Consecrate the Assembly or Sanctify the Congregation

By on October 7, 2018

Part 23 in Sermon Series: A Region Ripe for Revival

Scripture reading from Joel 2:12-15

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One Comment to “Consecrate the Assembly or Sanctify the Congregation”

  1. Donald McMahon
    October 8, 2018

    , we examined our need to be a repentant people. We talked about rending our hearts, about opening ourselves to God the Holy Spirit. Now, Joel blows the trumpet to gather all the people of Zion into a holy assembly. Remember that this chapter is a call of revival. And, when God’s people come to him with repentant hearts and in pursuit of a sanctified life, God promises to restore blessings on His covenant people.
    Today, you were consecrated by the Word of God. Today, you were sanctified by prayer.
    God will bless by sending grain and new wine. Do you see that pointing to Holy Communion? Today, we shared the bread and juice together, the body and blood of Christ. In our communion liturgy, we confessed and were cleansed. Each time we celebrate Holy Communion, God’s grace works in us individually and corporately.
    God also promises to send oil. Oil is used for anointing. Oil is used for consecration, to set apart. Oil is used to symbolize the Holy Spirit. After our closing hymn, I will offer you anointing with oil.
    This week, I ask you to read over the covenant of a healthy church several times. I want you to see yourself as a member of a community, as part of this body of Christ. As part of a consecrated and sanctified assembly, what impact will that have on your daily living?
    Rend your heart. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.
    Amen and amen. Let us pray.

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