by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 5 and 6 of a 6 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 5: By Living Sacrificially
Series: Making God Smile
Stuart Briscoe
Romans 12:1-2

The concluding practical teachings of the Epistle to the Romans are based on an exhortation to "offer our bodies as living sacrifices." Whatever this means we can be sure that it results in a lifestyle that is "pleasing to God." Making God smile is reason enough to explore it!

I. What Is It that Is So Pleasing to God?

A. The place of sacrifice in Christian experience.
1. The emphasis on sacrifice in the O.T.
a. Creatures claiming protection.

b. Sinners craving forgiveness.

2. The sacrifice of Christ accomplishing both for humanity.

3. The sacrifice of the Christian in light of Christ's accomplishment.
a. Not an attempt to accomplish what He has accomplished.

b. But a response to what He has done on our behalf.

B. The particulars of sacrifice in Christian experience.
1. The emphasis on the "body." cf. Romans 6:13


Part 6: By Worshipping in Spirit and in Truth
Series: Making God Smile
Stuart Briscoe
John 4:23

In a conversation with a Samaritan woman in which they discussed worship, Jesus told her that the Father was seeking "true worshippers (who) will worship the Father in spirit and in truth." (John 4:23). We need to understand clearly what the Father is looking for.

I. Worship According to Jesus.

A. Samaritan worship-syncretism.

B. Jewish worship-formalism, nominalism. Isaiah 1:10ff, Matthew 23:1ff

C. "True" worship-"the hour is coming." See John 12:23
1. True worship is based on "truth." See John 8:31-36

2. True worship is born of the Spirit in the spirit. See John 14:17 ff

II. Worship in the Modern Era.

A. The old dangers of syncretism, nominalism and formalism.

B. The new tendency to limit "worship" to "praise."

C. The enduring need to engage in worship in its fullness.

III. Worship in the Early Church.

A. The emphasis on praise-formal and personal. See Acts 2:4, 8
1. Praise is a unique human response to divine revelation.

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