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Preparing for Sunday - Romans 12:3-13

What a Healthy Church Values

Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together.

You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life, and in our corporate body.

Carefully Think

  • Read Rom 12:1-21. The mercies of God are that he selected and saved us in spite of our sin and rebellion against him (Rom 1-11). This passage informs those God has rescued how they should now live.
  • “think, think, think” (v. 3) Are we to be active or passive in this process?
  • “individually members one of another” (v. 5) How well does a body part operate independently from the rest of the body? How well does the rest of the body do when one of its parts decides to go haywire?
  • “according to the grace given us” (v. 6.) Just as different organs in a human body perform different functions, different gifts in Christ’s body, the church, fulfill different needs. Are you using your graciously given gifts to love Christ’s bride?
  • Do you think vv. 7-8 are a complete list of spiritual gifts, or a set of examples?
  • What is the general command in vv. 9-13? What are the specifics? Would you have thought of those specifics if you only had the general command?

Prayerfully Meditate

  • Do you depend on others at Summit Woods like you depend on your eyes? Are you presenting yourself to God as an organ required for the health of Christ’s body at Summit Woods Baptist Church?
  • God’s Word says that we are not independent, but interdependent. How does this thought make you feel? Do you want to be the exception to the rule?
  • Is it harder for you to give help, or receive it? Don’t healthy organs in a body do both? Where do you need to ask for help and support? Where might you provide it?

Intentionally Act

  • Pray for the unity of our body at SWBC, that we would be mutually supporting as God designed.
  • Pray for the humility to live an interdependent life as a member of the Body of Christ
  • Pray for the willingness to present your whole body a living sacrifice, and the joy that it brings.
  • Pray that the Word would be preached from our pulpit, to gain understanding with a spirit of wisdom and revelation, that we are not only convicted of seeing our sin, but even more we would repent and see a perfect and holy God more glorious than all and seek to worship him in truth and love.
  • Pray for those who will be leading our gathering this week: Dawson Bryant, music; Todd Arnold, Elders' prayer and Scripture reading; Brandon Ferguson, teaching.
  • Prepare for our gathering on Sunday by reading through the lyrics of the songs and reflect on them, so that you can focus on edifying one another through song and give praise to the King.

Songs for Sunday

Lyrics

Lyrics Morning Gathering - May 8, 2016 by Summit Woods Baptist Church