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Message series awakening - part 7 - awakening to sacrifice - pastor chuck bernal - 06-11-17


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This message is Part 7 in the message series “AWAKENING” by Pastor Chuck Bernal. In this message titled, “Awakening To Sacrifice”, Pastor Chuck talks about the importance of genuine sacrifice in the Christian life and why we should be willing to sacrifice our lives for the Lord. Using stories from the life of David, Mary and Paul, he talks about the nature of sacrifice: it is costly, illogical and personal - and how gratitude is the key motivator for real sacrifice. This message was delivered at LifePointe Church in Crowley, TX on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

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Message series awakening - part 7 - awakening to sacrifice - pastor chuck bernal - 06-11-17

  1. 1. David & Svea Flood Swedish missionar ies to the Belgian Congo (1921)
  2. 2. awakening to sacrifice (true living comes by giving)
  3. 3. nothing of spiritual significance comes without sacrifice. your spirituality will always be measured by the size of your sacrifice.
  4. 4. the sweet smell of sacrifice what it means
  5. 5. I have everything I need and more than enough. I am taken care of because Epaphroditus brought your gift. It is a sweet gift. It is a gift that cost you something. It is the kind of gift God is so pleased with.
  6. 6. And now I have it all—and keep getting more! The gifts you sent with Epaphroditus were more than enough, like a sweet-smelling sacrifice roasting on the altar, filling the air with fragrance, pleasing God no end.
  7. 7. the sweet smell of sacrifice in the life of david
  8. 8. But the king answered, “No, I will pay you for it. I will not offer to the LORD my God sacrifices that have cost me nothing.” And he bought the threshing place and the oxen for fifty pieces of silver.
  9. 9. But the king said to Araunah, “No. I’ve got to buy it from you for a good price; I’m not going to offer GOD, my God, sacrifices that are no sacrifice.” So David bought the threshing floor and the ox,
  10. 10. He built an altar to GOD there and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. GOD was moved by the prayers and that was the end of the disaster. (2 Samuel 24:24-25 – Msg)
  11. 11. true sacrifice is always costly
  12. 12. the sweet smell of sacrifice in the life of mary
  13. 13. Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume made from essence of
  14. 14. She broke open the jar and poured the perfume over his head. Some of those at the table were indignant. “Why waste such expensive perfume?” they asked.
  15. 15. So they scolded her harshly. But Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing such a good thing to me? You will always have the poor among you, and you can help them whenever you want to.
  16. 16. She has done what she could and has anointed my body for burial ahead of time. I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.”
  17. 17. Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus — the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor.
  18. 18. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.
  19. 19. But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the
  20. 20. and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always
  21. 21. true sacrifice is always illogical
  22. 22. the sweet smell of sacrifice in the life of paul
  23. 23. So then, my friends, because of God's great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him.
  24. 24. Brothers and sisters, in light of all I have shared with you about God’s mercies, I urge you to offer your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice to God, a sacred offering that brings Him pleasure; this is your reasonable,
  25. 25. So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering.
  26. 26. true sacrifice is always personal
  27. 27. the sweet smell of sacrifice why it matters
  28. 28. Love others as Christ has loved us. He gave his life for us, a sweet smelling offering and a sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:2 – World English Bible)
  29. 29. A genuine sense of gratitude is rooted in the realization that all that I am, all that I have and all that I have achieved, is not because of me. None of us is really
  30. 30. True worship is the realization that every good thing in our lives ultimately comes from the God who made us and loves us.
  31. 31. And this realization should lead to gratitude, and gratitude should lead us to one logical conclusion: God deserves to have the first place in our lives
  32. 32. This is the essence of what the Bible teaches about the nature of sacrifice and worship.
  33. 33. david
  34. 34. a sacrifice to thank God for his undeserved forgiveness
  35. 35. mary
  36. 36. a sacrifice to thank God for his unconditional love
  37. 37. paul
  38. 38. a sacrifice to thank God for his unexpected mercy
  39. 39. Giving thanks is the sacrifice that honors me . . . (Psalm 50:23 – Good News Bible)
  40. 40. Aggie Hurst Daughter of David & Svea Flood
  41. 41. Pastor Ruhigita Ndagord a Superinten dent of the Pentecostal Church in Zaire