Romans 12 - 13
Living in the World,
but not Conformed to the World
Now that we know the ultimate sacrifice has been made and we have changed masters, Paul instructs
us how to behave, live each day and how to treat each other.
- In view of God's mercies, what should we do to please Him? Why? Explain how this differs
from an Old Testament sacrifice.
- The American Standard Version uses the term "fashioned" in place of the word "conformed" in Romans
12:2. Is this world and its ways in "fashion" with God and His ways? How is Christ the "fashion
designer" of the Christian? What does it require of one to be "in vogue" with God's will? See
II Corinthians 3:18 and Ephesians 4:22-24.
- Do you suffer from comparison-itis? What needs to change in your self assessment for you to
see yourself as God sees you? How does humility cause us to react to our ability?
- Paul ascribes characteristics of the human body to the church. From verses 3-8 what are some
of those characteristics? See also I Corinthians 12:12-27.
- In verses 9-13, how does Paul say we should interact with our fellow Christians in the following
- From what Paul is saying in verses 14-21, how are Christians to treat those of the world who may
be more difficult to love?
- In verse 20 what are the coals one heaps on the head of one's enemy? See Matthew 5:38-48.
- In regard to Christian citizenship discussed in Romans 13, what duty is enjoined on the Christian?
What reason is given for that duty?
- What is a failure to obey the higher powers considered to be? What does Paul call the civil rulers
in Romans 13:3-4?
- How is love the fulfillment of the Law in verses 8-10?
- What are the positive and negative provisions stated in Romans 13:11-14? How do they relate
to the renewing of the mind that began this lesson?
Women IN God's Service
The Study of Romans - "Living in the World, but not Conformed to the World" (lesson 8)
Copyright © 2000, West-Ark Church of Christ
Ladies Bible Class Lesson, 22 February 2000
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, Arkansas