2SACRIFICESacrifice (thusia): “The act of offering; then, objectively, that which is offered” (Vine)To an idol, Acts 7:41Animals under the Law of Moses, Heb 10:1Of Christ, Eph 5:2
3Acceptable Sacrifices (1 Pet 2:5) Presentation, Lev 1:3-5; Rom 12:1Personal, Lev 1:2; Rom 12:1Prescribed manner, Lev 9:15-16Value, 2 Sam 24:18, 21-25“Nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” (2 Sam 24:24)
4The Cost Of Our Sacrifices The Father sacrificed His Son, Jno 3:16 (Rom 5:8)Abraham sacrificed his son, Heb 11:17 (Gen 22:12)Do not offer God sacrifices that cost us nothing!
5The Sacrifice Of Our Faith Present our faith to God, Heb 11:6, 4The Christian’s life and conduct of personal faith, Phil 2:17Fruits of righteousness, 1:9-11Unity of faith in opposition to Satan, 1:27Suffering for Christ, 1:29-30Humbly work out salvation, 2:5, 12-13W/o murmuring, hold fast word, 2:14-16James 2:14, 24, 26
6Sacrifice Of Our Body (Rom 12:1) Present our bodies to do God’s willLiving, active instrument in God’s serviceBody belongs to the Lord, 1 Cor 6:13To practice righteousness, not lusts and uncleanness, Rom 6:12-14 (1 Jno 2:29)Abstain from fornication, 1 Ths 4:1-8Worldliness, 1 Peter 4:3-4Cleanse our hearts, Mark 7:20-23
7Sacrifice Material Goods (Phil 4:18) Helping those in needAs individuals, Gal 6:10; 1 Tim 6:17-19; Jno 3:16-18 (all who we can help)As a congregation, 2 Cor 9:7, (saints who are in need)Support of gospel preachers, Gal 6:6; Phil 4:15-16God is pleased, Heb 13:16 (Matt 25:34ff)
8Sacrifice Of Praise (Heb 13:15) God is praised when we confess His name in our lives, Matt 10: (Rev 2:13)Assembled worship is one way, Heb 10:24-25Neglect is a refusal to offer the sacrifice of praise to God, cf. Psa 42:4Worship seeks God’s favor as we give Him homage, 2 Sam 24:25
9Our Spiritual Sacrifices Every expression of faithEvery word of praiseEvery pure thoughtEvery helping hand to othersEvery obedient action…these are all spiritual sacrifices made to God (Rom 12:1)