Lesson Overview: Romans 11:1-36
This is lesson 2 of 6 in Living Sacrifices.
- Main Point of the Passage: Paul commanded Christians to offer themselves in service to God in light of his mercy toward them.
- Main Point of the Lesson: Christians must offer themselves in service to God because he has shown mercy to them.
- Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will discover areas of their lives that aren’t submitted to God and submit those areas.
- Key Verse: Romans 12:1, “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.”
- Word Studies: Present in Romans 12:1
To prepare for this lesson, write your own answers to each of the questions below. You will share some of your answers with the group, but make it your goal to talk less than 20% of the Bible study time. Ask the questions, listen to your group, and let them carry the Bible study. You’ll be amazed.
Once everyone in your group is sitting in a circle, say, “Here’s the first question. Everyone answers the first question, and it’s just for fun.” Then read the first question, pause, and listen to your group’s answers.
Smile Question: Where would you spend the winter if you could spend it anywhere besides home?
Share Question: Tell about a time you were happy to serve someone because of what they had done for you.
Introduce the Passage: In light of God’s mercy toward us, Christians must offer themselves in service to God. In the first verse of this passage, Paul said, “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.”
- Optional: Have a member of your group either recite the passage or give a detailed summary of the passage.
- Optional: Have a member of your group present their word study on the following word(s): Present in Romans 12:1
Study Question: As we read Romans 12:1–21, let’s look for answers to this question: what does a person do differently when they offer themselves in service to God?
Connect-the-Dots Question: If you grouped the answers from the previous question into categories, what categories would you have?
Count-the-Cost Question: Which of these commands could have the most transforming effect on your life?
Let’s-Do-It Question: If God were to highlight one of the verses in this passage for you, which verse do you think it would be?
Prayer: Father, thank you for your mercy to us. By your Spirit empower us to live our lives as an offering to you.