Our first point was a return to spiritual disciplines, namely, prayer, fasting, and Bible study. There are other disciplines, but these basics are the key to a spiritual life. Of all the things Jesus ever did on earth, the only thing the disciples are recorded as asking Him to teach them to do was pray. Jesus called His house a house of prayer. However, it seems that is the least of what we do in it. Without prayer, there is no communication between us and God. Without communication, a relationship, any relationship, is doomed for failure. Fasting is just as important. In casting out a demon that the disciples couldn't cast out, Jesus let them know that some things only come about with prayer AND fasting. It is imperative for us to realize that some things will never change in our lives until we add fasting to our prayers. Lastly, we were called to be more involved in the Word of God. David said in Psalms that he hid the Word in his heart that he may not sin against God. If we want to flee temptation and live victoriously, it comes from knowing the Word plain and simple. Unfortunately Christians tend to know more about some of their favorite TV shows than the Word which has saved them and gave them life.
Our second point was a return to worship. I preached from Elijah's confrontation with the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel. You know the story that they called for Baal to answer them from morning to evening and there was no answer. Elijah prayed a small prayer. God answered. Israel turned back to God. But the point often lost in this story is Elijah's dedication to the altar preparation for the sacrifice. He refused to offer a new sacrifice on an old altar. He rebuilt the altar of the Lord and didn't use the sacrifice that hadn't been touched by the Baal worshippers, but instead prepared a new one. God is calling us everyday to rebuild our altar of praise to Him and present Him a new sacrifice of praise . . . no a left over from church or a hold over until another time. When we do, God will answer by fire and that fire consumes!
The third point was a pursuit of holiness as I preached on the eight creeping things of Leviticus. These eight creeping things displayed attitudes that exist inside of us that keep us from being holy as God has commanded we be. On Wednesday nights we went through a series of teaching on the holiness of God and He moved mightily in our midst as most every night the altar filled up with people seeking the face of God and repenting. We are called to be holy and perfect. We may never get there in this life, but the call is no different. How can we be satisfied in a Christianity that calls us to pursue perfection and holiness and to be like God? Who among us has risen to that level yet?
My last point was racial outreach. God has called the church to be the body of Christ, that is, a microcosm of heaven. In heaven, every nation, tongue, and tribe will be represented. Why don't we see that in Christ's earthly body today, the church? I preached on the sin of inequality and how it's not your past that determines your future, your name that determines your legacy, your skin color that determines your destiny, where you've been doesn't determine where you're going. God has great plans for all of us according to Psalms 139 and Jeremiah 29. I preached on Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. We've got to learn to go beyond ourselves, our culture, our inbred prejudices from generations past and see the world the way Jesus does . . . we're all in need of a Savior.
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