StoneBridge Community Church
Sacrifice… Makes Surprising Sense
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

The Text In Context

Bob Utley, "Matthew 13"

Offerings and Sacrifices

Richard E. Averbeck, "Offerings and Sacrifices" from Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Edited by Walter A. Elwell. © 1996 by Walter A. Elwell.
"Not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice"
There is no success without sacrifice. If we succeed without sacrifice, it’s because someone who went before us made the sacrifice. If you sacrifice and don’t see success, then someone who follows will reap success from your sacrifice. —John Maxwell
For Reflection/Discussion
For Reflection/Discussion: Who are some of the people who have made sacrifices for you— for your education, your freedom, your faith, and other blessings you enjoy but may be tempted to take for granted?
What is a sacrifice?
A sacrifice is giving up something valuable and precious in order to gain something even more valuable and precious.

The Copper Scroll (3Q15) [replica]

Copper Scroll

The Copper Scroll is one of the Dead Sea Scrolls found in Cave 3 near Khirbet Qumran, but differs significantly from the others. Whereas the other scrolls are written on parchment or papyrus, this scroll is written on metal. Unlike the others, it is not a literary work, but a list of locations at which various items of gold and silver are buried or hidden. Wikipedia article.

Saying No to New Cars

Dave Ramsey, "Saying No to New Cars"
For Reflection/Discussion
For Reflection/Discussion: In Jesus' Parable of the Rich Fool, the rich man assumes that, if he has more than he needs, any surplus is for his own pleasure and enjoyment. What might be some other reasons that God gives us more than we need?

Raising Cain

Keith Krell, "Raising Cain" (Genesis 4:1-26). A helpful article that addresses some of the questions you may have about the story of Cain and Abel.
For Reflection/Discussion
For Reflection/Discussion: When the LORD accepts Abel's offering but not his own, Cain becomes so angry that he murders his brother. Why does Cain become angry, rather than reflective, when his offering isn't accepted? Why, in your judgment, do some people become angry or defensive when the topic of tithing and giving is discussed in church?

The First Mourning (Adam and Eve Mourn the Death of Abel). William-Adolphe Bouguereau. 1888. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires

1. A right sacrifice…
1. A right sacrifice costs me something.
2. A right sacrifice…
2. A right sacrifice represents my best.
3. A right sacrifice…
3. A right sacrifice demonstrates my love.
For Reflection/Discussion
For Reflection/Discussion: How do our campus and current facilities reflect the love and sacrifice of members who have come before us? How does our participation in the REACH campaign demonstrate our love for God and others?

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. —Jim Elliot

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