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Stewardship and Our Sacrifice (6 of 9)
Series: Responsible Stewardship
Romans 12:1, 2
July 30, 2003
1. Last week we talked about "Stewardship and Steadfastness--"dealing with our faith--both "the" faith (what we believe), and our personal faith, how we live--trusting and believing God in every detail of life. There must be steadfastness in these areas of life. It is a stewardship responsibility given to us by God.
2. This evening we are going to discuss "Stewardship and Sacrifice." Sacrifice is a stewardship responsibility. 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 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."
3. Let me give you three points. . .
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.
2. 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."
3. We live in a time of "easy believism." Very few Christians today understand the word, "sacrifice." There is very little commitment, very little dedication; however, there is a whole lot of; "I'll live how I determine and they way in which I choose."
a. We must understand that not only have we been called to salvation, but we ha ...
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