Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 23-AUG-2020 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Vikki Waller
Pentecost 12 – The apostle Paul urged his readers in Rome to offer their bodies as a "living sacrifice" acceptable to God – but what sort of sacrifice was it supposed to be? There are several different kinds of sacrifice, and Vikki in her sermon speaks of just three of them. First there is penal sacrifice, which deals with sin when a penalty must be paid; the assumption being that God is like the angry pagan gods which demand a penalty in spilt blood. But God wants mercy, not that sort of sacrifice. Secondly there is purging sacrifice, which often involves vilification, shaming and banishment of those with whom we disagree. It doesn't actually work, and Jesus urges us instead to love our enemies and do good for them. And thirdly, there is self sacrifice – sacrifice of personal preferences for the common good. That is the way of Jesus. Paul asks us not to be conformed to this world, but to follow the ways of Jesus and be transformed.
Romans 12: 1-8

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