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Transformation Requires Engagement [Sermon]

To engage is “to involve oneself in or commit to something; to pledge oneself; to assume an obligation or responsibility; to enter into conflict.” A God-centered, Christ-saturated, Spirit-led life requires discernmentadoption, renewal, and engagement. Functioning as “living sacrifices” (Rom 12:1-2) is all about engaging for the glory of God.

Romans 12 quickly moves from straightforward divine expectation (12:1-2) into the realm of practical application. What does a living sacrifice look like? What is the face of transformed engagement?

  • Let love be genuine (12:9)
  • Abhor what is evil (12:9)
  • Hold fast to what is good (12:9)
  • Love one another with brotherly affection (12:10)
  • Outdo one another in showing honor (12:10)
  • Do not be slothful in zeal (12:11)
  • Be fervent in spirit (12:11)
  • Serve the Lord (12:11)
  • Rejoice in hope (12:12)
  • Be patient in tribulation (12:12)
  • Be constant in prayer (12:12)
  • Contribute to the needs of the saints (12:13)
  • Seek to show hospitality (12:13)
  • Bless those who persecute you (12:14)
  • Rejoice with those who rejoice (12:15)
  • Weep with those who weep (12:15)
  • Live in harmony with one another (12:16)
  • Do not be haughty (12:16)
  • Associate with the lowly (12:16)
  • Never be wise in your own sight (12:16)
  • Repay no one evil for evil (12:17)
  • Give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all (12:17)
  • So far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all (12:18)
  • Never avenge yourselves (12:19)
  • If your enemy is in need, provide for them (12:20)
  • Do not be overcome by evil; overcome evil with good (12:21)

With the goal of transformation into the image of Christ, this sermon encourages the taking of some honest inventory. Are you engaging as a living sacrifice for the glory of God?

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