New Series Beginning this Weekend: “Grace Church” – A Series on Romans 12-16
The gospel of Christ not only brings good news of God’s grace for undeserving people, it also transforms the way we relate to each other and our world.
Read: Romans 12:1-8
When we experience God’s mercy, we are now free to offer ourselves to him. Our thinking is transformed and we view others through the perspective of grace
God has given you a body – Offer it! (Romans 12:1)
What does it mean to be a living sacrifice? Present our bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God
God has given you a mind – Renew it! (Romans 12:2)
God has given you a gift – Use it! (Romans 12:3-8)
MAIN IDEA: In view of God’s mercy, we can offer ourselves to Him and use our gifts to serve Him.
CONNECTING: In your group talk about what are ways the world tries to “squeeze you into its mold”? What are things you can do to resist it?
Read Romans 12:1-8. Share what spoke to your heart the most from the Word of God in these Scriptures. What questions do you have?
UNDERSTANDING: Read Romans 12:1. How would you explain to someone what it means “to present your bodies as a living sacrifice?” How can you present your body as a living sacrifice in everyday life? How does this relate to using the spiritual gifts God has given you? What does this verse add to your understanding of what is true worship?
Read Romans 12:2. What practices in your life help you work with God to transform your mind so you don’t conform to the world? What are some specific ways your thinking may be renewed? Read Colossians 3:16 and Philippians 4:8 for additional insights on what we can fill our mind with and focus on.
LIVING: Read Romans 12:3-8. How should this passage affect your thinking and actions with regard to your function and worth in the body of Christ? Do you think humility is essential in the exercise of spiritual gifts and what can happen if it’s neglected or forgotten?
Pastor Robin said, “If you’ve placed your faith in Jesus Christ you are a minister.” Do you agree that every Christian is a minister? Defend why you think the way you do from Scripture. What do you think are some of the reasons why Christians don’t use the spiritual gifts God has given them? Compare your thoughts with I Corinthians 12:1, and I Timothy 4:14.
ASSIGNMENT: Identify one way you are conforming to this world and ask the Holy Spirit to transform your mind. Partner up with someone else and memorize Romans 12:1-2 together.
Take the G.I.F.T.S. assessment which will help you will learn more about your gifts, your personality, and how God has wired you to serve and use your gifts. Take the assessment HERE
To reach more people with the good news of Christ, Stonebridge Church is live streaming the message portion of our services every Sunday morning at 11:05 AM: [watch.stonebridge.live]
If you’re new to Stonebridge and would like to know more about who we are and what we believe, make plans to join us for Starting Point Café on January 28th! Register HERE
Chris August will be in concert on Feb. 8th at Stonebridge. Get your tickets online or at the Welcome Desk