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Offering and Sacrifices

“Our Offering”

 

Dear Brother and sisters,

The month of October is special to New Apostolic Christians. As guided by the Chief Apostle in his monthly divine service guide our focus this month will be on “Our Offering”.

 

Sacrifices and offerings are gifts offered to God, as an expression of worship, dedication, gratitude, expiation or cleansing of sin.

 

The Catechism of the New Apostolic Church teaches us that “sacrifices” refer to the spiritual and material gifts and talents that are offered to God as an expression of our love for Him and His work.

 

Let us offer to God because we love Him! Apostle Paul told the congregation in Corinth, as is recorded in 2 Corinthians 9:7, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” So when we love God and His work, we will bring our sacrifices and offerings, and honour Him - Proverbs 3:9-10.

 

In the book of Matthew 16:24, the Lord Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Following Christ requires self-denial, which means giving up certain things and being prepared to make sacrifices.

 

For our sacrifices and offerings to be acceptable to God, they must be offered out of faith. God looks upon both those bringing the sacrifices and the sacrifices themselves. While He graciously accepted the sacrifice brought to Him in faith by Abel, He rejected Cain and his sacrifice (Hebrews 11: 4 and Genesis 4: 4–5). “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,” (Hebrews 11:6).

 

Many a time children of God devote their time and resources towards God's work in the Church or in the community they live in, or even taking care of disadvantaged people. All this relates to sacrifice (Catechism of the New Apostolic Church 13.2.3).

 

The abundance of blessing is also to be understood as an expression of God’s love and faithfulness toward His own. We are to regard our sacrifices and offerings as an expression of love and gratitude to God, not as a burdensome duty.

 

As a way of sacrifice, let us dedicate our lives to God and live in accordance to His will and with the gospel of Jesus.

 

I wish you all God’s richest blessings.

 

Charles S. Ndandula