Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Bible Way Ministries                               Lonnie Green III, Senior Pastor

Spiritual Sacrifices

Lesson Three

Facilitator: Lonnie R. Green

Notes From: The Foundation of Truth By Bishop Lonnie Green  PH.D, D.D

1 Peter 2:5

You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a royal priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (NKJV)  

 

V. Thanksgiving

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:18   “In everything give thanks.”

Ingratitude is a condition of the last days (2 Timothy 3:2, Romans 1:21 ).  Only one leper returned to thank the Lord for healing them; nine went their way without returning to give thanks.  How many times has God blessed you and you went your own way without giving thanks?  Thanksgiving is closely connected with prayer and worship.  It is the link in the chain that binds prayer and worship together.  Everything that we are or have, everything that we have enjoyed or enjoy come from His munificent hand.  So there should always flow from the church a constant stream of thanksgiving

 

VI. Worship

  1. What is Worship:

  Worship is a definite act of the soul as it bows before God in deep adoration and absorbed contemplation of the majesty and glory of God.  In prayer we are occupied with our needs, in thanksgiving we are occupied with our blessings, but in worship we are lost to self and captivated by Christ.  It is in worship that the Lord is most pleased! 

 

  1. How are we to Worship

  There are two elements to true worship: Spirit and Truth.  To worship the Lord in truth we must have a revelation of who He is and who we are in Him.  To worship Him in Spirit, we must first be filled with His precious spirit, and have a true relationship with Him.    Only Spirit Filled Bible Believers can truly worship the Lord. 

 

VII. Witnessing

  1. Acts 1:8 “Ye shall be my witnesses”

  The word “witness” comes from the Greek word “martys” from which we get the English word “martyr”.  The meaning of being a witness is to bear testimony of the faith to the point of suffering and dying if need be for our faith.  The act of witnessing was not restricted to the apostles but all the believers were witnesses.  Every member of the church regardless to age or position in life is to be a witness.  We are to witness to the ministry of Jesus Christ (Acts 10:39 -41) and to His saving power (Acts 10:43 ).  We are to be prepared to witness to the truth of the Scriptures and to the personal experience with God (1 Peter 3:15 ).