No matter how God has equipped an individual, the purpose for our spiritual gifts is the same: the harmony, well-being, and growth of the body of Christ. In this message, Alistair Begg reminds us that our gifts are meant not for our own personal fulfillment, but for the impact and growth of the community of believers. As followers of Jesus, we belong to each other, and we gather together not only to receive, but also to give.
3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as in one body we have many members,5 and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,6 with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
When the Gospel takes hold of us, our hearts and minds can’t help but be transformed. Whether in the mundane or profound aspects of life, our new identity in Christ should cause us to be different from the world around us. But what does this look like practically? How do these distinctions show themselves each day in our families, work, and local churches?
In this series from Romans 12, Alistair Begg introduces us to the revolutionary impact God’s grace has in the lives of believers. As he points out, it is impossible to live in light of the Gospel without changing not only our actions, but also our motives and inner desires. The Gospel calls us to live in harmony with one another and challenges us to forgive and seek blessing for those who wish to harm us. If we allow the grace of God to first shape our hearts, our lives will surely follow.
|A Call to Commitment||Romans 12:1-2|
|Transformed Mind||Romans 12:1-2|
|We Belong Together, Part One||Romans 12:3-8|
|We Belong Together, Part Two||Romans 12:3-8|
|Genuine Christian Love, Part One||Romans 12:9-10|
|Genuine Christian Love, Part Two||Romans 12:9-10|
|Divine Righteousness Applied||Romans 12:11|
|Love in Action||Romans 12:11-13|
|Responding to Persecution, Part One||Romans 12:14|
|Responding to Persecution, Part Two||Romans 12:14|
|Truth For Life||Romans 12:15-16|
|No Retaliation!||Romans 12:17-18|
|Essential Christianity, Part One||Romans 12:19-21|
|Essential Christianity, Part Two||Romans 12:19|