New Beginnings Church NOTES
______________________________ Pastor Tom Matson
A living sacrifice
Romans 12:1-2 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.
Romans 13:11-14 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
I fear that many of us consider our Christian faith to be nothing more than a mere "part" of our lives - an "important" part, to be sure; but only one part of many, and not the single most important factor in who we are.
In this passage, God has a message to us through His servant Paul.
It's this: Stop being casual about your faith!
Stop being lazy about it!
Stop playing "church"!
This isn't a fire-drill!
This isn't a dress-rehearsal!
This is the real thing!
Wake up! Get moving! Serve! Give! Sacrifice! Suffer, if need be!
1. NOW'S THE TIME TO WAKE UP (v. 11).
2. NOW'S THE TIME TO GET DRESSED (v. 12).
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
Colossians 1:12-13 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.
3. NOW'S THE TIME TO START WALKING (V. 13).
Once you've woken up, and once you've gotten dressed, it's time to get out the door.
4. NOW'S THE TIME TO KEEP FOCUSED (v. 14).
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