Sunday, March 13, 2016

Praying the Prayer of Agreement

Introduction: 

I have been teaching on the subject, “The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus on the Cross,” and this morning I feel led to interrupt that series to teach on, “Praying the Prayer of Agreement.” I taught on this Thursday evening at our Connect Bible study hour and since several were not present, I felt it needed to be repeated.

Let me explain another reason behind this different teaching this morning as well. I have been concerned for some time about our altar call at the end of the service, it was just not what I knew needed to be done. A pastor friend said this, “we will take up the offering at every service, but we may not always have an altar call at the end of our worship time.” I was deeply convicted, thus the need to teach this subject as an answer to what we will be doing at each service.

Let me invite you to read along with me our text for this teaching today. In Matthew 18:15-20, God’s word says, 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Let us begin with this great truth this morning I believe will revolutionize our church, but especially our altar service at the end of our worship hour.

Outline:

  1. The altar call service must be a time synchronized in collective symmetry.

Matthew 18:15-19

15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

  1. The altar call service must be a time of lining up with heaven.

Matthew 18:18

18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

  1. The altar call service must be a time that we join the presence of God.

Matthew 18:20

20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Conclusion:

  1. We must move past our cultural and theological influences to join hands together for a cause greater than ourselves.
  1. We must learn to stop what heaven says no to.
  1. We must say yes to what heaven says yes to.
  1. We crave God.