His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 18

Road Romans 15:8-33God’s gospel should affect our priorities in living: value the gospel! Romans 15:8-33

What a privilege to see God at work! It really is wonderful how Jesus Christ has been God’s servant to do God’s will. Through Christ God confirmed his promises given to Abraham about Israel. Through Christ God also showed mercy to the Gentiles – us! Through Christ God gets glory in all peoples.

Look! There are people of the nations praising the Lord together! What honor that brings to Christ! What a great work He has done! It is like God said through Isaiah about the Messiah, “In Him shall the nations hope.”

May the God of hope fill up your hearts and lives with every kind of joy and peace! You are God’s special people through God’s gospel! How great to have meaning to our living, and joy in being part of God’s plans! By faith, see these things as reality.

If we are believing in God, we will find great confidence for the present and the

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 17

Road Romans 15So, God’s gospel should change our lives! Romans 12:1-14:23

First God taught us His gospel of salvation. He then taught us that His gospel should change our view of life on earth. The past, present, and future are part of God working out His plans!

Now God has taught us that His gospel should affect our view of living. It is plain reasonable to be devoted to God for His will rather than living like people of this world. Discern God’s will, and be different – changed from the inside out to actually act like Christ!

Be available for God to use you how He wants. Serve in God’s assembly. Be sure you value other Christians. Serve the Lord with zeal. Love saints deeply. Be a peacemaker. Be submissive. Do not fight against authority. All of these things are like the Lord Jesus!

If you allow Christ to live His life in you, it will show in your words and ways. Walk in love that blesses others, like the Lord Jesus did. Do not walk in lusts like the lost around you.

Be willing to give up what you like if it will help someone else. Do not live to please yourself. Christ did not live to please Himself!

So God’s gospel should change our lives to look like Christ! We should not think or act like we used to. We should not walk and talk like this world. Do not feed the sin-controlled flesh in you! Put on the Lord Jesus Christ!

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 16

Road Romans 14:17 - 15:7Do not aim to please yourself, but aim to bless other saints Romans 14:17-15:7

Keep in mind that God is not so concerned about food and drink. Instead His interest is in right living and peaceful fellowship in Christ and joy in the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. These things are much greater than silly arguments! Be careful not to let ideas grow to be bigger in your mind than they really are.

So aim for peace between you and other Christians. Aim to help them grow in the Lord Jesus. Make sure your actions do not stir up fighting and arguing. Avoid causing your brother to stumble. He is the work of God! Treat him that way!

Perhaps you feel it is ok to do certain things that other Christians would not do. You believe God sees it as fine to do it. Before you do it, be sure you consider others. Will it cause a brother to stumble? If so, be willing to give it up. Be considerate.

Do not aim to please yourself. Each of us should

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 15

Road Romans 14:1-16Out of love, think of other saints in your actions Romans 14:1-16

This love for others must affect how you relate to other saints. You should welcome them in a loving way, like the Lord received us when we believed. If a Christian moves into your area, receive him even if he has some ideas about the Christian walk that you think are odd.

You should not welcome him with the goal of showing you know better than him. Perhaps he thinks Christians should not eat certain foods. Do not pick on him for this.

Or perhaps you think Christians should not eat certain foods. Do not think little of other Christians because they do eat them.

The Lord is our master. We need to be sure we do not take over His place as Lord. Each of us answers to the Lord.

In fact, we all will one day answer to God at His judgment seat after we die or the Lord Jesus comes back. We will have to

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 14

Road Romans 13:8-14

Walk in love like Christ, not lust Romans 13:8-14

Loving one another really is the point of the law. The law commands us not to steal, lust, kill or do other things that hurt our neighbor. Love aims to bless others, so love would not harm a neighbor. So by loving others, I am fulfilling God’s desire taught in the law.

We really should be people that

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 13

Stockholm Road Romans 12:14

 

Scripture: Romans 12:14-13:14

Be peaceful and submissive to authority Romans 12:14-13:7

In the Lord you can be peaceful, honest, patient and submissive. You do not need to prove yourself to be something special. All your value comes from God’s love for you!

So do not try to be

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 12

Winter Road Romans 12:9-13Serve the Lord diligently, with fervent love for the saints! Romans 12:9-13

Our devotion to God should really show! Devotion requires diligence. Do God’s will with great passion!

Serve the saints with deep love for them! Be genuine. Your love for others should be real, just like God’s love for us is real.

Have a deep desire to do what is right. If something is evil, do not have anything to do with it. If it is good, then wrap your arms around it!

See other Christians as brothers in Christ. You are part of God’s family now. So love them deeply and value them. Be the first one to tell others that you appreciate them.

Be diligent and fervent. Have a fire in your heart to serve the Lord! Do not be half-hearted. Be like the Lord Jesus who was sold out to do God’s will! He said, “Zeal for your house has eaten me up.” Doing God’s will consumed Him. He truly was a

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 11

Summer Road

 

Scripture: Romans 12:1-13

In desiring God’s will, realize you need other saints! Romans 12:3-8

As you seek to find out God’s will, realize that God has not given every spiritual ability to you. You were saved by God’s grace. You still need to depend on God’s grace.

Be careful not to think to highly of yourself. You are not the solution to every problem. God has chosen to given special, unique grace to each saint. So you need other brothers and sisters

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 10

Winter RoadThe gospel should affect our view of living: Devote yourself to God! Romans 12:1

If you are a saint of God by the mercy of God, then you should be all for God. God should control all of you. Let God use you how He wants. Listen to Paul urging us to give ourselves completely to God. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Oh dear brother in Christ, I beg you to respond to God’s heart of kindness and compassion! Put your body on the altar. Offer yourself to God. Yield your body to God to use. Give all of yourself!

It makes such good sense to give yourself over to God! Think of who you were when God loved you and gave Christ to die for you! How wonderful that God wanted you for Himself!

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His Gospel’s Effect: Lesson 9

RoadScripture: Romans 12:1-2

The gospel should affect our view of life on earth: God is over all! Romans chapter 9 – 11

By thinking about Israel, we have seen that God is sovereign. That means that He is over all. This gospel of grace shows that all is of God. It is of His mercy that Gentiles are saved today. It is of His mercy that Israel as a nation will be saved in the future.

We saw that Israel has disobeyed God’s message of righteousness by faith. That is why they have been cast away and blinded. But their fall is not final, because God has made promises that He will fulfill. The nation of Israel as a whole will be restored in the future. And all glory will go to God!

So in chapters 9 to 11 we see that God’s gospel should affect our view of life on earth: God has plans. Things that happen are not random. God is a living God who is at work. God is over history and the future.

A few major effects of God’s gospel should be that we:

  1. Recognize God is above all. Let God be God.
  2. Respond to God’s word. Obey His message!
  3. Realize God has plans for mankind. Know Israel has a future.
  4. Rejoice to be part of God’s plans! Live like a saint.

Israel has a future by God’s mercy, and we are who we are by God’s mercy! By God’s mercy we are part of the Lord’s eternal purposes!

We who believed the gospel have the privilege of now being saints – God’s holy people! This should change my view of who I am!

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