Exodus 19:5-6 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel."
1 Peter 2:4-5, 9 4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
We are now ministers of reconciliation - 2 Corinthians 5:20.
We are called to rescue sinners from the flames and the error of their ways.
The way we do this effectively is by understanding how we access the door. Luke 6:39 39 Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?
The natural instinct of a people who are churched and not equipped is to invite people into a structured meeting with men instead of inviting them to A Man.
Ephesians 5:1-2 1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Romans 12:1 (NKJV) 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:1 (NIV) 1 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.
A living sacrifice has ceased to exist living for themselves!
Sacrifice - an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy.
Choosing to stay on the altar is a daily decision.
Philippians 2:17-18 17 Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.
Hebrews 13:15 15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
We don’t always feel like praising but He is ALWAYS worthy of it…
Not based on circumstances but based on facts!!!
John 13:3-5, 14-15 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
Ephesians 5:25-26 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.
Ephesians 5:8 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.
1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
We were darkness. We’ve been rescued and made into Light!!!
Matthew 5:14-16 14 "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
You were made to shine in the world! We are the only source of light.
Proverbs 22:9 9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.
1 John 3:17 17 But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Try reaching a world with an empty stomach.
John 21:17 17 Feed my sheep.
Matthew 14:19 19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes.