The Stewardship of Sacrifice
INTRODUCTION: This morning, I want to discuss with you two very important subjects; stewardship and sacrifice. We all understand what stewardship is; it is to be a steward or caretaker of something. To sacrifice means to give up something, usually at great expense or cost to ourselves. Keep in mind; God has never asked the unsaved world to sacrifice anything, but He has said that we, as believers, are to be willing to sacrifice-this is a commitment or stewardship given to all Christians. In Luke 9:23, Jesus said, ''If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.''
QUOTE: C. T. (1862-1931), the famous missionary to China, India and Africa, once said, ''If Jesus Christ is God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for him.''
Allow me to give you three points this morning:
I. Sacrifice Has Its Calling
II. Sacrifice Has Its Requirements
III. Sacrifice Has Its Reason
I. SACRIFICE HAS ITS CALLING
A. The People of the Calling
1. The people, according to (vs.1), are ''brethren.'' As I mentioned a moment ago, God's call for sacrifice is not to the world. The only sacrifice He expects from the unsaved man is the sacrifice of his own will. Once we have trusted Christ as Savior, we are no longer our own. We belong to Him. Paul referred to himself as a servant, or a ''bond slave of Christ.''
2. The average Christian today does not really understand the meaning of the word sacrifice. Folks tend to be too busy doing ''their thing.'' We need to understand that not only have we been called to salvation, but we have also been called to sacrifice.
B. The Basis of the Calling
1. Notice in (vs.1a), the words, ''by the mercies of God.'' This is the basis of the calling-the mercies of God. Everything God gives to us or does for us is based on His mercy: our salvation, our home in heaven, our provision, our daily blessi ...
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