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Bible Way Ministries                               Lonnie Green III, Senior Pastor

Spiritual Sacrifices

Lesson Two

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)  

 

II. Fasting

  1. What is Fasting:

Fasting is abstaining from one’s pleasures (usually food and drink) and the marriage relationship (1 Corinthians 7:5) for a period of time in order to pray and seek God.

  1. Is The Church Commanded to Fast?

No.  The church is commanded to pray, but nowhere in the Bible is the church commanded to fast.  However, Christ said that we would fast (Matthew 9:15 ) and the early church fasted (Acts 13:2). Throughout the New Testament there is the inference that the church would fast. 

  1. What is the benefit of Fasting:

More effective prayer and power are the benefits of fasting.  Fasting and praying is more valuable and authoritative than praying without fasting.  Christ said that certain demons could only be cast out through prayer and fasting. (Mark 9:29 )

 

III. Church Attendance

 

  1. Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together”

  It is the Lord’s plan for the church to assemble together to worship as a unit.  Each member of the body of Christ needs the help, encouragement, and blessing that can be offered by the entire body of believers.  Just as one member of our physical body has to be united in order to enjoy health and life, the member of the church needs to be united spiritually to the body of Christ in order to be prosper holistically. 

 

IV. Holy Living

 

  1. Psalms 19:2 “Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness.”

  The true church is a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle (Ephesians 5:27 ).  The Lord is looking for a body of believers who are not just talking the talk, but walking the walk.  Holiness is more that just a wardrobe, but it is THE way of Life.  Salvation beautifies the meek (Psalms 149:4) and the bride who awaits the coming of her Lord is a holy church that is beautiful in the sight of Jesus Christ (Song of Solomon 6:4).