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Living Sacrifices, Part II - by Michael Phillips
Study in Romans - Part 21
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Romans 12:9-21
Mar 20, 2011 am - With God's blessing, we will continue our study of Romans 12. The chapter is heavy with commandments. Depending on how you count them, there's between fifteen and thirty of them here, and every one of them is to be taken seriously. They are orders, not suggestions; they come from Jesus Christ, not Paul; and He wants us to keep them, all of them, all the time, and from the heart. When we don't keep them, the Lord wants us to confess our sins, seek His forgiveness-and get back to work! I know, some people cal this 'legalism', but our Savior calls it 'discipleship'- If you continue in my word, you are my disciples indeed. Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord', and do not do the things that I say? In First Century Judaism, 'discipleship' was not something one applied for; he was called to it. Who would follow the rabbi was the rabbi's decision, and not the follower's. Some of the rabbis were very fine men and teachers, but that's all they were: men. This means they could teach their students, set a good example, and pray for them every day, but they could not guarantee success. Some of their disciples would stop following them and fall into immorality, heresy, or apathy and never get out ... More >>>

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