Sermon – October 19, 2014

Transformed  Living Sermon SeriesBobo, Margie and a Good Sister“, by Rev. Tom Duley

Sermon Series: Treasures of the Transformed Life

Service is not an option, an add-on, or a follow-up in the kingdom of God. It is the very heart of who we are as God’s people. If we are not serving, we have not properly understood the gospel.

God has given gifts to everyone in the church to empower them to do something; to serve in some way. Nobody is without gifts for service. The question to ask ourselves is not “what gifts do I have”, but rather “where am I being called to serve?”

~Tom Duley

The Word

Romans 12:1-13

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

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