THE MERCIES: Romans 12:1-8

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SCRIPTURE

ROMANS 12:1-8 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. 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.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

STUDY QUESTIONS

  1. Why is it important to understand what Paul is getting at when he uses the word “therefore” in verse1? How does the word “therefore” help us understand what Paul’s “appeal” is based on?
  2. In verse 1, what is Paul appealing to the Romans to do in light of the truth of the gospel he has unpacked in chapters 1-11? Try and restate the same appeal using different language.
  3. What does it mean to “be conformed to this world” in verse 2? According to verse 2, how can Christians be “transformed”? So then, how can we put our “minds” in a constant state of “renewal”?
  4. At the end of verse 2, Paul says we “may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” What are some bad ways to try and discern what the “will of God is”? What are good ways to discern what the “will of God is”?
  5. What are some ways that you are tempted to “think of [yourself] more highly than you ought to think,” like Paul warns against in verse 3? What does Paul mean, “think with sober judgement”? What do we learn about faith and who determines “the measure of faith” each Christian has at the end of verse 3?
  6. What is Paul getting at in in verses 4 and 5 and how is this illustration helpful to you?
  7. According to the first half of verse 6, how do Christians receive gifts? Do we all receive the same gifts? What are we to do with these gifts?
  8. Which of these gifts listed in verses 6-8 most stand out to you and why? Considering the list of gifts in verses 6–8, which do you think you possess? Which do you see in others? Try and be specific.
  9. How can you use your “gift[s] that differ according to the grace given to [you]” for the good of your local Church? Think about those that you are in community with. Who can you encourage to start using or keep using their gifts?

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