Weeks 3-4: Romans 12:2 “Transformation”

Romans 12:2 > “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Use the Weekly Notes Google Doc or the comments section to write down some notes and thoughts from Romans 12:2.

As usual, use these questions as a guide, if needed.
(a.) what God is teaching you about Himself and His Word,
(b.) what He is teaching you about yourself,
(c.) what He is teaching you about others and how you can live better in community.

How is this truth
(a.) changing the way you see God?
(b.) the way you pray?
(c.) the way you view your daily circumstances?


5 thoughts on “Weeks 3-4: Romans 12:2 “Transformation”

  1. What are some of the major truths we’ve learned and practiced about verse 2? I know for me, practically, this was a very convicting verse. I’m going to put up my notes on the Google Doc, but I made some daily changes that have freed up my mind to concentrate more on Christ than myself and fruitless things.

  2. Memory Verse-
    Romans 12:1-2- I beseech ye, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
    And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

    Erin- I am finishing up this section and will be working on vs. 3 next week. I be all caught up to you guys soon!

    I know we talked a bit about this, but thought I would write it down here too.
    (a.) what God is teaching you about Himself and His Word,
    Totally am convicted of the perfection of God and His standard for us. I told C. today that every time he lied, there would be consequences. Isn’t that the truth with God and sin? We are commanded to not be conformed to this world because of God’s perfection. Dark and light are incompatible.
    (b.) what He is teaching you about yourself,
    I must not conform to this world in my behaviors, speech, attitudes, etc. In contrast, I must choose to be more diligent to renew my mind, DAILY!
    (c.) what He is teaching you about others and how you can live better in community.
    This verse challenges me to get my own life in order. Why should I peek over the fence at others shortcomings, when I have so many that I should be dealing with in my own life.

    How is this truth
    (a.) changing the way you see God?
    God has a perfect standard. Not a bell curve.
    (b.) the way you pray?
    Dealing with sin is paramount to being in the will of the Lord. We must confess our sins. Deal with them before God.
    (c.) the way you view your daily circumstances?
    Proving God’s perfect will requires movement on my part. Movement towards holiness.

    Thanks for the challenge of digging into God’s Word. Love ya!

    • J,

      Wow! I’ve loved reading these this afternoon. It’s so encouraging. Glad you’re almost caught up with us, but I’m more glad that God is making His Truths known in the deepest parts of your heart. “Proving God’s perfect will requires movement on my part – movement toward holiness.” Man, that’s my favorite part. He’s been convicting me of “winking” at sin or not taking it as seriously as He does, and this line is such a good summation of the responsibility that we have to reflect Him. xoxo

      • Also, re: verse 3, it’s been interesting to see the connection between a transformed mind and how we view ourselves (more highly than we ought…). Having a “sober” (realistic) view of ourselves is set in motion by and only possible when we live the verse 2 command to let God transform our worldview and mental framework. I’m so pumped to begin verse 4 because it gets into the nitty-gritty of what the “measure of faith” is that God has given to us as individuals!

        I may or may not have spent a couple hours last night “nerding it up” in my little rocking chair listening to Chip Ingram preach on vv. 6-8. 😉 All I needed was a cat and a quilt, and the picture would have been complete! I even had a pot of hot tea – real Beauty and the Beast-ish…lol

  3. When I think of transform in this context I think of a transformer (yes, the movie). A radical change, that happens by renewing the mind. In relation to verse one, the way we “present our bodies a live sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, is by being transformed by the word. A commentary stated the following:

    Transformation is the inward, metabolic process in which God works to spread His divine life and nature throughout every part of our being, particularly our soul, bringing Christ and His riches into our being as our new element and causing our old, natural element to be gradually discharged. As a result, we will be transformed into His image (2 Cor. 3:18), that is, conformed to the image of the firstborn Son of God as His many brothers (8:29). Thus we will be suitable for the building up of His Body. After presenting our body, we need to have our mind renewed. The renewing of the mind, which results from setting the mind on the spirit (8:6), is the base for the transformation of our soul. Our mind is the leading part of our soul, and as it is renewed, our will and emotion automatically follow to be renewed also. To be renewed means that a new element is wrought into our being. This produces an inward metabolic transformation , making us suitable for the building up of the Body of Christ, which is the practice of the church life. All the virtues and the overcoming in chs. 12 — 16 also are the results of this transformation. (Recovery Bible – Living Stream Ministires)

    While we are in the world we were conformed to this age, because we don’t know any better. When we are saved we should be separated from the world and the subtle influence of this age. We have been sanctified (set apart) from the world, we are not of this world.

    2 Corinthians 5:17 says that if any man be in Christ He is a new creature, we are no longer the same, we are no longer of Adam, but of Christ. If a turtle became an Alligator (new creature), his mindset on things would have to change, because it is a new creature. The old way of thinking would no longer be applicable, so is it with Christians.

    When we accept Christ we are made anew, however God outlines the way we can adapt to this new being by…renewing the mind. Renewing our mind with the things of God puts us in a position to know the will of God. And if you pray the will of God He will always here you. (1 John 5:14)

    Romans 12:1-2 were pivotal verses when the Lord saved me (they still are). These were two of the first verses that I clinged to, because of the revelation given of the importance of these verses. Since we were little people have called us outside of our name, spoken things over us, etc, and eventually we begin to believe it. These strongholds are what the enemy uses to keep us from having a closer fellowship with God, until God reveals it to us and our mind is renewed. It’s takes the renewing power of the washing of the word to be delivered from the strongholds, and for God to show us who we are in Him.

    The will of God is perfect, and it takes renewing our mind to submit to His divine will for our lives. God will never override the human will, but He prefers us as believers to submit to His will.

    My prayer is that we always keep these first 2 verses in mind, since they are so pivotal in our relationship with God, relationship with others, and function in the Body of Christ.

    P.S. Ephesians 4:22-24 is a parallel passage to this

    22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
    23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
    24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

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