by Lenny Ports

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The Calling of the Church (4 of 7)
Series: The Church
Lenny Ports
Ephesians 1:1

In last week's message ''The Significance of the Sacrifice,'' we learned that because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we are called to live a sacrificial life as believers in Jesus. Even though Jesus' death on the cross was the final sacrifice needed to pay the penalty for all of mankind's sin, He calls those that have received His free gift of salvation to live a life that brings glory to God by giving our lives to others.
- We learned that this lifestyle is expressed through true LOVE - a love that is willing to lay down one's life for another, preferring the other over ourselves, and seeking to benefit another at the expense of self. the virtue of living a life of sacrifice for others is displayed.
- We learned that this life of sacrifice that God was calling us to is one of ATONEMENT, or covering. We seek to cover our brother or sister rather than expose or gossip about them. We recognize that we are all a work in progress and none of us have arrived. We cover each other in prayer knowing that God is at work in them, and we cover each other in love because love covers a multitude of sins.
- We also learned that this life of Sacrifice is one of showing MERCY. Since Jesus has shown us such rich mercy, we too must extend that same kind of mercy to others. Blessed are the merciful, they shall obtain mercy. We all need mercy, not judgment. Having mercy on others means that we do not sit in the seat of a judge over them, rather we realize that if we were put in a similar situation as them, we may have also committed that same sin/crime.
- Lastly, we learned that living a sacrificial life brings the BLESSING of the Lord to whoever is being sacrificial. God blesses the unselfish. PERIOD. The selfish He turns over to themselves. Sacrificial living has a cost, but the benefit far outweighs the cost. I made a statement last week that I want to reiterate. Sacrifice means that I give up ...

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