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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 12

Romans 12:9-21 (2)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 12 Paragraph # 3 Study # 2
May 4, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:If "love" is going to be "unhypocritical", there is going to have to be a concerted determination to install fellow-believers in the soul's "Hall of the Honored".

Introduction:In our study last week we considered the apostle's insistence upon a genuine love and one of his "methods" for achieving it. If a person will get actively involved in establishing his/her attitudes toward "evil" and "good", a genuine love will be the result. Active involvement precludes simply adopting the prevalent attitudes and it precludes a lukewarm agreement with any standard. Good and evil are sharply divergent realities and intensely hostile toward each other. Human beings are being seduced by evil when they are told over and over that they must be "tolerant" of those whose values are opposite to their own.

Apparently, however, Paul did not feel that simply insisting upon aggressive involvement in the determination of who/what is truly valuable would get the job done because he continued with more instructions regarding how we are to "love" without hypocrisy.

This evening we are going to look into this continuing instruction.


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