By Eric Taylor
Pastor, Cedar Hill Baptist Church, Cedar Hill
Focal Passage: Romans 12:3-16
The epistle of Romans is often called Paul’s theological treatise concerning salvation and God’s work of grace. However, when you arrive at chapter 12, the apostle’s message moves from the theological to the practical. One could say that Romans 12 begins Paul’s practical application of the gospel he declared in Romans 1-11. And in our lesson for this week, we are encouraged to practically apply the gospel by exhibiting a faithful commitment to Christ’s church.
First, our commitment to the church is seen in the fact that we believe we are one body in Christ (v. 5). In other words, we are to be a united body of believers, marked by humility and mutual respect (v. 3). Matter of fact, from the very first words of this chapter, you see the language of unity. [Read more…]