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1/29/12

The church is the central focus in the outworking of God’s eternal purpose in the world. The church is the agent of God’s Kingdom, to defeat the works of darkness in the lives of individuals, in communities and the world, and to establish the righteous reign of God. Jesus said it this way:  I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matt 16:18). That is what He is doing. That’s where His focus lies.

So as we begin our vision series this year, our focus is on the church Christ is building. God’s eternal purpose centers on Christ and His Church. If we want our lives to count for eternity; if we want our lives to make a difference for God; we’ve got to get a hold of God’s vision and purpose for His church and live accordingly. So today we are going to be looking at the church Christ is building.

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1/22/12

Fire fell from heaven upon the altar in the OT Tabernacle, when the people of God gathered at the altar to offer sacrifices in worship to God. That fire still falls today when God’s people gather around the altar to worship Him. It is a holy fire, a supernatural fire; a fire that sets our souls ablaze for God and His purposes. It consecrates us to devote ourselves fully to God and His work. That fire is ignited by God, but God’s command to us is to keep the fire burning, to never let the fire on the altar go out!!! This was a corporate altar where all of Israel gathered to worship, and God is calling us to keep the flame of our corporate altar burning and never let it go out. When the fire fell in Leviticus it was a corporate time of worship, and when the fire fell on Pentecost it was a corporate time of prayer and worship.  Keeping the fire of the altar burning is the key to the power and presence of God in our midst.   It is the key to us becoming a light to the nations. It is the key to the church operating in power to see impact in our community and the world.

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1/15/12

A family altar transforms marriages, transforms children, transforms churches and transforms communities.  Yet it is amazing how few Christian families take this seriously and actually practice it regularly, thought it is the best guarantee: to have a godly and lasting marriage; to have children that will serve the Lord through their teen years and into adulthood; to have a family that is a testimony for Christ; and to have a family that is growing and vibrant spiritually, and is healthy enough to dedicate themselves to serving the Lord and making a difference for His Kingdom, rather than just surviving their struggles.

For that reason, today we want to consider the precedence (importance) of the family altar, the power of the family altar, and the practice of the family altar (how to establish a family altar).

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1/8/12

Anyone who neglects to build an altar, anyone who neglects to daily meet with God, to worship and seek Him, is walking on a dangerous road. For Abraham, building an altar was a lifestyle. He teaches us the importance of building a personal altar in our lives. I am not speaking of constructing some type of religious structure in your home to display crosses or icons. I am talking about daily dedicating a specific time and place as sacred, for you to seek the Lord.

Abraham’s life was characterized by 4 altars, each of which reveals a different dimension of what is involved in building a personal altar, or establishing a time of daily personal devotions.

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