Gene Cunningham - May 23, 2000

Living Sacrifice 25

"Reasonable service" = "worship" (Rom 12:1). We dedicate our life to Him. Everything He asks, He has a right to. The first mention of the word "worship" (Gen 22:1-18). God wants to bless us through testing; requirement on us is availability (Gen 22:1). Worship involves a price; for Abraham it was Isaac. Worship involves a witness, readiness (Gen 22:3). Worship involves the mundane (e.g. chopping wood), and obedience (e.g. geographic, action, attitude - Gen 22:4-5, Heb 11:19) Jesus told the Pharisees they did not have faith like Abraham (Joh 8:56, Gal 3:8, Gen 22:4). Isaac had to trust his dad (Gen 22:6-9). "God will supply Himself a Lamb" (Gen 22:7-8, Joh 1:29, Gen 22:13). God's request of Abraham was reasonable; He provided Isaac by Grace in the first place. He was acceptable to God because of living sacrifice (Gen 22:12, Rom 12:1, Jam 2:23). We can enter to worship in the daily, mundane things. True worship results in blessing and reward.

Scripture References: Genesis 22:4, Romans 12:1, Genesis 22:1-18, Galatians 3:8, Genesis 22:12, Romans 12:1, John 8:56, Genesis 22:13, Hebrews 11:19, John 1:29, Genesis 22:4-5, Genesis 22:7-8, Genesis 22:3, Genesis 22:6-9, James 2:23, Genesis 22:1

From Series: "Living Sacrifice (1995)"

Romans 12 and specifically Rom 12:1-2 is a pivot point between the doctrinal section and application of the book. This series methodically uses this passage to outline aspects or doctrines of the christian life -- God's provision and our prospect. Our lives can be acceptable to God if we progress on the path He intends. Living Sacrifice presents 12 doctrines: (1) redeeming time; (2) standing (positional truth); (3) self-presentation - availability; (4) approval; (5) service; (6) provision; (7) spiritual warfare; (8) conformity; (9) spiritual advance; (10) renewal; (11) divine guidance; (12) abundant life.

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