The Logical Response to God's Love

Posted on 03/10/19 by John Lindell in The Book of Romans

In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares a transforming sermon titled, “The Logical Response to God’s Love.” Join us as we study Romans 12:1-2 and learn how we can respond to God’s love by sacrificially using our bodies to serve and glorify Him. Our prayer is that this message would encourage you to serve God and display His mercy to everyone around you!

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The Logical Response to God’s Love

1st The rationale for our service: the mercies of God

Romans 12:1a ESV
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God

Justification is the act of God whereby the sinner is given faith to believe, receives forgiveness of all sin, and is assigned the righteousness of Christ.

Romans 11:33 MSG
Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out.

Romans 11:36 MSG
Everything comes from him; Everything happens through him; Everything ends up in him. Always glory! Always praise! Yes. Yes. Yes.

2nd The response of our service: the sacrifice of our body

Romans 12:1 ESV
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.

Romans 12:1 JBP
With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give Him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to Him and acceptable by Him.

1 Peter 2:11 NKJV
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,

Romans 12:1 ESV
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.

Romans 6:12-13 ESV
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

Romans 12:1 ESV
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.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Romans 12:1 ESV
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 Corinthians 2:15 ESV
For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing

Psalm 141:2 GNT
Receive my prayer as incense, my uplifted hands as an evening sacrifice.

3rd The restoration in our service: a renewed mind

Romans 12:2a ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,

Romans 12:2a ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,

Romans 12:1-2a JBP
With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give Him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to Him and acceptable by Him. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-mold your minds from within…

Romans 12:2a ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,

Mark 9:2-3 ESV
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.

Romans 12:2a ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,

2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Romans 12:2a ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,

Titus 3:5 NIV
he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

4th The result of your service: discern God’s will

Romans 12:2 ESV
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.

Romans 12:1-2 NKJV
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.