This is the audio from the November 14, 2021 sermon, “Living a Transformed LIFE”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.
Text: Romans 12:1-13
Living the Christian life is only possible by the transforming power of Christ in us. Paul writes to the Romans, and to us, that when we are transformed by the renewing of our mind we are able to test and approve the will of God. As those who desire to do the will of God, we place ourselves in position to do that when we are living with a transformed . . .
- Love. Romans 12:9a, Matthew 5:43-48, John 15:13
- Living with a transformed love means that we learn to love like Jesus. A sincere love is one that is genuine and has a concern for others that is greater than even our concern for our self. Loving those who love us is relatively easy — at least compared to loving our enemies. But loving our enemies in addition to our friends is the kind of transformed love that Jesus calls us to live with.
- Insight. Romans 12:9b, Psalm 119:99
- Living with a transformed insight changes who decides what is good and what is evil. Most people tend to develop a sense of right and wrong from a variety of sources — some times including God’s Word as one of those sources and sometimes not. Living with a transformed insight should lead us to consider God’s Word as the authority for clinging to what is good and rejecting all that is evil.
- Freedom. Romans 12:10, Galatians 5:13
- Living with a transformed freedom leads us to using our freedoms to serve others according to their needs. Many times when we seek freedom we desire to be free from anything that isn’t what we want. The freedom that we really need is a freedom from the bondage of sin and from the trap of our selfish desires. The devotion and honor that we show one another speaks volumes to others about the true freedom that is available to all.
- Expression. Romans 12:11-13, 2 Corinthians 9:12
- Living with a transformed expression should lead others to ask often about the hope that lies within you. All of the transformation that takes place within our heart and mind should be evident in our actions and our speech. What is inside of a person cannot be hidden forever and when we allow God to transform us from the inside out, the expression of that transformation ought to be visible to a world that is watching..
What area of your life is God calling you to open more fully to Him so that you can experience living a transformed life?