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Romans 12_2

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Secular:

  • Choosing a place for dinner can be difficult
  • We called Lisa’s folks in PoCo… coming to the city… want to do dinner?
  •  Knight and Day… Bad meal Phyllis
  •  Applebee’s … slow service Beryl
  •  List went on… a many restaurants
      • As many second hand complaints
  •  One bad server, one bad cook, tainted each of the restaurants…
  •  Settle on Boston Pizza in PoCo
  • Everyone got their meal…. except

Biblical:

NAU Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

Personal:

  •  Travel to England… Travel the States…
    • I follow their lead
    • I start talking like them…
    • Doesn’t change my citizenship…
  •  Work in a tough environment…
    • Foul language…
    • Swearing
    • Tough environment… pick up the words… bad attitudes…
    • And its not just in the trucking industry… or a the pulp mill…
    • It is in our financial institutions… the prevailing attitudes in government offices… in the staff room at our schools…
    • Unfortunately we often tend to chameleon in those cases…. Blend in… even if we don’t intentionally join in…
  • That is NOT what God desires of us…

Bridge:

  • Paul urged…because of the mercies of God….
    • Beloved of God
    • Children of  Grace
  • Magnitude!! of mercies…
    • Kindness towards his own
    • Propitiation for sin and Forgiveness of sin
    • Freedom from sin
    • Reconciliation
    • Justification
    • Conformation
    • Glorification
    • Eternal life
    • Resurrection
    • Divine adoption
    • Indwelling
    • Faith
    • Peace
    • Hope
    • Righteousness
    • Honour
    • Mercy
  • Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God,
  • This is a good reason for what I am about to tell you…

Therefore I urge you to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

  • Ditch the mistress…
  • Like too many people in a marriage… it doesn’t work!
  • Give yourself over completely…
  • Be Sold out… not buying Him off…

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Body:

Romans 12:2a And do not be conformed to this world,

  • Your spiritual act of service….
    • Was made possible… has been enflamed… by the mercies of God…
    • Give all that you are to God… and…. do not be conformed to this world.
    • We know the idea of being conformed from other passages…. But are different words… concepts
  • NAU Romans 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed (summorphizo) to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
  • Philippians 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed (summorphizo) to His death;
  • The word points to transformation… not the same, different, from the inside out!

The word we are looking at is different…

  • 1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, do not be conformed (suschematizo)  to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
  • Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed (suschematizo)  to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
  • A scheme… outward choice…
  • Looking like the world, following the leading of the flesh, surface… not to the core….
  • Speaks to the nature of a child of God…
  • The core belongs to God… don’t let your outer actions betray the inner truth…
  • Don’t take Christ into the muck….
  • I remember early in the Aids epidemic when I heard that a husband who had been having sex with a prostitute had infected his wife…. I thought of how completely tragic that was… or the baby of the intravenous drug user… born under weight and HIV positive…
    • A relationship in tended to be beautiful…. Tainted… husband and wife…. Mother and child
  • Your spiritual act of service… is to be in an all consuming…. Loving… monogamous spiritual relationship….
  • Remember Bill Clinton… why the Americans… as a nation… didn’t fire him… no contrast… he lived and lied like the most of society…
  • Ditch the mistress…
  • Give yourself over completely…
  • Be Sold out… not buying Him off…
  • Do not behave like the world
  • Do not scheme like the world
  • Do not wear the masks of the world

 

But instead…

Romans 12:2b but be transformed by the renewing of your mind

  • Remember conformed was external and surface…
  • Well this is word that we get our word metamorphous
    • Complete change… inside out…
    • The outward result of an inward change… versus merely a mask…
    • Something different than what was…
    • Not a scheme… a transformation
  • Mark 9:2 And six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and brought them up to a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured ( metamorphothee) before them;
  • Matthew 17:2 And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
  • Many times it is a form of this very word that indicates Repentance…. Turn from what you were… it has a powerful and deep sense…
  • Psalm 119:11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.
  • Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—
  • Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
  • Morphizoo by the renewing of your mind…
  • Calvin…
  • Do not fill it with this world….
  • Redeem it… renovate it complete with his Word
  • Give your mind to God

So that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

·         Ever notice how much more valuable a coach becomes when his team wins….

·         When a team proves to be a league champion… the agents for other teams chase them…

·         They testified to a winning performance

·         1 Peter 4:2 so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.

·         Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

·         How do I testify to God’s perfect will?

·         What could we say…

·         What could we  do…

·         It is directly related to the renewing of our mind…

·         Filling with the word of God

·         Proving the perfect will of God

o       Is being in a close intimate relationship with God

o       Empowered by his Spirit

o       To lie the Word in our World

o       Not that we live perfectly

o       But that we live a life that testifies to the Truth… the Love… and our Desire for God

o       a life that testifies to the Truth… the Love… and promises of the word of God

o       We are imperfect, loved and striving

o       The Journey testifies to our God

§         Our Spiritual Service of Worship

·         Sold out… not buying off

·         Not looking like the World

·         Renewing our Mind in his word

·         Living a life in Power and in Truth

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