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A Living Sacrifice (Romans 12:1

1 January 2017
Pastor Art Brammer, Tay Street Baptist Church
I. The basis of the directive: “the mercies of God.”
We are saved by the mercies of God (Lam 3:22; Rom 6:23).
II. The elements of the directive: “present your bodies [as] a
living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God.”
A. God wants us to voluntarily offer ourselves to Him.
1. To “present your bodies” means to make your body
(yourself) available to God for whatever He wants.
2. The apostle Paul called himself the ‘slave’ of Jesus.
B. God wants us to be a “living sacrifice,” not a ‘dead’ one.
He wants us to serve Him (Gal 2:20).
C. God wants us to be “holy”…that is what is “acceptable” to Him.
OT sacrifices were “without blemish or spot.”
1. When our text says to “present your bodies,” the verb
indicates that this is a ‘once-for-all’ action. It is like the
marriage vows.
2. When you consecrate your body to Christ you are
giving Him something He can use: Rom 6:11-13.
III. The Results of the directive: “reasonable service.”
A. It is reasonable that you should present your bodies to Him for
“you were bought at a price” (1 Cor 6:19-20).
B. This leads to reasonable service.
You may not know where the will of God will lead you, but it
will always be “reasonable.”
In the light of eternity, serving Christ is the only reasonable
thing to do.
IV. Example: Mary & Joseph