Great Chapters: Romans 12

Romans is a very “theological / doctrinal” book explaining how the gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who believe (Romans 1:16). The details of God’s way of salvation is developed in chapters 1-11.

Romans chapter 12 is the beginning of the “practical / everyday living” section of the book.

Similar to what we saw last week in Psalm 23, Romans 12 begins with a general statement about the life we are to live. How does verse 1 sum up the Christian’s commitment? What does this mean? Paul calls this commitment our “reasonable service”. Why is this a reasonable response to the gospel?

Browse through the rest of the chapter looking specific examples of how we be a “living sacrifice”. For example, what specific behaviors do you see in these verses:

4-8 –

11 –

13 –

17-21 –

What does this analysis of Romans 12 teach about the relationship of doctrine and practical living?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. We will review this material together Wednesday Night at 7 pm on Facebook Live and Zoom.

3 thoughts on “Great Chapters: Romans 12

  1. 1. A living sacrifice of self is a reasonable response to the gospel when we understand and believe everything God has done for us.

    V4-8. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses but everyone’s ability matters and should be appreciated

    v11. Remember always what God has done for you and don’t let your appreciation wane

    v13. Practice hospitality to all

    v17-21 I have been redeemed. Treat others as mercifully as God has treated me.

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  2. vs 4-8. We all have different abilities and strengths. We use these as a living sacrifice with humility and service to God.

    vs 11. A command to use our abilities with zeal in our service to God

    vs 13. Our sacrifice should always be directed to the good of others not ourselves.

    vs 17-21. Even in times of ridicule from others we should not lash out or retaliate. A soft answer or no answer at all helps to live in peace. Even our enemies need to be treated respectfully and good in hope to win them to Christ.

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  3. vs 4-8. We all have different abilities and strengths. We use these as a living sacrifice with humility and service to God.

    vs 11. A command to use our abilities with zeal in our service to God

    vs 13. Our sacrifice should always be directed to the good of others not ourselves.

    vs 17-21. Even in times of ridicule from others we should not lash out or retaliate. A soft answer or no answer at all helps to live in peace. Even our enemies need to be treated respectfully and good in hope to win them to Christ.

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