Weekly Study Questions

Romans 11:33 - 12:2, "Entirely Reasonable"

  1. What does it mean in Romans 11:36 that all things are from Him, through Him, and to Him?  How does this fit with verses 33-35 to form a perspective by which we can view and understand life?  The world?
  2. In what way is Paul's exhortation to give ourselves fully to God entirely reasonable based upon Romans 11:33-36?  Why is it reasonable?
  3. What does it mean that our sacrifice is acceptable to God and that He is well-pleased to receive it?  What makes it acceptable? Why is it important that I understand that God wants me to give myself fully to Him and that He is "on record" as being ready to receive it?
  4. Paul makes it clear that I can respond to God's invitation to give myself as a living sacrifice.  What are some possible reasons why a person may choose to not respond to God's invitation?  What would these reasons reveal about their understanding of God and what He wants for them?  Why is it important that we are aware of these possible reasons and the implications they have for our life and the lives of others?
  5. What does it mean to be conformed to this world?  What would it look like if a believer was living in a way that was not conformed to world (this present age)?  Check out Romans 6:12-13; 1 John 2: 15,16.
  6. What does it mean to be transformed by the renewing of your mind?  In what way, does transformation address the issue of conformity to the world?  Is the transformation and conformity commanded here mutually exclusive?  Explain?
  7. What does it mean to renew our minds, and how does one go about doing that?
  8. In what way, does transformation prove what the will of God is?  In your own personal walk with Jesus?  Where are you personally in the process of not conforming, and transforming – of offering yourself as a living sacrifice to God?
  9. Is there anything that is preventing, or making it difficult to give yourself fully to God as outlined in Romans 12:1,2?  What do you plan to do about addressing these difficulties?
  10. What have you learned and what are you going to do this coming week with what you have learned?