The Big Idea is that God sent his son to establish a church that would shine Christ in this broken world. We saw that YOU are God's plan to shine his light to the world and that He has sent his Spirit to empower His purpose for your life. We learned in Romans 12:1 that God desires a life of self-denial.. a life focused on displaying the beauty and holiness of Jesus. Shining Christ starts with a change in you and me! How do we change? In Romans 12:2-8 we saw four non-negotiable RESOLUTIONS for the church that will lead to transformation.
1) Reject conformity by reading and obeying God's Word.
2) Humbly submit to and obey every truth you learn.
3) Be intensely committed to the Church.
4) Use your gifts to serve the Church.
Church family, these commitments will change you over the course of 2015!! They will change you because to keep them you much choose to obey Romans 12:1. You must daily die to yourself. The decision to choose these things over and over will cause the beauty and holiness of Jesus to shine through you.
Last thing... Romans 12:9-21 is a list of characteristics of people who shine Jesus. Click HERE to read them. As a matter of fact... I want to ask the church to prayerfully and slowly read through Romans 12 every day for the next two weeks. Ask God to reveal other resolutions and commitments He would have you make based on what you read in those last 13 verses.
Once our list is made, take time to share those commitments with someone in your Hope Community! This will provide accountability and a friend who will pray for you that God will cause your life to shine Jesus in this New Year.