Category Archives: Sacrifice

Pleasing the Father

What does it mean to “please” our Heavenly Father?  Jesus’ goal was to please the Father (John 8:29-30): to excite emotion; to be agreeable; to accommodate desires and interests.  Enoch’s life pleased God (Gen 5:23-24; Heb 11:5): to gratify entirely; to be well-pleasing.  (Strong’s and Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicons)

ATTENTION ?

2 Timothy 3:3-4 ? God is pleased when He has our full attention.

Be fruitful (Matt 13:18-23; Luke 8:11-15)
Be armored (Eph 6:13-19)

OBEDIENCE ?

John 8:29-30 ? God is pleased when we always obey Him.

Our assurance of answered prayer (1 John 3:21-22)
Our Lord’s food and initiative (John 4:34; 5:30)
Our Father’s response (Eph 1:20-23; Phil 2:5-11)

HOLINESS ?

1 Thessalonians 4:1-4 ? God is pleased when we sincerely sanctify our lives.

The process (Peter: Luke 22:34-34) and (Paul: Acts 21:13)

FAITH ?

Hebrews 11:6 ? God is pleased when we trustingly obey Him.

Diligence and Reward (Heb 11:24-26)

SACRIFICE ?

Hebrews 13:15-16 ? God is pleased when we willingly sacrifice what He requires.
Abundance of grace (Acts 4:32-35; 2:44)

PREACHING ?

1 Corinthians 1:21 ? God is pleased when we unashamedly tell His plan of salvation.

Heaven rejoices (Luke 15:7)

The joy of our hearts should be in giving God the pleasure He seeks.

— By Boyd Jennings

Teaching Us How To Love

Text: (Rom 5:6-11)

God, whose very nature defines love, has revealed in His word everything true about “love” (1 John 4:7-8, 16).  Love is the greatest trait we can possess (1 Cor 13:13).  God tells us He loves us (John 3:16a), & He even proved His love (John 3:16b).

I.    GOD TEACHES THE SACRIFICIAL NATURE OF HIS LOVE

A.    He came to love us (John 1:1-2, 14).
1.    He left eternal glory (John 17:5; Phil 2:5-8).
2.    He became weak before His enemies (Heb 2:14-15; 4:15; 2:18).
3.    He suffered for His enemies (Rom 5:6-11).
a.    Christ’s commitment to love (cf. 1 Cor 13)

II.    GOD TEACHES THE UNCONDITIONAL NATURE OF HIS LOVE

A.    Hosea was told to take wife of harlotry (Hosea 1:2).
1.    She was unfaithful.
2.    She became a slave.
3.    She was redeemed.
a.    God’s commitment to love (Eph 4:30; 2 Cor 11:2-4; Gal 3:13).

III.    GOD TEACHES THE DEMANDS OF HIS LOVE

A.    Jesus taught the demands of God’s love.
1.    “You must believe that I am God” (Exo 3:14; John 8:24).
2.    …confess the truth about Me” (Matt 10:32).
3.    …repent of sin” (Luke 13:3, 5).
4.    …be baptized to be saved from sin” (Mark 16:16).
5.    …follow Me out of darkness & into the light” (John 8:12).
a.    Our commitment to remain in His love (1 John 5:3; Jude 21).

IV.    SATAN DIMINISHES THE LOVE OF GOD

A.    Lie: “Sin cannot change God’s love” (1 Cor 16:22; Rom 6:1-2; cf. 1 Pet 2:16; 2 Pet 2:18-19).
B.    Lie: “Worship fulfills God’s demands of love” (Micah 6:6-8; Luke 11:42; John 5:42).
1.    Religious pride overlooks patience & mercy (Matt 9:13; Jas 2:13).

The Bread Taken, Blessed, Broken and Given — Jesus Takes Worship Very Seriously

“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it; and he gave to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body” (Matthew 26:26).

At the time only One Person understood the significance of what was taking place.

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