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Guidelines For WORSHIP

ROMANS 12:1-2


(1) I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, <which is> your spiritual service of worship. {2} And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.



       I see this as Paul grabbing a hold on us and saying I have a hold on you because and by the mercies of God. He has given not given us what we deserve. THAT IS MERCY!

1.    The Guideline Of . .Prompting for Worship. v 1 a

2.The Guideline Of . . Presenting for Worship. v 1 b

              3.    The Guideline Of . . Proving Our Worship. v 2 a

1.   The Guideline Of . . Prompting For Worship. v1a

       (1) I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,

The WORD “parakaleo” (NT:3870), to call aside; make an appeal in view of certain facts.

The Word Mercy is mentioned nine 9 times from Romans 9 - 11.

A.   Prompted by the . . Mercies Of God


       1.    Prompted By The . . Mercy Of Salvation

              1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord

       Jesus Christ, who according to His great [mercy] has caused us

       to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of

       Jesus Christ from the dead,

              Mercy = We don’t get what we deserve.

              Grace = We do get what we don’t deserve.


       2.    Prompted by the . . Mercy of Comfort.

       2 Cor. 1:3 Blessed <be> the God and Father of our Lord Jesus

       Christ, the Father of [mercies] and God of all comfort;


       3.    Prompted by the . . Mercy of Health.

Philippians 2:27 For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had [mercy] on him, and not on him only but

       also on me, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.


B.   Prompted By Jesus And . . Mercy.

       Nine Times The Bible Says Jesus Showed Mercy.

(Mt 9:36; 14:14; 15:32; 20:34; Mk 1:41; 5:19; 6:34; 8:2; Lk 7:13).

Mk 5:19 However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you." NKJV

Illustration: TOPIC: Mercy SUBTOPIC: Promises of Divine DATE: 5/1986.22

When the infidel Robert G. Ingersoll was delivering his lectures against Christ and the Bible, his oratorical ability usually assured him of a large crowd. One night after an inflammatory speech in which he severely attacked man's faith in the Savior, he dramatically took out his watch and said, "I'll give God a chance to prove that He exists and is almighty. I challenge Him to strike me dead within 5 minutes!" First there was silence, then people became uneasy. Some left the hall, unable to take the nervous strain of the occasion, and one woman fainted. At the end of the allocated time, the atheist exclaimed derisively, "See! There is no God. I am still very much alive!"

After the lecture a young fellow said to a Christian lady, "Well, Ingersoll certainly proved something tonight!" Her reply was memorable. "Yes, he did," she said. "He demonstrated that even the most defiant sinner cannot exhaust the patience of the Lord in just 5 minutes!"


God shows his mercy in many ways. You will be more aware of God’s Mercy if your honest about your sin.

2.   The Guideline For . . Presenting In Worship. v 1 b

       ". . . to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, <which is> your

       spiritual service of worship. . . . "

A.   A Presenting of . . Live bodies.     v 1 b

       1.    Sacrificial Living.              PHIL 2:17, 2 TIM. 4:16

              People are now to bring themselves to God instead of sacrifices to the altar as of old. They are now to be wholly the Lord's as were the former sacrifices.

                     Father I Adore You

                     Lay My Life Before You

                     How I Love You


Wiersbe:     True Christian service and living must begin with personal dedication to the Lord. The Christian who fails in life is the one who has first failed at the altar, refusing to surrender completely to Christ.

Some get off the altar, perhaps most of us are often spasmodic.

B.   A Presenting of . . Holy bodies. v 1 d

       1.    Holy because of His work of separation . . ON our heart.

                     Romans 1:1       Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ,

              called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God

       Ro 15:16 that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. NKJV

       1 Th 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. NKJV

       2.    Holy because of Our work of separation . . IN our heart.

                     Ps 119:11     Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that

              I might not sin against thee.

       3.    Holy because of Our work of separation . . FROM our

              heart. Prov 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out

              of it are the issues of life.

Ten New Testament Commands about the Body

1.    Make it living sacrifice (Ro 12:1),

2.    Make it holy (Ro 12:1),

3.    Make it accepted of God (Ro 12:1),

4.    Yield it to God (Ro 11:1;

5.   Reckon it dead to sin (Ro 6:11),

6.    Refuse its slavery to sin (Ro 6:12),

7.    Refuse to defile it (1 Co 3:17),

8.    Make it free from fornication or sexual sin. (1 Co 6:13-20),

9.    Glorify God in it (1 Co 6:20),

10.  Keep it in control (1 Co 9:27),

Illustration: TOPIC: Worship SUBTOPIC: Of God Commanded DATE: 4/1987.30

One writer notes that: Worship in our time has been captured by the tourist mind-set. Worship is a visit to an attractive site to be made when we have adequate leisure. For some it is a weekly jaunt to church. For others, occasional visits to special services.

