The final chapters of Paul’s letter shift from teaching to exhortation. Make a list of the imperatives that he uses to encourage his beloved Roman Christians to grow in their commitment to Christ.
The essence of Jewish worship was animal sacrifice. Paul takes this concept and urges his listeners to have their bodies become a “living sacrifice.”
Similar to his thought in 1 Corinthians 12, Paul reminds his people that their oneness in the body of Christ means that they belong to one another. It is Paul’s way of stating a truth found in the very beginning of the Bible about Cain and Abel: you are your brother’s keeper. Spiritual gifts unique to each person are described just as Paul did in that same chapter of 1 Corinthians.
When you conclude the reading, rest … wait … write what further exhortations the Spirit may be expressing from deep within.
What are these?
The renewing of my mind 12:1
Members of one another 12:5
Holding fast to what is good 12:9
Living peaceably with all 12:18
This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.(The first week occurred at the end of the season of Epiphany.)
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
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