THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 98th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: CALLED TO NEW LIFE IN CHRIST
Adult/Young Adult Topic: GIVING ONE’S ALL
Printed Text: Romans 12:1-8
KEY VERSE: Romans 12:1 (NIV)
THEREFORE, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 98th Edition, 2018-2019
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People often engage in a “me first” way of thinking, which results in conflict and makes cooperation difficult.How do people learn to work together? Paul compares the church to a body and encourages believers to see themselves as individual members that work in sync with all the other members.
The people of God should present themselves to God as a “living sacrifice” consecrated to Him. There is an impressive list of parallels that can be drawn between Romans 12 and the Sermon on the Mount.
We give you thanks, O God, for the privilege of offering our bodies to you as living sacrifices. Do not let us become haughty in our offerings and keep before us the importance of a living community free of competition and strife in the exercise of our gifts as we contribute to the body. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen