Being a genuine disciple of Christ flows out of a relationship with Him. It’s about experiencing and reflecting God’s saving grace, not earning His love through performance. A real relationship with Jesus Christ will produce a mature follower whose life looks progressively more like His and points others to Him.
Romans 12 provides a relational profile of an authentic disciple, someone who is
- Surrendered to God
- Separate from the world’s values
- Sober in self-assessment
- Serving in love
- Supernaturally responding to evil with good
Christians who live out this kind of lifestyle are what we call “r12 Christians.”
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,[f] with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it[i] to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
BIO represents life, and at Brick it is the pathway we take on our journey as r12 Christians. It helps us navigate through life as we pursue spiritual momentum and maturity.
Living an r12 life involves consistently coming “before God” on a regular basis through corporate worship with a body of other Christ-followers, as well as through daily prayer and Bible reading for personal spiritual growth as individuals.
Living an r12 life involves experiencing authentic Biblical community with other Christians in casual, small group settings. A fellowship of believers gets smaller and more relational when you connect with others who share your season of life or specific ministry interests. Explore the variety of small group opportunities.
Living an r12 life involves serving the family of God within the church, as well as serving others locally and globally. There’s nothing more satisfying than to engage in ministry on a personal level and go beyond ourselves in the name of Jesus, expressing His love in action.
Explore the variety of opportunities to serve.