership rolls can be expected to attend on any given Sunday? I believe the answer can be found in one word, commitment!

Romans 12:1“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (2) And 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.”

In verse one Paul begins to challenge his readers to move to total commitment.

We have the misconception our modern day churches that, sure preachers and missionaries and other full time Christian workers should be 100% committed, but for the ordinary church member something less is permissible. The problem with a lot of Christians is that they are at best only participating in church work or at worse are mere spectators.

We cannot remain as spectators looking on. Someone once described a football game as twenty-two men on the field badly in need of rest being watched by seventy-two thousand people in the stands badly in need of exercise. While football may be a spectator sport for most of us, Christianity certainly should never be.

I. The Appeal to Commitment (v. 1a)

A. We Respond to an Appeal

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

20xs Paul says “I beseech you” = “I plead with you” (Beg)

That is all the gospel preacher can do. There are handcuffs and court orders to get people to do some things in this world, but all the gospel preacher can do to get people to do right and to live for the Lord, is to preach the Word of God and plead with people to obey it.

This section begins with “therefore” – it is the third and final “therefore” in the book, the others are (5:1 and 8:1).

Whenever a verse begins with “therefore” we know that it is intimately connected to what has preceded it and we need to stop and see what it is “there for.”

B. We Respond in Appreciation,


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Dan Fogle

commented on Nov 12, 2006

Good sermon. Thanks, Dan

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