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LIVERMORE – At the North Livermore Baptist Church service on March 6, the congregation was greeted by Pastor Bonnie Higgins at 9.30am to begin the service. The call to worship was read and the invocation/Lord’s prayer was recited. The hymns that were sung were “Victory in Jesus”, “Are You Washed in the Blood?” and “I give up everything”. The service ended with communion and “Blessed be the bond that binds”. Linda Lyman is the organist each week. Lew Lyman conducts congregational music each week.
The sermon, titled “Understanding Sacrifice” and scripture reading from Hebrews 10:8-10. Pastor Bonnie began to explain that we now begin the holy season of the journey to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. She went on to say that a sacrifice is giving up something precious. God gave him the most precious person, His Son, Jesus for us, and we were sinners and He always knew that He had to sacrifice His Son for us to be reconciled to Him. The sacrifice of the Son of God is what brings us together as believers through the blood that Jesus shed for all. Only those who accept the gift of salvation brought to us by the blood of Jesus are reconciled to God. This free gift of salvation is entirely due to the sacrifice God has made for us.
Pastor Bonnie used Abraham and his son Isaac from the Old Testament as an example of another father who had to sacrifice his son. As Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, God intervened and delivered a ram to be sacrificed instead. God did not do this for himself. He sent His Son to be the sacrifice for all mankind for the sin in the world. Pastor Bonnie told the New Testament story of how the rich man went to the temple and put money in the coffers, but made sure everyone heard the money coming in. They did this not just because it was supposed to give, but to make sure everyone saw them giving. They gave what they had and made sure to keep what they needed. When the woman came and put in some coins, which is all she had, Jesus was more pleased with the woman because she gave all she had. Woman sacrificed all she had for God, rich men did not.
During this time and the rest of the year, there are reasons why we should sacrifice ourselves for God. It is not a sacrifice if we do not voluntarily give up something that is valuable to us. If you give up something that is worthless to you, is that really a sacrifice? Saying you’re going to give up coffee for a while and only drink it once or twice a month really isn’t a sacrifice. If you say you are going to fast because you don’t have much food, that is a condition of life and not a sacrifice. You cannot sacrifice something that does not belong to you. If you offer someone else to do something, you don’t sacrifice anything, neither your money, nor your time, nor anything. When we sacrifice something, we have to participate in it.
The ways to make sacrifices to God are to give Him time, to give up your favorite TV show to read His Word or to pray to Him, to take your time to volunteer to help others, to visit people, calling people, feeding people, etc. the list is unlimited. Our time is precious to us, we all have things in our lives, we just need to prioritize our time to make sure we give some of it in Jesus name to others, most of the time it means giving up something in our lives to work on the relationship with God.
For us to have a personal relationship with God, God knew that we were all sinners and that had to be rectified so that we would be in his presence. If we were to spend eternity with him, we had to get rid of the sin that we carried. It was done by Jesus on the cross, He took all our sins on Himself so that we could be reconciled to God. In the Old Testament, people brought a blood offering to priests to wash away their sins for a year. They had to keep coming back for forgiveness. God decided he wanted sin to be rid of once and for all, and that’s why he sent Jesus to the cross to shed his own blood for each of us and our sins. Jesus was sinless, but he became sin for each of us, so that we could receive eternal life through his death and resurrection, simply by accepting and repenting of our sins.
We must remember during this season, that Jesus came voluntarily from heaven to earth to sacrifice all that he was for us. It was the ultimate sacrifice!
The announcements listed in the bulletin were that the congregation will be collecting any type of dry pasta for the pantry in the month of March. Bible study begins at 1 p.m. every Tuesday. If there is snow on the roof, do not park next to the church. AA meetings are held on Friday evenings at the church.
For more information, see our website at northlivermorebaptistchurch.org. You can email the church at [email protected] Pastor Bonnie’s office hours are Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. When there is no school due to weather, Pastor Bonnie will not be in the office and all events on that day will be cancelled.