Romans 12:1-21 12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," * says the Lord. 20 Therefore If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." * 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
PORTRAITS OF A CHRISTIAN Romans 12 v. 1- living sacrifice acceptable to God v. 2- not conformed to world but transformed by renewal of the mind (study). v. 2- living proof of what is good, acceptable and perfect will of God. v. 3- not arrogant. vs. 3-8- needs other brethren v. 9- abhors evil, cleaves to good v. 10- loves in every way; puts others over self v.11- not lazy, rejoicing; patient in troubles; always prayerful v.14-17- not vindictive; honest; v. 18-20- tried to live peaceably with all; not looking for vengeance v. 21- is not overcome of evil but overcomes evil with good.
Philippians 3:1-11 3 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, * rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, 4 though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Philippians 3:12-20 Pressing Toward the Goal 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, * let us be of the same mind. Our Citizenship in Heaven 17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame — who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
Philippians 4:1-9 Be Anxious for Nothing; Think These Thoughts 4 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. Be United, Joyful, and in Prayer 2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And * I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Meditate on These Things 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 3 & 4 3:1- rejoice in the Lord 3:2- watchful of harmful things 3:13-15 not living in the past- reaching for things in the future; pressing on to the mark of heaven 3:20- fellowship with heavenly things, spiritually minded. 4:1- joy to know; longed for by the faithful 4:4- joyful 4: 8- think on wholesome things and rejoices. 4:11-12- know how to be happy with little or much 4:13- depends on the Lord to help him do all things
Colossians 3 V. 1- seeks things above V. 2- affections on things above V. 3- life is covered up by Christ V. 5- puts to death self and the flesh Vs. 8-9- things to put off: anger; wrath; malice; blasphemy; filthy talk out of the mouth includes gossip; not a liar; has put off the old man of sin
Colossians 3 & 4 3:10- is a changed new man in Christ 3: 12- merciful; kind; humble in mind; meek; long-suffering; forbearing; forgiving of others; if has a quarrel he is ready to resolve it; puts on love (the bond of perfection); has peace of God in his heart 3: 17- does all (word and deeds) done with authority of God. 3:18-22 godly wife (submits); godly husband (loves wife- not bitter toward them); obedient children; godly father; godly worker- wants to please God not only men 3: 23- does all he does with all his heart to please the Lord not men; in view of God giving the reward not men. 4:2-5- prayerful; watchful; thankful; looking for openings to teach the gospel to others. 4:6- mature speech knowing how to answer all men.