Once Upon A Time Part 3: A Dad's Sacrifice

June 20, 2021


Kid City’s Family Game Night - June 25
If you have elementary age students, then you won’t want to miss our family game night on June 25 at 6:30pm at each of our campuses! There will be games and activities set up all over the building which will be a ton of fun. And it’s a great opportunity to meet other families and get to know your student’s small group leader. So mark your calendars for June 25 and we’ll see you then!

OneLife Students - ‘Murica Celebration on June 30

To get ready for the 4th of July, OneLife Students is celebrating America with some good ‘ole southern class with a ‘Murica Celebration party. It’ll take place at our East Campus on Wednesday night, June 30 at 6:30pm. So middle and high schoolers, break out your best mullets and red, white & blue attire, come ready for some hot dogs & backyard ‘Murica games, and get ready to celebrate the US of A! We can’t wait to see you there!


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Sacrifice is essential to life of faith.

Genesis 22:1-18 NLT

Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.
“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”  
2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”
3 The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”
6 So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, 7 Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
 “We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”
8 “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.
9 When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. 10 And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. 11 At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!”

12 “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”

13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. 14 Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

15 Then the angel of the Lord called again to Abraham from heaven. 16 “This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that 17 I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants[a] beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. 18 And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.”

1. Sacrifice is a test of faith.

2. Sacrifice builds faith.

3. Sacrifice proves faith.

4. Sacrifice multiplies faith.


Start Talking

When you think about your dad, what sacrifices did he make for you and your family because he knew it would pay off and be worth it? Or what sacrifices have you made for someone because you knew - you had faith - that the sacrifice would be worth it and pay off in the end?

Start Thinking

Read Genesis 22:1-2. What do you think went through Abraham's mind when he heard this? What would have made this a hard thing to hear if Abraham had little or no faith? And how did Abraham having faith make this test more bearable?

Read Genesis 22:3-5. What are some of the things you see Abraham do in this passage that shows his faith and obedience? How does this passage show a connection between faith, sacrifice, and obedience? Is it possible to have faith without total obedience and sacrifice? Why or why not?

Start Sharing

Read Luke 9:24. What parts of your life have you had to be willing to lose - or sacrifice - for Jesus? Was this hard for you? Why or why not?

Read James 1:2-4. When have you had your faith tested, especially because of giving up something you love for Jesus? How did it grow your endurance, patience, or perseverance? How did that test of faith grow your faith when you faced future trials or tests?

Start Doing

What steps of obedience does following Jesus require of you each and every day that also require you to sacrifice for Him? What is an area of sacrifice that you can focus on this week to grow your faith and build your faith?

How can you make a sacrifice this week that will multiply faith for others around you where you live, work, and play? What will you need to go give up so that your faith can be seen?



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