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Summary: What offering are you giving the Lord?

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INTRO: A hen and a pig approached a church and read the advertised sermon topic: “What can we do to help the poor?” Immediately the hen suggested they feed them bacon and eggs. The pig thought for a moment and said, “There is only one thing wrong with feeding bacon and eggs to the poor. For you it requires only a contribution, but for me it requires everything.”

Today, look at two brothers and one who made pleasing offerings to the Lord while the other

didn’t.

TITLE: What Are Our Sacrifices to God

TEXT: Gen.4:l-16

I. The Brothers (home and job) - Gen. 4:1-16 (READ)

A. First home - divinely appointed by God, increase of the human race.

1. Male and female - together to raise a family. Not female and female, or male and male, co-parenting, transsexual relationships.

a. Home brings happiness - a safe environment where children can play and feel safe.

- a place where mom and dad can teach the ways of God.

1. Greatest teachers - Mom and dad are the greatest teachers. Who are going to make the greatest impact (+ or - ) not pastors, teachers, counselors, it’s mom and dad!

b. Home brings discipline - mom and dad discipline your children! Don’t leave it to someone else. (Teachers, pastors, police officers).

ex Logan at camp, James Dobson “Strong Willed Child”.

B. First jobs - work by the sweat of our brow, work was going to be a drudgery (after sin).

1. Cain - farmer, worked the ground for a living.

2. Abel - rancher, took care of live stock.

3. Knew their calling - Cain and Abel knew what the Lord had for each of them. What he called them in advance to do.

Jer. 1:5 - “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

a. God’s divine purpose - God has set in advance for us to do good works according to the book of Ephesians.

- Just as God had a specific purpose for Jeremiah, he has a specific purpose for our lives. If I ask you what it is, could you answer?

-A lot of frustration comes from not knowing what God wants us to do. Where do we fit in the church, workplace, God’s will.

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1. Find out - don’t just exist. Seek Gods face - “What do you want me to do.” (Church - find a need and fill it).

4. First job didn’t interfere with worshipping God!

ex Mr. Egan - football story.

a. Don’t let things come before the Lord whether it’s activities, sports, work.

-Balance (quit work to worship God and forsake your family); and on the other hand, don’t give all the reasons in the world why things are getting piled in front of the Lord!

-Excuses are the nails that built the house of failure.

1. Law of diminish returns - get less and less

ex Boundaries for church set by parents, children will usually not exceed them).

-Generally children will not be holier than their parents. It can be different but generally not.

a. Parents that’s why we have a great responsibility to the spiritual walk of our family.

I Cor. 4:16 – “Therefore, I urge you to imitate me.” Paul is writing to the church at Corinth and saying copy me as I copy Jesus.


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