A Transformed Life In Practice, Part 1

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Romans 12:9-21
[9] Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. [10] Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. [11] Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. [12]  Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. [13] Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

[14] Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. [15] Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. [16] Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. [17] Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. [18] If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. [19] Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” [20] To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” [21]  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

DEEP SHEET: Sermon Study Questions
1.   How does Paul’s description of love differ from the way the world tends to define it? How does this passage challenge or correct how you love God’s people?
2.   What does it look like to compete in showing honor? How does this protect against criticism, gossip, and disunity within the church?
3.   What does it mean to say that we have a responsibility to fight for our spiritual temperature?
4.   How can we avoid serving self or people rather than the Lord?
5.   Why is Romans 12:12 a fitting “life verse”? How are these three commands related to one another?
6.   Why does joy depend on hope? How do we maintain our hope? Consider praying Romans 15:13 over your GC this week.
7.   How does v. 13 push us beyond merely addressing needs and taking advantage of opportunities?

References: Ephesians 4:1; Mark 12:30-31; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Matthew 6:33; 25:26; Colossians 3:23-24; Ephesians 1:18; Titus 2:13; Romans 8:24; Colossians 3:1-4; Romans 5:3-4; 1 John 4:20.

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