Sermon Guides_July 5; Romans 12:3-21

Kid City Notes

Lesson overview

Bible Passage: Romans 12:9-12
Story point: Love one another and cling to whit is good
Key passage: Romans 12:9-10b – Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love.

Younger Kids: Bible Story Review & Bible Skills
Key Passage Activity:

Supplies: Paper and pen or pencil
Write: out the verse, read it together pointing to the words if you kids are still learning to read. Then say the verse together normally and then in silly voices (robo voices, deep voices, let your child suggest some). Say the verse 3 or 4 times.
Say: Paul encourages us in these verses to love others and be devoted to them. He tells us to stick to what is good and completely dislike what is evil and not good.

Bible Story Questions:

1. What does “sincere” mean? (To be sincere means to be genuine, it means to be the real thing. So when we say that love should be sincere we mean it should be honest and real.)

2. Can you tell me what “cling” means? Do you have any ideas on how to “cling to what is good”? (Clinging means to stick or hold on to. Remember Miss Stephanie showed us what cling means with her tape and cotton balls. Parents, if you want go ahead and do the same experiment now. Some ways to cling to what is good are loving others, caring for others, obeying your parents, and choosing to do what is right.)

3. What are some ways that you can show others that you love them? (Think of ways that you can show your mom or dad or siblings that you love them. Mom and dad feel free to suggest)

Activity: Tag with a base

Supplies: None – Play outside if the weather is nice!
Make a base and run around and tag each other. The one who is tagged then becomes “it” and continue playing.
Say- Imagine that the base is what is good. We can cling to what is good, but run away from what isn’t.

Older Kids: Bible Story Review & Bible Skills
Key Passage Activity:

Supplies: Paper and Pen
Write: out each word of the passage and then erase one word at a time.
Say: Paul encourages us in these verses to love others and be devoted to them. He tells us to stick to what is good and completely dislike what is evil and not good.

Bible Story Questions:

1. What does “sincere” mean? (To be sincere means to be genuine, it means to be the real thing. So when we say that love should be sincere we mean it should be honest and real.)

2. Can you tell me what “cling” means? Do you have any ideas on how to “cling to what is good”? (Clinging means to stick or hold on to. Remember Miss Stephanie showed us what cling means with her tape and cotton balls. Parents, if you want go ahead and do the same experiment now. Some ways to cling to what is good are loving others, caring for others, obeying your parents, and choosing to do what is right.)

3. What are some ways that you can show others that you love them? (Think of ways that you can show your mom or dad or siblings that you love them. Mom and dad feel free to suggest)

4. What does it mean to be faithful in prayer? (It means to pray constantly. Faithful means loyal and constant. So we should be constantly praying. We can pray to praise God and thank Him, we can pray when we need help. God wants us to involve Him in our lives. He already knows everything, but He wants us to tell Him about it in our words and share with Him.)

Activity: Tag with a base

Supplies: None – Play outside if the weather is nice!
Make a base and run around and tag each other. The one who is tagged then becomes “it” and continue playing.
Say: Imagine that the base is what is good. We can cling to what is good, but run away from what isn’t.
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Gospel Student Ministry Notes

Scripture: Romans 12:3-21
The Culture of Gospel Community

Intro/Overview

As believers we have been given new identities in Christ. These identities call us to view ourselves rightly. We are not to have a view of ourselves that is too high or too low. And this should carry over into how we view other believers as well and how we treat them according to who they are in Jesus. In this section of Romans 12, Paul is showing us how right thinking leads to right living and right loving.

Paul starts by helping us understand that we and others are all members of one unified body. Though unified we are different. We have different giftings according to the Spirit and we also have different personalities and various other unique ways in which we are made by God. No one believer is more valuable to God than another! We are all valuable to Him and we are all valuable to one another!

These gifts and unique ways are not meant to be used to build our own selves up but are meant to build one another up! Paul then shows us how these gifts are lived out in verses 9-21. He goes through many practical ways in which we can love others through our gifts. He goes further to show us how to respond when others don’t receive the love our gifts. We are called to give love when we receive hate or harm because evil is conquered with good.

Discussion Questions

Read: Romans 12:3-21
Reflect on these verses

These questions are meant to generate conversations with your students.

1. Do you think that your tendency is to view yourself too high or too low? What is your tendency in how you view others?

2. What do you think God has gifted you with? How can you love others with that gifting?

3. How do you typically respond when a family member, friend or classmate when they do something negative towards you? Do you seek vengeance or trust God?

4. How often are you giving “careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes”? How might this apply to issues of racial reconciliation?

As Christians, our hope and our confidence should ultimately rest in Christ Jesus.

End your time together by praying as a family. Pray specifically for the things that you’ve discussed (and confessed), pray for each other, and pray for our world as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis.

Parents:

Consider ways to leverage the time that you have with your students. How can you utilize this time to help them see Jesus/own the mission?
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In what ways can you love/serve your neighbors? Think of some practical (and safe!) ways that you and your student(s) can be the hands and feet of Jesus at this time.

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Adults Notes

Scripture: Romans 12:9-13

From Hostility to Hospitality

“Saul agreed with putting him to death.”  Acts 8:1a

“Now Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. He went to the high priest  and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’

Who are you, Lord?’ Saul said.

‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting,’ he replied.”  Acts 9:1-5

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Take the lead in honoring one another. Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality.”  Romans 12:9-13

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9

“Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit; serve the Lord.”  Romans 12:11

“Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.”  Romans 12:12

“For he is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In his flesh, he made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that he might create in himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace. He did this so that he might reconcile both to God in one body through the cross by which he put the hostility to death.” Ephesians 2:14-16

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