Chapter # 12 Paragraph # 2 Study # 1
February 9, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<566> Thesis: An initial problem with being obedient to Romans 12:1-2 is developing a "humility-cloaked" pride. Introduction: In our study last time we wound up our consideration of Paul's words in Romans 12:1-2 by looking into the promise that he made. He said that the outcome of submission to the three elements of his doctrine would result in a person's ability to "prove" what is the will of God. In our study, I tried to show that the word "prove" ultimately boils down to this: in the affairs of life, those who practice the principles given will be able to "discern" the particulars of the will of God. In other words, there is a promise here that God will show those, who wish to know, what He wants from them. For the serious child of God, there is no better promise anywhere because it comes with a provision for the actual execution of the revelation given. But, there are, as always, potential problems. Immediately upon giving the promise, Paul cautioned his readers in terms of "everyone who is among you." Because this "everyone" is so inclusive, I have concluded that the problem is pervasive. Therefore, this evening we are going to begin to look into Paul's "concern".