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April 25- Sermon Notes & Questions

AWE: Worshipping God Almighty!

Wk 3, “The Sacrifice of Worship”

Sermon Notes

April 25, 2021

We can worship by sacrificing our Treasure.

We can worship by sacrificing our Troubles.

We can worship by sacrificing our Time.

Genesis 22:1-18

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”

Sometimes we have to sacrifice the things we love to ensure God gets our full attention.

God will provide Himself a sacrifice!

Put God first in everything, He will not disappoint you.  He is the only one who will not disappoint you.

 

 

Week 3, “The Sacrifice of Worship”

  1. What do you think about when you hear the word sacrifice? What are some things you’ve had to sacrifice in your life?  Looking back on those sacrifices was it for the better in the long run or not?  Why are things that we’ve gotten used to so hard to give up?
  2. Read Malachi 3:10, tithing is usually something that can make us uncomfortable discussing, especially with new believers. Why is tithing/offering a form of sacrifice?  Can you think of ways God has blessed you when you’ve been faithful to give Him your first fruits?
  3. Abraham had many ups and downs in his life even though he spoke directly with God. Why do you think that is so?  Is there anything we can learn from Abraham’s life?
  4. At one point Abraham doesn’t hear from God for about 13 years. Do you also have times in your life when you feel God is not around?  What are some things we can do practically during these winter types of seasons when we don’t feel God is answering us?
  5. Abraham tells Sarah to tell both the Egyptians and King Abimelech that Sarah is his sister, what are the problems we can run into when we tell half-truths like Abraham did.
  6. Read Genesis 22:1-18, what do you think God meant by “your only son” when speaking to Abraham?
  7. Is there something that you love that God might be telling you is getting in the way of what God wants to do in your life?
  8. How important is reading the bible for a Christian believer? Do you have a reading plan you follow for the bible that you might be willing to share with the group? Can you offer any recommendations to remain consistent in reading the bible?