Romans 12:1-8

Romans 1

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Radical Gratitude, lectionary-based stewardship, Northwest United Methodist Foundation. (.pdf)

Commentary, Romans 12:1-8, Mary Hinkle Shore,, Preaching This Week,, 2011.

  • " To be enslaved to sin is to have one's body commandeered every bit as much as one's soul."

Commentary, Romans 12:1-8, Mark Reasoner, Preaching This Week,, 2008.

  • "Paul's main point about spiritual gifts, mentioned in verse 6, is that God has given us these as members of the body of Christ. So we are to use the particular gift God has given us to help the body function, not to promote ourselves or show how we as one body part are better than others who are another body part."
bullet "First Thoughts on Year A Epistle Passages in the Lectionary," Pentecost 10, William Loader, Murdoch University, Uniting Church in Australia.
  • "When we are free from the obsession with establishing our own importance we can then see ourselves for who we are."
bullet Commentary, Romans 12:1-2, John E. Guns, The African American Lectionary, 2008.
  • "This text calls us to yield ourselves completely to God through Jesus Christ, living a life of meaningful service."
bullet "Positively Maladjusted: Martin Luther King and 'Transformed Nonconformity,'" The Journey with Jesus: Notes to Myself, Daniel B. Clendenin, Journey with Jesus Foundation, 2008.
  • "Paul is clear about the general direction of the journey with Jesus: transformed non-conformity."
bullet "A New Vision of Righteousness: Paul's Exhortations in Romans 12-15," Peter L. Samuelson, Word & World, 1990.
bullet "Sacrifice in Romans 12-15," Calvin J. Roetzel, Word & World, 1986.
bullet "Life in God's Service," Rev. Bryan Findlayson, Lectionary Bible Studies and Sermons, Pumpkin Cottage Ministry Resources. Includes detailed textual notes.
bullet "Life in Christian Community," Resources for Prophetic Worship, Speaking to North Carolina Justice Issues, North Carolina Council of Churches, 2008.
bullet "Gifts of New Music," study guide, Robert B. Kruschwitz, (other resources at) "Singing Our Lives," Christian Reflection, The Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University, 2006.
bullet "Heavenly Hunger," study guide for adults, Robert B. Kruschwitz, (other resources at) "Food and Hunger," Christian Reflection, The Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University, 2004.
bullet "The Road to Renewal (Romans 12:1-2)," by Robert Deffinbaugh at the Biblical Studies Foundation.
  • "Paul’s words here not only compare the Christian’s commitment to serve God to the Old Testament sacrifices, they contrast it with their former lifestyle."
bullet "Thinking Straight About Spiritual Gifts (Romans 12:3-8)," by Robert Deffinbaugh at the Biblical Studies Foundation.
  • "Gifts are given and received in various ways."
bullet "The Meekness, Membership, and Ministry of the Believer (Romans 12:3-8)," by Hampton Keathley IV at the Biblical Studies Foundation.
  • "The purpose of the allotted faith and membership in the body is ministry to others in the body."
bullet "The Renewal of Perception: Romans 12:2 and Post Modernity," Doug Heidebrecht, Direction, 1996.
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  • Clip Art, Romans 12:2, Fr. Richard Lonsdale, Resources for Catholic Educators.
  • Romans 12:1, Heartlight - Free Christian PowerPoint Backgrounds.
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