Romans Chapter 12

by Wayne Stender

Opening video

Closing video

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The 12th chapter starts with “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters…” Romans 1-11 spends a lot of time showing how both Jews and non-Jews are sinners and have redemption and promise for restoration in Jesus.

If Paul was writing to your church, who would be the people you don’t agree with or have a hard time with?

List 5 ways you and the people you listed are “on the same team”.

Paul’s next phrase says, “…in view of God’s mercy”. God finds you not guilty of your sins because of the justification you have in Jesus Christ. Your sins are resolved between God and Jesus, and because of the justice of God, he would never ask for a double payment. God would never receive the finished work of Jesus on the Cross and over the grave as a payment for your sins, and then demand that you do something to pay or restore things that you have messed up. God is just, and the mercy of God is to accept a payment for your sins that you did not earn or deserve.

If we asked your best friend to describe you, what 3 specific things would they list as characteristics that define you (athletic, smart, african-american, white, hungry…etc.)?

What changes for you when Paul says that “in view of God’s mercy” you are defined? Are the things your best friend says about you things you do or did? How is your identity in Jesus’ mercy different from the identity you listed from your best friend?

Jesus died for everyone, and that unites you with all humans. Paul tells us, as people who know that our unity and common unity (community) is under the banner of being loved by Jesus, to offer our bodies as living sacrifices to God. In the video we outlined the Trinity to show our identity and God’s mercy for humankind. Read Hebrews 2:17-18.

Knowing that you hold the image of Jesus, what does Hebrews 2:17-18 tell you about the image you inherit from Christ?

What are three characteristics of Jesus that you are attracted to; that you want to hold to define you?

Paul is real. He understands the plight of reminding ourselves where we have our identity. He tells us to not conform, but to be transformed by renewing our mind.

Where do you find yourself best reminded of your identity in Jesus?

What is one action or place you want to engage to strengthen your faith and remind you of your identity in Jesus?

Who is one person you’re going to talk to about this study to ask you to hold to your identity in Christ?

The rest of Paul’s letter talks about ways of living out your faith for your neighbor. What skills has God given you to be an active part of your (1) youth group, your (2) church, and your (3) school {Reference Romans 12:3-8}?

Romans 12 closes with a call to love. How is love an active agent in the relationship of God? How does understanding the unity of love in the Trinity drive you to have love for your neighbor?

In closing, spend a few minutes sharing your thoughts on this Gospel-oriented view of mercy and service. 1) Your identity if found in God. 2) You have separation from God because of the brokenness of the world and you pursuing other desires. 3) You have restored relationship with God through the complete and satisfactory payment for your brokenness. 4) That payment covers you by Jesus Christ, who has given his life as payment to God. God does not accept a double-payment for your brokenness because He is just. 5) You have unity with the world as a broken person whom God has restored and loves. 6) Bearing God’s identity, and Jesus payment for your sins, you now are called to be Christ-like with others, caring for them and loving them with where God has placed you 7) Your good deeds are not done for God, but flow from your identity in Jesus Christ. Your good deeds don’t earn you anything with God, but show God, yourself, and the world where you believe your identity is.  Your neighbor needs your good deeds.