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    'United We Win', by Anne Baker

    August 28, 2018

    Romans 12: 1-8

    Intro

    • Romans 12:1-8, shows us how to prepare for the future.
    • Content: from Apostle Paul, written down by Tertius (Rom. 16:22).

    Verses

    Romans 12:1

    • Rom. Chs. 1-11 give many examples of God’s mercy & grace.
    • “Bodies” means ‘whole selves’: Offering our bodies = avoiding things not pleasing to God (Rom. 6:1-2).

     Romans 12:2

    • Be a nonconformist; “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”; old things not pleasing to God are gone > we have new desires and goals (2 Cor. 5:17).

     Romans 12:3

    • God’s spiritual gifts should not be a source of personal pride; Christ was humble and gentle, we should be too (Matt. 21: 5).

     Romans 12:4-5

    • The metaphor of the church as the body of Christ suggests the importance of unity (Psalm 133:1; Eph. 4:3); one person cannot fulfill God’s purposes alone.

     Romans 12:6a

    • It’s important to perform the ministry function that our gift enables us to do (1 Cor. 1:7; Eph. 4:8).

     Romans 12:6b

    Prophecy

    • 1 Cor. 14:3 says, “But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort”. Many books of Major and Minor prophets in Bible.
    • Deborah was the wife of Lappidoth > she was leading Israel at the time (Judges 4:4). She decided disputes (vs 5); she accompanied Barak when he prepared for battle (vs. 8-9)
    • Huldah was a prophet in Jerusalem (2 Kings 22: 14 & 2 Chron 34:22).
    • In the New Testament, there’s Anna. Her story is found in Luke 2:36.

     Romans 12:7

     Serving

    • The gift of serving allows believers to fill in ministry gaps and meet needs of church (Acts 6: 1-7; 1 Cor. 16: 15-16).
    • Steven distributed food (Acts 6: 5) to widows; performed signs & wonders (8); spoke wisdom (10); witnessed to Sanhedrin (Acts 7).
    • Paul says Tryphena, Tryphosa and Persis worked very hard in the Lord (Rom. 16:12),
    • Phoebe in Romans 16:1 is called a Deacon.

     Teaching

    • Christ was called ‘Teacher’ (Luke 20:39; Matt. 22:36); the apostles also teachers.
    • Junia is called an Apostle in Romans 16:7 and is likely female.
    • Priscilla and Aquila—husband and wife team—taught many (Acts 18:26; Rom. 16:3).

     Romans 12:8

     Gift of Encouraging/exhorting

    • The gift of encouragement/exhortation was used to strengthen and encourage those wavering in their faith, to uplift and motivate others as well as challenge and rebuke in order to foster spiritual growth (Acts 14:21-22; Titus 1:9).
    • Barnabas is an example (Acts 11:22-24); Judas and Silas encouraged and strengthened believers (Acts: 15:32); Paul tells Titus how to use this gift (Titus 1 and 2); he tells Timothy also in 2 Tim. 4; Paul & Barnabus (Acts 14:21-22).

     The gift of Giving

    • The gift of giving involves sharing resources generously & cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7)
    • Joanna, Suzanna and many others helped support Jesus and the disciples (Luke 8:3).
    • Also, in Mark 12:41-44, we hear Jesus praise the widow’s offering

     Gift of Leading

    • A person with this gift leads relationally and has a deep concern for the care and well-being of others (Luke 6:39-40; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; 5:17).

     Gift of Showing mercy

    • People with this gift need to be sensitive to people’s feelings and circumstances (Matt. 5:7; Luke 10:30-37; James 3:17; Jude 22-23; Rom. 12:9-21; Gal. 6:1-2).
    • A woman, in Acts 7:36, named Tabitha (Dorcas in Greek) had this gift.

     Conclusion

    • More gifts are named in 1 Corinthians; everyone has one or more gifts.

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