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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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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