Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
For our first study, we will look at Rom. 12:1-2. There is so much depth here, and I strongly encourage you to take the time this week to unpack these verses, think about them, and listen to what God is saying to you throughout the week. Write it all down, regardless of how long or short it may be. There is something about disciplining yourself to actually write down your answers and thoughts. It will be that much more effective for you. Go with me on this journey and try it out, and let’s compare notes at the end of each week. You have a full week to work through it, so take your time and enjoy the process. I will publish my answers every Monday, one week after I post the questions. Feel free to reach out to me anytime if you have any questions or get stuck.
- What is the Book of Romans and who wrote it?
- Who was the original audience (recipients of the writing)?
- When was it written and where was the likely place of writing?
- What was the likely purpose/reason for the writing?
- What is the overall theme of Romans?
- What is the significance of the word “Therefore” at the beginning of this passage?
- What is meant by “in view of God’s mercy?” What is the significance of mercy here?
- In Greek, the word “offer” is paristemi (transliterated). Try to research the potential meanings of this word as used in the New Testament? What does it really mean in the context of this passage?
- What did the following phrases mean to the audience at the time of this writing? Think about these phrases from their perspective.
- “living sacrifice”
- “true and proper worship”
- “conform to the pattern of this world”
- “renewing your mind”
- What was the connection between “renewing your mind” and being “transformed?”
- What did it mean to “test and approve” God’s will? Look it up in other versions and research it.
The So What?
- Why did it matter to understand the importance of the word “Therefore” here? How does that add to the immediate context of these two verses?
- Given what you have learned so far, what did it mean for the original readers not to be conformed to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of their minds (importance and impact on their lives)?
- Based on your research, was the author helping his audience discern God’s will for their lives?
The Now What?
- List the top 3 ways that this passage spoke to you this week?
- Pick at least one of these and think about how you would go about living it out in your life.
- Do you find yourself going along with the ways and teachings of the world? If so, how, and what should you do about it?
- What does it mean to you personally to be transformed by the renewing of your mind?
- Based on what you have learned and what the Holy Spirit has placed on your heart this week, what must you do to align with the will of God in your own life?
If you have questions or suggestions, please let me know. May God bless you this week as you study His word.