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Offering Spiritual Sacrifices
"OFFERING THE SACRIFICE OF WORSHIP" (3 of 3)
I Peter 2:5, 1 Chronicles 16:29
1. Over the past three weeks we have turned our attention
to Peter's description of the believer being a spiritual
priest. We have considered the fact that as a "holy
priesthood" (2:9) and a "royal priesthood" (2:9) we are "to
offer up spiritual sacrifices" (2:5).
2. Peter describes the spiritual sacrifices we are to offer
as "acceptable unto God by Jesus Christ" (2:5). The word
"acceptable" describes that which is well received by God.
The spiritual sacrifices that we are to offer as a holy and
royal priests are highly desired by God and readily
received when offered. Such spiritual sacrifices God takes
great pleasure in when offered by His children.
3. What are these spiritual sacrifices? That has been the
object of my preaching for these three services. There are
three in particular that I am bringing to your attention.
The first we considered was the sacrifice of praise.
Hebrews 13:15 tells us, "By him therefore let us offer the
sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit
of our lips giving thanks to his name." As a spiritual
priest, we are to offer to God a sacrifice of praise. We
saw that the sacrifice of praise was a personal, proper,
and perpetual offering.
4. Then we considered the sacrifice of thanksgiving. We
read the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 116:17, " I will
offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call
upon the name of the Lord." As we considered the sacrifice
of thanksgiving we saw that we are to approach the presence
of God, attend the house of God, and acknowledge the work
of God with an offering of thanksgiving.
5. Today we want to consider the sacrifice of worship. One
of the sacrifices that are offered by the believer that is
well received by God is worship. In 1 Chronicles 16 we
find David and the children of Israel ce ...
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