Chapter # 12 Paragraph # 3 Study # 1
April 27, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<586> Thesis: "Love" can only actually exist by faith. Introduction: Paul, having set the two largest priorities for the Romans in 12:1-8, immediately began to fill in the gaps. The greatest of all practical priorities is the determination to present one's body to God once and for all as a living sacrifice to Him and His will. The second greatest of these priorities is the commitment to living out the grace/faith function which being redeemed has established. These two large priorities are grand in scope, but require a good bit of explanation in terms of the details. This evening we are going to begin to look at the details. The first is 12:9, a two-fold injunction of the same basic principle. The first is a straightforward demand; the second is a methodological demand that, if obeyed, makes the first a reality. At issue, according to the text, is an unhypocritical love.