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21. Life in the Lord Romans 12: 9-21 p. 1047-48 Application Points  A “to do” list for the Christian Life ? ? ?  A Call to “ATTENTIVE INTIMACY” with.

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3 Application Points  A “to do” list for the Christian Life ? ? ?  A Call to “ATTENTIVE INTIMACY” with God NOT A CHECKLIST ! ! !  Specific instructions can short-circuit our walk with God –  Essential step: Being attentive to the Spirit

4 1. A Picture not a Checklist  A Practical List.  Right balance of “dos” and “don’ts”  It is a Picture  Paul is trying to describe a Lifestyle.  Not limited to the actual things on the list.  Contrasts description of human sinfulness (1:29-32)  The details for you determined by attentive dependence on the Spirit.

5 2. Attentive Intimacy cures Phariseism  Universal human tendency to reduce our relationship with God to “dos” and “don’ts”  True Application points require Prayerful Consideration:  Retrospectively: handled things differently in the past  Plan & Consider: what I should do now  Spontaneous: reacting in the moment

6 2. Attentive Intimacy cures Phariseism...  An exciting alternative way of Living:  Get to be part of what God is doing around us  Get to see God at work  We have issues and people to pray about  We rise above self-focus to be caught up in the Kingdom  We “test and approve” God’s will (v 2)

7 3. Attentive Intimacy covers things not mentioned  Social hierarchy vs. Multiculturalism  Our issue: different cultures and language groups  Easy to fit in when we see the picture.  Many things are relevant to us:  Clinging to Good (as God defines it)  Putting others above ourselves  Practising hospitality  Not being superior [not being wise within yourself]  Doing right  Peacemakers,contributing to harmony not dissention  “Consider yourselves with sober judgment” (v 3)

8 Conclusion: Attentive Intimacy  The Picture of Kingdom people living for God  Our vision: “Loving Christ, serving the world”  Not a checklist !  Being willing to be inconvenienced, opposed, available.  Being joyful, patient, faithful (v 12)  The Miracle that is the way of the Kingdom.

9 Attentive Intimacy: Human Worship Care Stewardship Human Creation: Things & Animals Love

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