The inspired text of 1 Peter 2:4-5 says, “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” I want to zero in on one arresting thought in this passage. Peter speaks of believer’s offering “spiritual sacrifices.”

The context speaks of believers as a “holy priesthood.” The primary function of the Old Testament priest, as they ministered in the tabernacle and later in the temple, was to offer animal sacrifices. These sacrifices were for atonement for the sins of the Old Testament people. When Jesus inaugurated the new covenant, animal sacrifices were no longer necessary. The only sacrifices remaining for the believer to offer up were spiritual sacrifices. That begs the question, what are spiritual sacrifices?

Spiritual sacrifices are “offerings” or “sacrifices” a follower of Jesus offers to the Lord. Let me share with you six acceptable spiritual sacrifices found in the New Testament.

Your Bodies - Romans 12:1-2. We are to present our bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, which is acceptable to God. We are to crawl up on the altar and offer to our Father our complete body. As someone once said, the only problem with live sacrifices is they can crawl off the altar. Every day offer yourself to the Lord.

Your Praise - Hebrews 13:15. We are to “continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God.” Our verbal praise from a grace-filled heart is a spiritual offering unto God.

Your good works and possessions - Hebrews 13:16. Let me quote this verse, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” The believer’s good works and generous desire to share what God has given to Him is a sacrifice offered to God.

People you have led to Christ - Romans 15:15-16. This invigorating and encouraging passage speaks of Paul’s offering of Gentile believers to the Lord as an acceptable offering. People you lead to the Lord are a spiritual sacrifice to our rescuing and saving Father.

Your financial giving to the Lord’s work - Paul refers to monetary gifts that the church at Philippi sent him through Epaphroditus. These gifts are described as a “fragrant offering and a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.”

Your prayers - Revelation 8:3-4. In these verses the prayers of the saints are seen rising unto God. The unbelievable thought in these verses is that the incense cloud of the saints’ prayers rises into the presence of God. Your prayers, child of God, are a spiritual sacrifice offered to the Lord.

Today, my encouragement to you is to offer spiritual sacrifices to your loving, faithful, redeeming, and gracious Heavenly Father.

Updated: Jul 20

Dear Church Family,

Isaiah 40:28 declares, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”

We serve a sovereign and strong God “who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” God’s church is filled with hope!

I am excited to announce that we will begin regathering for worship on June 7. Last week I went on Facebook Live and laid out for you our regathering plan. If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch the video, please go to the FBCZ Facebook page. It does give a number of important details.

This printed copy is a succinct summary of our plan. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the church, which is now open again!

I trust and pray that you are finding strength in the Lord during these uncertain days. I think of 1 Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” Reading this verse is like standing under a spiritual waterfall and allowing the love and care of God to wash over our souls. Follower of Jesus be strengthened today in the grace of the Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Paul

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Updated: Mar 11

Sunday –

  • Jesus triumphant entrance into Jerusalem

Matthew 21:1-11

Mark 11:1-11

Luke 19:28-40

John 12:12-19

Monday –

  • Curses the fig tree on the way into the city

Matthew 21:18-22

  • Weeps over Jerusalem

Luke 19:41-44

  • Cleanses the temple for the second time in His ministry

Mark 11:15-19

Luke 19:45-48

Tuesday –

  • Finds the fig tree withered; teaches on faith

Mark 11:20-25

Wednesday – Silent Day

  • No record in the Gospels, but much activity as Jesus prepares for the Last Supper and as Judas and Sanhedrin prepare for Jesus’ arrest.

Thursday –

  • Peter and John sent to make preparation for Passover Meal

Luke 22:7-13

  • Lord’s Supper instituted

Matthew 26:26-29

Luke 22:14-20

  • To Garden of Gethsemane; Jesus’ agony

Matthew 26:36-46

Mark 14:32-42

Luke 22:39-46

  • Betrayal by Judas; arrest by Sanhedrin

Matthew 26:47-56

John 18:1-11

Friday –

The trials of Jesus Christ

  • First trial, before Annas

  • Second [and primary] trial before Sanhedrin; Jesus is condemned, misused

  • Third trial, immediately at dawn

  • Fourth trial, before Pilate

  • Fifth trial, before Herod

  • Sixth trail, before Pilate

  • Jesus is scourged

  • Jesus bears His cross to the gate on north of city and is crucified around 9am

Matthew 26:57-27:44

Mark 14:53-72

Luke 22:54-23:25

John 18:12-19:16

Jesus’ Seven Saying from the Cross

The Death of the God-Man

  • About 3pm; veil torn, rocks rent; some graves opened and people rise [to mortality] and go into the city

  • Jesus’ side pierced

  • Passover lambs slain in temple

  • Jesus buried by sundown

Matthew 27:45-61

Mark 15:16-47

Luke 23:26-56

John 19:16-37

Saturday –

  • At the request of the Jewish leadership; Pilate grants a guard and sets a seal on the tomb of Jesus

Matthew 27:62-66

Sunday –

Jesus Christ rises from the dead and makes appearances on the day of His rising to:

  • Mary Magdalene and other women who come to the tomb.

Matthew 28:1-10

Mark 16:1-9

John 20:11-18

  • To disciples on the road to Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35

  • To the astonished disciples [Thomas is absent]

John 20-19-23

Luke 24:36-49

  • To Simon Peter [nowhere recorded, but alluded to in Luke 24:33-34]

[some info adapted from – Doug Bookman]


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