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The Gain of Sacrifice

Jesus is the treasure that is worth sacrificing everything else for.
This sermon is part of the sermon series Free to Sacrifice.See series.


I returned from a two-week trip to Nairobi, Kenya, and Jos, Nigeria, where we were visiting some of our dear friends and ministry partners in the gospel. There is one guy in particular who is a good friend of our diocese, works with and under Archbishop Kwashi—his name is Venerable Mark/Mukan. “Venerable” is his official title. Mark, or Mukan as we call him, sometimes, has been to our church and hopefully, Lord willing, we’re going to be able to bring him back here again shortly. Mukan is full of crazy stories of God’s intervention and miracles in his life, as many of our African Christian friends are.

So he was telling me this story about traveling up in the northeast of Nigeria, and he was driving his car in the middle of nowhere and going by this small village, and the car broke down and couldn’t move. He couldn’t get it to start. So he got out and he noticed that he was right by this small village. So he went into the village. He started talking to people, noticed there was a lot of children there, and he noticed there wasn’t a church there. So he thought, This is interesting. Maybe I’ll come back and visit here someday. By the way, his car had serious engine problems so he had to get a rebuilt engine. So he gets the rebuilt engine, he’s driving the same car, and in exactly the same spot, the car broke down again, right in front of that village. He had some little activity books for children so “I got out and I was talking to the villagers and I was getting to know them, and I noticed hey had no church.” He got back to Jos, and then he got another engine rebuilt so that’s two new engines in two months. And then he says, “And ...

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Matt Woodley serves as the Editor for and the Pastor of Compassion Ministries at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois. He is also the author of God With Us: The Gospel of Matthew (IVP).

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