A Disciple Serves Up sacrificially

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A Disciple Serves Up sacrificially

Romans 12:1-8

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Romans 12:1-8

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,

so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your

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faith;

if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;

if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,

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do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

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A Disciple Offers Themselves Sacrificially

Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will

.”

Interesting that Paul says “in view of God’s mercy”Why not “in view of God’s grace”

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A Living Sacrifice

3 Ways to Fully Express our Surrender

Offer your Body

offer means “present once and for all”

God is looking for total surrender, total devotion

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A Living Sacrifice

Offer your Mind

Urge is to stop conforming to the world

You are a new creation!

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A Living Sacrifice

Offer your Will

“then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, His good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

God allows us to choose His will

We need to check our undercarriage from time to time

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When checking your Undercarriage

…Do so with a proper understanding of self

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3 “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you

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Be humble!

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A Disciple Takes Their Place in the Body

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just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others

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Our lives do have meaning and purpose!

Everyone here is a pastor/ minister

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A Disciple Takes Their Place in the Body

Ravi Zacharias has said “We are all priests before God, there is no such distinction as 'secular or sacred.' In fact, the opposite of sacred is not secular; the opposite of sacred is profane. In short, no follower of Christ does secular work. We all have a sacred calling.”

Watchman Nee said “I do not consecrate myself to be a missionary or a preacher. I consecrate myself to God to do His will where I am, be it in school, office, or kitchen, or wherever He may, in His wisdom, send me.”

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Yet we are woven together…

There is great diversity, yet there is ONE SPIRIT!

One Higher Purpose

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A Church is a Great Orchestra

Be Sure and Play your instrument

Don’t refuse to Play

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A Disciple Uses Gifts Graciously

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“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your

[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;

if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,

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do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully

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18 Spiritual Gifts mentioned in the Bible

These 7 are foundational

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What’s Your Gift?

Prophecy- proclaiming God’s Word for a response

Service- seeing a need and meeting it

Teaching- seeking to transform thought and behavior

Encouragement- ‘to impart courage’

Giving- gifting in a supernatural wayLeadership- organized chaosMercy- seeing hurt and acting on it

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How do you Find your Gift?

What do you enjoy? What are you naturally inclined to?

Do you get public support for something in particular?

Have you applied the spaghetti test?

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What can a totally committed church do? Anything!


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