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Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us at the next Sunday worship service:
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9:00am & 10:45am,
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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A LIVING SACRIFICE

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:1- 2.

In the first 11 chapters of Romans, Paul is telling the Christian community in Rome—and us as believers on the Emerald Coast how we should live.

But hearing the words living sacrifice seems a little weird in 2024. A living sacrifice must have sounded a little odd to those listening to Paul’s words in Biblical times as well.  They were used to bringing a live animal to the priest, who would kill the animal as the sacrifice, atoning for their sin. Paul is saying that we no longer have to bring a sacrifice; we become one. Offering ourselves as living sacrifices is to choose daily to lay down our desires and to live our lives honoring and obeying Him.  It is trusting in the perfect plans He has for us. In other words, we offer all the parts of our bodies- eyes, ears, lips, hands, feet, heart, mind, in service to Him.

God has given us resources, the Holy Spirit, and His word to achieve our goals. The Holy Spirit lives within to convict and guide us.  The more you know of Him, the greater His voice rings out.

To be a living sacrifice is to desire to belong entirely to Him.  He knows our human weakness will interfere with our best intentions, and we will fail. That’s when we trust in His grace, mercy, and forgiveness and begin anew.

“For my own part, I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office. People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Is that a sacrifice which brings its own blest reward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Away with the word sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger, now and then, with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause, and cause the spirit to waver, and the soul to sink; but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice.” – David Livingstone.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you explain what it means to be a living sacrifice? 
  2. Do you have any specific examples of how it would look for you to live your unique life as a living sacrifice?

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