SACRIFICIAL

Week 1

I've heard it said that "Sacrifice is giving up something you love for something you love even more." As we begin this new year together, what might Christ (who is no stranger to the sacrificial life) be calling you to "sacrifice" (for your benefit and for His glory) as you grow and serve for Him? Join us for the month of January as we look at some of what it means to live, love, and give sacrificially. You'll be glad you did!


Pastor James

SACRIFICIAL LOVE



“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 (NLT2)


“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

John 15:12-13 (NLT2)


“...I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

John 13:34-35 (NLT2)



“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us.  So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

1 John 3:16 (NLT2)


“...dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Romans 12:1-2 (NLT2)


“For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will. They begged us again and again for the privilege of sharing in the gift for the believers in Jerusalem. They even did more than we had hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do.”

2 Corinthians 8:3-5 (NLT2)



A SACRIFICIAL LIFE INVOLVES BRINGING YOUR...


...TIME

...TALENTS

           ...TREASURES


...TO HIS ALTAR AND FOR HIS USE!




“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.”

Revelation 3:15-17 (NLT2)



  • Are you as on-fire and on-mission for God as you used to be?   


  • Are you more or less in love with Christ than you were 1 year ago?  5 years ago? 20 years ago?


  • Does serving him and His people fill you with joy?


  • Do you see ministry as a blessing you “get to” experience or a job you “have to” do?


  • Do you protect your times with God and His community as THE  priority of your life?


  • Do you faithfully serve the Lord and His church with your gifts (spiritually, financially)?




“...I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!  Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches.”

Revelation 2:4-5 (NLT2)