Questions for Pondering — August 27, 2017
Sermon Title: be the church: Live by grace
Sermon Text: romans 12:1-8
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7 ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8 the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.
12th Sunday after Pentecost
We are people of grace. All that we have, all that we are, and all that we do is by the grace of God. If it were not for God on our side, many of us would find life much more difficult, if not impossible. The church exists to be the example of God’s grace. We are to demonstrate this grace in standing with those who are suffering various kinds of pressures that keep them from experiencing joy and fullness in God. If it were not for God graciously giving each of us various gifts, the church would not be able to exist. So the church must work together and create room for everyone to share their gifts and talents.
Questions to Ponder:
- We are commended to discern the will of God and not to just conform to the ways of the world. It is God’s grace that has given us gifts to use in the body for the building up of each other. In what ways does the grace of God live amongst people? How are we to value the different gifts and talents God gives to different people?
- In what ways have you discerned how God has gifted you for the purpose of building up the body? How is the grace of God lived out in you?