“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1). The Christian life is to be built on the “therefore” of God-revealed truth. The life that the Spirit of God is calling us to live as disciples of Christ (Romans 12-16) is built on a God-breathed foundation of revelation (Romans 1-11).
This sermon explores the rich depth of Paul’s encouragement to Christians in Romans 12:1. Why does Paul appeal to us by the mercies of God? What does it mean to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God? What does a living sacrifice that is holy and acceptable look like? And why is this way of living described as our “spiritual worship” or “rational service” to God?
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