Chapter # 12 Paragraph # 1 Study # 5
February 2, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<564> Thesis: The ability to live out the pleasure of God is directly linked to one's voluntary submission of one's body to God as a "living sacrifice". Introduction: In our studies to date in respect to the issue of Romans 12:1-2, we have seen that Paul urges a commitment to God, rooted in the understanding of His mercies, that, in a most fundamental way, takes one into a "hands off" approach to living. However, in a direct contrast to our general understanding of that "hands off" approach (wherein we seek only to do the will of God), Paul urges an intense "hands on" involvement in the process: we are to deliberately refuse to be pushed into the "position" that "this age" has taken in regard to deciding what is valuable and what is true, and we are to deliberately subject our minds to the processes of "renewal" so that we may actually be "living sacrifices". This evening we are going to look into what Paul's goal was in his summons. It was his desire that his readers be able to "prove what is the will of God". We are going to look into what is involved and why that was Paul's goal.