Acceptable Worship

In Genesis 4 we see sibling rivalry at its worst. But the heart of the matter is what is acceptable worship. One brother gave God what was convenient, while the other gave God his best. Cain compared himself to his brother, became angry, bitter, and did the unthinkable. His heart was not right.

Text: Genesis 4

Cain was born: “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” -Eve

Genesis 4:1-16

Acceptable Worship: Heart Attitude

Progression: Sin – Anger – Bitterness – More Sin

Old Testament vs. New Testament Offerings

Old Testament (The Law)

  • Exodus 13:2
  • Deuteronomy 26:2
  • Leviticus 27:26-30

New Testament (Grace)

  • 1 Corinthians 16:1-2
  • 2 Corinthians 8:11-12
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

What is an Acceptable Offering or Worship? What is God looking for?

  • Yourself – Time, Talents, Treasure
  • Your Family
  • Your Heart

Godly sorrow leads to repentance

2 Corinthians 7:10

Genesis 4:17-25

Take Home

Acceptable Offering to God – True Worship. Reflection back to God. Giving your best.

Yourself, your time, your talents, your treasure, your family.

Nothing we can do or offer to God is acceptable without Jesus.

  • Rom. 3:23 All have sinned.
  • Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;”
  • Hebrews 9:27-28 Jesus Christ was the ultimate offering to pay the price for our sins and to save us.