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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 12

Romans 12:3-8 (2)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 12 Paragraph # 2 Study # 2
February 16, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:The root of genuine humility is a clear-eyed understanding of God's activity in the light of our propensity to turn everything into a basis for self-exaltation.

Introduction:In our study last time we considered Paul's understanding of "humility-cloaked pride". We saw that Paul apparently believed that "every person among us" would be susceptible to the temptation to turn "commitment to God" into a basis for "self-elevation". In light of that "belief" we have Philippians 3:6. Paul, prior to his own conversion used "commitment to God" as a way to exalt himself over others. Because he was sharply aware of this propensity, he addressed the Roman believers with the caution we read in 12:3.

This evening we are going to take a closer look at what he believed was the solution to this "every-person-knee-jerk-tendency". In a word, his "belief" was that only a valid grasp of "grace" had any hope of blunting this tendency. I would like to argue this evening that the root of genuine humility is a clear-eyed understanding of God's activity in the light of our propensity to turn everything into a basis for self-exaltation.


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