Some, with a bent for Christian entertainment and sacred diversion, plan their lives around special events like retreats, rallies and conferences. We go to see a new personality, to hear a new truth, to get a new experience and so, somehow, expand our otherwise humdrum lives. We'll try anything -- until something else comes along.


Illustration:       TOPIC: Worship SUBTOPIC: Of God Commanded DATE: 11/1991.27

G. Campbell Morgan told a story about a father and his young daughter who were especially close. They enjoyed spending time together. If he went for a walk or made a social call, she wanted to go along. But then he began to notice a change. When he asked her to accompany him on errands, she made excuses. As the weeks passed, he became concerned about it.

When his birthday came, she presented him with a pair of slippers she had made. Then he realized that she had been working on them while he was out of the house. "Darling, I like these slippers very much," he said gently, "but next time buy the slippers and let me have you all the days. I would rather have you than anything you can make for me."

Beyond any work we may do for God, time spent in His presence must take priority. He desires our fellowship first of all. If our worship is neglected, our work will be deficient.



reasonable service. “Reasonable” is from the Gr. for “logic.”

If we present our bodies unto the Lord for Worship it will show in our desire to be with Him in Time Talent and Treasure.

3.   The Guideline For . . Proving Our Worship.     v 2  

              ". . . that you may prove . . ."

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.


Wiersbe:       Every Christian is a conformer, living like the world, or a transformer, daily becoming more like Christ.

A.   Prove Negatively . . by not Conforming.

2 And do not be conformed to this world,. . .”

RYRIE: The only other occurrence of this Greek word in the NT is in

       1 Pe 1:13-14 13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; NKJV


Lady said to a missionary: “I would give the world to be doing what you are doing today.” The missionary said, “that is exactly what it cost, The World.”


"Today's prime-time television programming is not merely indifferent to the institution of marriage and the stabilizing role it places in our society. It seems to be actively seeking to undermine marriage by consistently painting it in a negative light," PTC said in the Aug. 5 report, titled "Happily Never After: How Hollywood Favors Adultery and Promiscuity Over Marital Intimacy on Prime Time Broadcast Television."

Verbal references to non-marital sex "outnumbered references to marital sex by a ratio of nearly 3 to 1," PTC said, and scenes "depicting or implying sex between non-married partners" outnumbered similar scenes between married couples by nearly Four to 0ne

Dobson Article:  About AIDs

B.   Prove Positively . . .by being Transformed.

       “. . . but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,”

MacArthur transformed. The Gr. word, from which the Eng. word “metamorphosis” comes,

       connotes a change in outward appearance.

              1 Peter 3:13 And who is there to harm you if you [prove] zealous for what is good?

Illustration: TOPIC: Worship SUBTOPIC: True Attitude in DATE: 4/1986.28

The following true story is from the life of Louis XIV of France: One Sunday when he and his royal party arrived at church, no one was there except Archbishop Fenelon, the court preacher. Surprised to see all the vacant seats, the King inquired, "Where is everybody?" Why isn't anyone else present this morning?" The minister answered "I announced that Your Majesty would not be here today, because I wanted you to see who came to the service just to flatter you and who came to worship God."



1.The Guideline Of . .Prompting for Worship. v 1 a

2.The Guideline Of . . Presenting for Worship. v 1 b

3.The Guideline Of . . Proving Our Worship. v 2 a


". . .that which is good and acceptable and perfect. "

There’s an interesting story about how a gifted violinist named Fritz Kreisler acquired a Stradivarius violin. Kreisler heard about the violin owned by an old Englishman and offered to buy it, but the old man said it wasn’t for sale. One day Kreisler ventured to the old man’s house and said, “If I can’t buy it, may I touch it?” The old Englishman invited him in and even allowed him to begin making music with it. Great tears welled up in the old Englishman’s eyes, and he said, “It is not for sale, but it is yours. You are the Master and alone are worthy of it!” That is what worship is all about. God is the Master, and He alone is worthy.

Who is worthy to comtrol your life?

Only The Lord, so worship HIM!