What is a disciple? What does an authentic disciple of Jesus look like?
Romans 12 is like an “Executive Summary” (i.e., the SparkNotes or Cliff Notes) of what a fully mature follower of Jesus looks like. It’s the synthesis of Jesus’ teaching on discipleship. The Apostle Paul focuses on relationships–with God, with this world’s values, with yourself, with other followers of Christ, with unbelievers–and reinforces the essentialness of Grace.
In Romans 12, we find Paul offering specific, practical, and measurable instructions on becoming the exact devoted follower of Christ, Jesus himself has called us to be.
In this series of messages entitled “All In!” we’re deep diving into Romans 12 which gives us a very clear picture of who God created us to be and how to cooperate with His supernatural work of transformation so we become our truest selves.
OUR THEME SCRIPTURE:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)