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Solemn Assembly Webinar

Friday, December 13, 2013, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PMCost: 6:4 Fellowship Member: $0.00, General Registration (Non-member): $5.99, Group Viewing: $15.99Website: us for an impactful webcast on the critical practice of the Solemn Assembly!The solemn assembly was a prominent feature in the revivals of the Old Testament. Also, throughout the history of the church, gatherings of solemnity have been one of the most vital parts of revivals that have occurred (as seen in Acts 2, and other historical revivals).The nature of the solemn assembly is expressly stated in those two words: (1) Solemn: this gathering is unique in that a spirit of solemnity prevails as opposed to the levity with which many gather routinely for worship; (2) Assembly: this was a time when all the people of a community of faith regardless of age, or secular distraction, were to gather with the purpose of seeking the face of God.There is a great need today for local churches to suspend routine activities, and bring their ecclesiastical programs to a halt with the express purpose of coming clean and pure before a Holy God, and returning to Him with wholehearted repentance. Until we repent of corporate sin, all other religious activity can become very repulsive to the God we claim to worship (Isaiah 1:11-15; 1 Samuel 15:22).Through the practice of Solemn Assemblies, we can reorient and reconnect God's people back toward His word, His ways, and His will, as we seek to do His work.Join us for this one hour webcast and discover:The purpose of a Solemn AssemblyThe Biblical foundation of Solemn Assemblies in the Old TestamentThe place of Solemn Assemblies and meetings in the New Testament ChurchHow A Solemn Assembly can revitalize your own relationship with ChristWhy you, and other churches, need to host a Solemn AssemblyPractical Instruction on planning and hosting a Solemn Assembly
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How Do You Pray After You Preach?

We would like to assume that much prayer goes into the preparation of sermons. How tragic it is when men stand in the pulpit to speak for God having briefly consulted Him during the week. However, it is possible that even less prayer comes from the lips of those who preach after they have delivered the sermon. We should be just as urgent in prayer after we have preached! Consider the following prayer focuses for praying following your preaching:
- Release all glory to the Father (Eph. 3:20-21).
- Praise the Father as the God of the Word (2 Tim. 3:16).
- Magnify His Word as the source of power in the pulpit (Eph. 6:17).
- Magnify His omniscience and providence in the lives of your hearers, rather than basking in your eloquence (Heb. 4:12).
- Rejoice in the presence of God that His Word does not return void or empty (Is. 55:11).
- Thank the Father for revealing His strength in your weakness (2 Cor. 12:9-10).
- Ask the Father to enable your people to be doers of the Word and not hearers only (Jas. 1:22); not forgetful hearers, but doers of the work (Jas. 1:25).
- Intercede intensely that the enemy will not snatch the Word away (Matt. 13:19).
- Pray that difficulties will not cause hearers to stumble and forget the Word (Matt. 13:20-21).
- Pray that the Word will not be choked out by the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches (Matt. 13:22).
- Pray that the Holy Spirit will captivate the minds of hearers with the Scripture text from Sunday, guiding them into meditation and obedience (Ps. 1:1-3).

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The Cry of My Heart

My heart resonates with the following statement by A. W. Tozer: "For myself, I would rather be among those who are unknown, unsung and unheralded doing something through the Spirit of God that will count even a tiny little bit in the kingdom of God, than to be involved in some highly-recognized expression of religious activity across which God will ultimately write the judgment: 'This too shall pass!'" (Tragedy in the Church: The Missing Gifts, p. 40).

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