Rewired, Part 4, Aug 14, 2011

Rom. 12:1-11 – renewing your mind by digging into God’s Word
v. 1 – we can react as either carnal man, natural man, or spiritual man
– everything I have belongs to God, I am to present it all to Him
v. 2 – being transformed – meditating on the Word, not just reading it (Prov. 4:5-6). Don’t be conformed but have discipline
v.3 – grace has been given to every person. I’m not better than anyone else. The level of faith varies, but don’t pass judgement. How can I help other’s faith grow?
v. 4-5 – we all have different functions in the body of Christ. We can’t all think our gift is the answer to every problem.
v. 6 – don’t judge others, we all have different ifts and levels according to the grace given to each of us.
v.8 – most mercy people aren’t cheerful (like Mary and Martha). Work hard to have a cheerful attitude.
v.9 – be sincere in love (not hypocritical or two-faced).  A renewed mind forgives.
– must hate what is evil and cling to what is good (both) at the same time
v.10 – devoted – not a casual commitment. Honoring others above myself goes against the world’s values. Renew your mind by honoring others.
v.11 – keep your spiritual fervor – take responsibility for my own spiritual growth, and ask for help when I need it.