In View of God’s Mercy

Downtown Church sermon from April 11, 2010 by David Mathews.  This is part of our series called Our Radical Response to God and covers Romans 12:1-2.

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Small Group Questions

Pendulum Swings

As you begin your Small Group this week … “Choose your top 3 … ”

“… books from your childhood.”

“… memories with your grandparents.”

“… names of God.”

“… ways to live a life of love toward others.”

1. READ & LEARN:  Romans 12:1-2

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2. God’s relentless pursuit should result in our radical response to him. Paul begins Romans 12 by saying – ‘Therefore, I urge you in view of God’s mercy…’ (See also Romans 3:20-31)  Discuss God’s mercy – and how His mercy – plays a part in our response to Him.  Why, and in what ways, do we struggle with accepting God’s mercy on our lives?

3. Why is it ultimately futile to keep trying to get out of the ‘pit’ by (y)our own efforts?  Discuss the effect this, ‘your own efforts’, has had on your personal spiritual growth.

4. READ: Romans 12:1 “… offer your bodies as living sacrifices”… i.e., do so INTENTIONALLY.  How intentional have you been in doing this?  In what ways has being unintentional or intentional helped, or hindered, you in offering yourself ‘as a living sacrifice’?  What intentional things have you done that have helped you be a living sacrifice?

5. The last point of today’s sermon was that of offering ourselves as an ‘individual’ offering.  In what ways do you agree or disagree with this?  How can comparing ourselves to others help or hinder us as we strive to live a sacrificial life?