Summary: This sermon emphasis the need for training outside the local church. It also exaimines the passage in Romans 12 by going through a verse by verse explaination. Drawing practical and theological applications from the text

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Training spiritually part 2

Have you ever noticed that Australian’s don’t like to be told what to do? I mean, directions – guys will wander around aimlessly and totally lost for days before stopping to ask for directions. And putting things together – when I get a new piece of furniture, or a new computer program – the first thing I do is take out the parts or the disk and start working. There is no way and Australian would look at the manual first.

Okay – often we end up with odd parts left over – or haven’t the faintest clue how to use our new program once its installed. If we had just used the manual we would have saved so much trouble and gotten a much better result.

When it comes to life, we often react the same way – we don’t want anyone telling us how to live, we just go out there and start living – making it up as we go. We have a manual, a book of directions – it’s the Bible. We should read it, understand it, live by it.

But it’s a pretty big manual – and many of us don’t take the time to read the whole thing.

You’ll notice that starting in chapter 12, Paul leaves the purely theological discussion of chapters 1-11 and gets into some real practical stuff.

This little quick start guide covers three areas of life: our relationship with the Father, our relationship with ourselves, and our relationships with others – both in the church community and in the world.

In each verse or two I’ll highlight a “Life Principal”. And if you want the “quick start” guide it is all based on just two verses – 1 & 2.

Read Romans 12:1-12:21

I would now like to go through this passage verse by verse

Live a Worshipful Life dedicated to the Father

12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship.

A beautiful life does not just happen, it is built daily by prayer, humilty, sacrifice and love. May that beautiful life be yours always

Dennis Castillo

Dennis Castillo Filipino Author

In the Old Agreement – an act of worship meant you took an animal and sacrificed it on the altar. Now that Jesus has become our sacrifice for sin – we offer ourselves up as living sacrifices. The problem with living sacrifices, of course, is that we can get up off the altar. Sometimes we feel like we’re “giving it all up for God” but at other times we get scared or selfish and we jump down and say – not today God.

“Spiritual” here means – informed, understanding. It is reasonable to give ourselves to God’s service in light of what God has done for us through Jesus – extending His mercy to us, who didn’t deserve it.

The word “worship” doesn’t actually appear in the Greek – it’s the word: “service” which means – hired service, or service to God. We aren’t slaves in the sense of not having a choice – every day we have a choice to serve God – and we do it because we love Him.

Now Paul doesn’t just leave it there, he goes on to get very specific. First he talks about our relationship with the Father – one of laying down our desires – then he talks about our relationship with ourselves – to be transformed. But notice that it all starts with this – our relationship with God, our laying down our lives for His service – without that, none of the rest is possible.

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