Sacrificial and Generous Living and Giving (Romans 12:1-8)

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet1923 book of Prose poetry by Lebanese American

  1. Sacrifice is a response to the Gospel (Rom 12:1)
    1. Earnest appeal with affirmative response expected
    2. Sacrifice ought to be willing
      1. Holiness is possible
      2. Renouncing ourselves is implied
    3. Spiritual worship – only response that make any sense
  2. The opposite of sacrifice is worldliness (Rom 12:2)
    1. Don’t be pressed into worldly service
    2. Don’t Behave like the world (Mt 20:25, Lk 3:14, Lk 3:11)
  3. Sacrifice happens by renewal of the mind which affects action (Rom 12:2)
    1. Transformation – Becoming something New
    2. New way of thinking, perceiving (Ps 46:10, 119)
  4. Sacrifice forms people who
    1. Humble not egoholic think with sober judgment (Rom 12:3)
    2. Recognize the unity of the body, interconnectedness (Rom 12:4)
    3. Discern God’s will (Rom 12:2)
    4. Recognize the diversity of the body (Rom 12:4, 6-8)


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