A Ling Sacrifice

Intro

A Living Sacrifice

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Ro 12:1–2)


Illustration


Mind

  • Why does Paul say that we are living sacrifices? What does that mean? Why is that a paradox?

  • What does it mean for us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind? Where do we get the information that we need? How diligent are you at seeking this knowledge and testing it?


Motive

  • Where does worship come from? Look at the text closely.

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Ro 12:1–2)



Think of these three words as you answer the following questions: Mind, Body, Spirit.

  • Where is true worship motivated from?

  • How do we know what is right to worship?

  • What does a proper response in worship look like?


Memory Verse

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Rom. 12:2).



Mission


Worship


Prayer

Engage you mind (use God’s word), pray to your Father (in the Spirit), and obey in joy (body).


Further Study