Written by Contributing Writer, William Ballard
Subject: The Altar
Speaker: Senior Pastor Brent Calhoun
Exodus 27:1-8 (KJV)
1 And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits.
Pastor open today's message with the above text and passionately preached and taught on the need for the Altar of God, and the need for sincere genuine repentance at the Altar. He spoke on the importance of the sacrifice at the Altar, and the importance of obedience to the Word of God (the things of God).
The Heart of the Message:
1 Kings 2:28 (KJV)
28 Then tidings came to Joab: for Joab had turned after Adonijah, though he turned not after Absalom. And Joab fled unto the tabernacle of the LORD, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
At the Heart of Pastor's message today, he emphasized the dire need to grab hold of the horns of the Altar of God with a fear (or reference) to things of God and to His Word.
We can not be saved by our own works. For our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). We can only be assured of our salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. When we do this we place our confidence in Him (Jesus) as a Redeemer and Savior (Sacrificial Lamb). The Greek word for faith is pisteuo, which according to the Amplified Bible, defines it as the following: "To adhere, to trust, have faith in; to rely on." This includes an acknowledgement (or Revelation) of His saving Grace, a personal surrender to Him, and a lifestyle inspired by that surrender. We must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and that relationship must be reflected in our trust, obedience, and holy conduct.
We, as humanity, could never be saved without the Blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ). Without that Blood applied to us on a daily basis, our works will never replace the Blood of the Lamb. Our salvation is up to Him and no one else. That is what the Altar of repentance is all about. It is acknowledging that without God and what He did on the Cross, we are dead already. That is why we must grab a hold of the Horns of the Altar with fear (or reverence) to the Power and Word of God surrendering our might and will to His. Only then can our salvation be assured and His Grace poured out.
From Pastor's Desk,
Friendship is exemplified by Jesus, who looked at the suffering soul and without any hope of repayment offered Himself. Totally devoted to the rebuilding of relationship and offered adoption into His family, with authority and dominion power fully restored.