Lakewood Baptist Church
Hope That Transforms
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  • Lakewood Baptist Church
    2235 Thompson Bridge Rd, Gainesville, GA 30501, USA
    Sunday 9:30 AM

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Series: Gospel of Hope
Title: Hope that Transforms
Romans 12:1–2
Romans 12 — Hope that Transforms.
Augustine of Hippo
“No further would I read; nor needed I: for instantly at the end of this sentence, by a light as it were of serenity infused into my heart, all the darkness of doubt vanished away. … How sweet did it at once become to me, to want the sweetnesses of those toys! And what I feared to be parted from, was now a joy to part with. For You did cast them forth from me, You true and highest sweetness. You cast them forth, and for them entered in Yourself, sweeter than all pleasure … Now my soul was free from the biting cares of canvassing and getting, and weltering in filth, and scratching off the itch of lust. And my infant tongue spoke freely to You, my brightness, and my riches, and my health, the Lord my God.”
“You awake us to delight in Your praise; for You made us for Yourself, and our heart is restless, until it rests in You.”
The Transformed Christian Life:
1. A Sacrifice to God.
2. A Service to God.
3. A Sweetness to God.
1. A Sacrifice to God.
· Three Characteristics of your life as a sacrifice to God:
- Living.
- Holy.
- Acceptable.
2. A Service to God.
· This is your reasonable response in worship.
· A reordering of our lives to God after the effects of sin:

- Mercy instead of wrath.
- Our bodies offered to God instead of the dishonored.
- Worshiping the Creator instead of serving the creature.
- A renewed mind instead of a depraved mind.
- Approving God’s will instead of rejecting God’s decrees.
3. A Sweetness to God.
· Discern God’s will as:

- Good
- Pleasing
- Perfect