Summary: Sixth sermon in series focuses on the biblical purpose of worship--with emphasis on a lifestyle of worship and surrender to God.
LEAVING IT ALL ON THE FIELD
Doing Life Together—Part 6
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1 (NIV)
Leave It All On The Field—“To exert maximum effort, to hold nothing back, to sacrifice greatly.”
Sermon Opener: (D) My Sacrifice (Creed)
What Does “Leaving It All On The Field” Look Like In The Bible?
I MAY HAVE TO ENGAGE IN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE
Peter Disobeyed The Sanhedrin’s Order to Stop Preaching Jesus
Then someone came and said, "Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people."  At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them.  Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest.  "We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name," he said. "Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood."  Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men! Acts 5:25-29 (NIV)
Three Hebrew Teens Disobeyed Nebuchadnezzar’s Order To Commit Idolatry
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king.  But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up." Daniel 3:16-18 (NIV)
Daniel Disobeyed Babylonian Order To Stop Praying
Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Daniel 6:10 (NIV)
It’s very difficult to do this alone? We aren’t meant to do this alone.
I MAY HAVE TO RISK MY PRIVILEGED POSITION
Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai:  "Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish." Esther 4:15-16 (NIV)
I MAY HAVE TO ENDURE CONTEMPT AND SCORN
"I am the Lord’s servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38 (NIV)
I’LL HAVE TO BE COURAGEOUS
No person, apart from Jesus himself, shaped the history of Christianity like the apostle Paul. Even before he was a believer, his actions were significant. His frenzied persecution of Christians following Stephen’s death got the church started in obeying Christ’s final command to take the gospel worldwide. Paul’s personal encounter with Jesus changed his life. He never lost his fierce intensity, but from then on it was channeled for the gospel.
Paul was very religious. His training under Gamaliel was the finest available. His intentions and efforts were sincere. He was a good Pharisee, who knew the Bible and sincerely believed that this Christian movement was dangerous to Judaism. Thus Paul hated the Christian faith and persecuted Christians without mercy.
Paul got permission to travel to Damascus to capture Christians and bring them back to Jerusalem. But God stopped him in his hurried tracks on the Damascus road. Paul personally met Jesus Christ, and his life was never again the same.
Until Paul’s conversion, little had been done about carrying the gospel to non-Jews. Philip had preached in Samaria and to an Ethiopian man; Cornelius, a Gentile, was converted under Peter; and in Antioch in Syria, some Greeks had joined the believers. When Barnabas was sent from Jerusalem to check on this situation, he went to Tarsus to find Paul and bring him to Antioch, and together they worked among the believers there. They were then sent on a missionary journey, the first of three Paul would take, that would carry the gospel across the Roman empire.
Paul Faced Injury and Torment With Courage
 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead.  But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe. Acts 14:19-20 (NIV)