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The Christian Life 101

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Introduction

What is life all about?
Life is all about the Christian life?
What are the callings of the Christian life?
PRAY
Romans 12:1–2 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. 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.

The Christian Life is Based on the Favor of God

I appeal to you therefore - Paul makes a plea to the Romans to do what he is telling them to do. He is earnestly encouraging them to listen to him.
Brothers - He is speaking to the church that is Rome. This is group of believers. He is calling them to live as a Christian should. He is not making this request to those that are still dead in trespasses and sin. Are you are brother? Are you are child of God?
Brothers -
By the mercies of God - The context for the plea that the Apostle is making is the mercy of God or the mercy that have its source in God. It is the favor of the divine Being upon his children. The mercies of God have been laid out by the Apostle in chapters 1-11. The demand of the Christian life must be encouraged and empowered by the favor of God. If one were to attempt to live out the demands of God without the mercy of God, it would be an utter failure. We need to grow in our understanding of the finished work of Christ in order to live out the Christian life.
Galatians 2:20 ESV
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
By the mercies of God -

The Christian Life Calls Us to Die

To present your bodies as a living sacrifice - The command is to make a continual offering of our person to God. Our life is to be lived dead to self and alive to God. Paul uses the language of the OT sacrificial system. Our offering to God is our very existence.
Luke 9:23 ESV
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Luke 9:

Galatians 2:20 ESV
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

The Christian Life Calls Us to Please God

Holy and acceptable to God - The language here is of consecration or being set apart for the use of God in a way that is pleasing to him. When we offer ourselves to our Creator and Redeemer in this way, he approves of the sacrifice.
Which is your spiritual worship - The offering is what is expected from us by God. You can translate this as it is your reasonable service to God. When we live for God, we are living in the full purpose for which we were made.
holy and acceptable to God
God deserves to have all of us. God demands to have all of us. God delights to have all of us.
Revelation 5:9 ESV
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,

The Christian Life Calls Us to Reject Fallen Forces

Do not be conformed to this world - Make sure that you are not fashioned together with the pattern of this fallen system on the earth. Do not be squeezed into the mold of this world’s ways. Avoid the desire to do, the desire to have and the desire to be.
1 John 2:15–17 ESV
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

The Christian Life Calls Us to a Radical Change of Thought

But be transformed - In contrast to being fashioned and shaped by the world and its ways, be completely changed. This is the word where we get metamorphosis. This transformation is the total progressive change into another type of person. The power is provided by another. What is the path of this transformation?
But be transformed
By the renewal of your mind - To be transformed, there must be a making new or a renovation of the mind. Our minds are the trigger point to a new life lived from God.
Colossians 3:1–17 ESV
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians
Colossians 3:16 ESV
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
By the renewal of your mind

The Christian Life Calls Us to Wisdom

That by testing you may discern - When one has a renewed mind, they are able to prove, test or distinguish clearly the most important reality. What is this? What would God have me to do? We will have wisdom in what we should do.
That by testing you may discern what is the will of God
What is the will of God - The will of God in this case is what God would have be to do. This is not primarily about subjective, disconnected decisions. More on this in a moment.

The Christian Life Calls Us to Maturity

What is good and acceptable and perfect - The will of God is in fact what is profitable, useful and excellent. It is what is pleasing to God. It is what it complete and not lacking in any way.
2 Timothy 3:16–17 ESV
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

The Christian Life Calls Us to Community

The Christian Life Calls Us to Community

Romans 12:3–13 ESV
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. Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Romans 12:3-

The Christian Life Calls Us to Be Counter-Cultural

Romans 12:14
Romans 12:14–21 ESV
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
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