Sermon for July 31, 2022

Living Sacrifice

Romans 12:1-2

Romans 12:1–2 (NIV): 12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Jesus’ life is the G.O.S.P.E.L.

G- Gave his life for others (tithe)

O- Only Way of God

S- Sacrificed his life for his brothers (and sisters) – (offering)

P- Promotes Grace and Mercy

E- Elevates the Oppressed

L- Love Unconditionally

Jesus is lives out his GOSPEL…

Isaiah 9:2–7 (NIV): 2 The people walking in darkness

         have seen a great light;

         on those living in the land of deep darkness

         a light has dawned.

      3 You have enlarged the nation

         and increased their joy;

         they rejoice before you

         as people rejoice at the harvest,

         as warriors rejoice

         when dividing the plunder.

      4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,

         you have shattered

         the yoke that burdens them,

         the bar across their shoulders,

         the rod of their oppressor.

      5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle

         and every garment rolled in blood

         will be destined for burning,

         will be fuel for the fire.

      6 For to us a child is born,

         to us a son is given,

         and the government will be on his shoulders.

         And he will be called

         Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

         Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

      7 Of the greatness of his government and peace

         there will be no end.

         He will reign on David’s throne

         and over his kingdom,

         establishing and upholding it

         with justice and righteousness

         from that time on and forever.

         The zeal of the LORD Almighty

         will accomplish this.

And further:

Isaiah 61:1–3 (NIV): 61 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,

         because the LORD has anointed me

         to proclaim good news to the poor.

         He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

         to proclaim freedom for the captives

         and release from darkness for the prisoners,

      2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor

         and the day of vengeance of our God,

         to comfort all who mourn,

         3and provide for those who grieve in Zion—

         to bestow on them a crown of beauty

         instead of ashes,

         the oil of joy

         instead of mourning,

         and a garment of praise

         instead of a spirit of despair.

         They will be called oaks of righteousness,

         a planting of the LORD

         for the display of his splendor.

Jesus stated that this was about him:

Luke 4:16–22 (NIV): 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

      18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

         because he has anointed me

         to proclaim good news to the poor.

         He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

         and recovery of sight for the blind,

         to set the oppressed free,

         19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.

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