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This week we explore the question, “What does it look like to BE the church?”
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Read Romans 12:1-2:
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. 2 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.
Read the above passage several times. What words stand out to you? Is there something you see or notice in this passage for the first time? What is the general theme of this passage? What do you think Paul is trying to communicate?
In your opinion, why is Romans 12:1-2 important to answering the question, “What does it look like to BE the church?”
In what ways have you experienced God’s mercy? Are there times when it is easy for you to respond to others with mercy? When is it difficult to respond to others from God’s mercy?
Consider that we may all have a list of circumstances we believe warrant God’s mercy and a list of circumstances where we feel justified in withholding God’s mercy. What does it mean to view all things through the lens of God’s mercy?
When Jesus was asked, “What is the most important command?” He responded not with a list of dos and don’ts but by framing His will for us in terms of relationships. He said, “Love God and love each other.” How does this framework safeguard us from conforming to the patterns of this world? How does this framework help us renew our minds?
Asking for help and allowing ourselves to be vulnerable is healthy, not only for ourselves but for our community. Not only that, it is central to showing the world who Jesus is. What things do you need help with? What are ways you can help?
Can you give an example of a time when you asked for help and/or provided help? Was it significant to you or the ones you served? In what way does asking for help safeguard us from conforming to the patterns of this world? How does asking for help renew our minds?
We encourage you to check out Daily Steps, our companion devotional guide for individual reflection, prayer, and meditation on related Scripture selections throughout the week!