Build an Altar, Pitch a Tent and Dig a Well
Steve N. Wagers
Football terms and symbols for Christians.
Quarterback Sneak - Church members quietly leaving during the invitation.
Draw Play - What many children do with the bulletin during worship.
Half-time - The period between Sunday School and worship when many choose to leave.
Benchwarmer - Those who do not sing, pray, work, or apparently do anything but sit.
Backfield-in-Motion - Making a trip to the back (restroom or water fountain) during the service.
Staying in the Pocket - What happens to a lot of money that should be given to the Lord's work.
Two-minute Warning - The point at which you realize the sermon is almost over and begin to gather up your children and belongings.
Instant Replay - The preacher loses his notes and falls back on last week's illustrations.
Sudden Death - What happens to the attention span of the congregation if the preacher goes ''overtime.''
Trap - You're called on to pray and are asleep.
End Run - Getting out of church quick, without speaking to any guest or fellow member.
Flex Defense - The ability to allow absolutely nothing said during the sermon to affect your life.
Halfback Option - The decision of 50% of the congregation not to return for the evening service.
Blitz - The rush for the restaurants following the closing prayer.
1. ALTAR: DEDICATION to the WILL of GOD!
Once Isaac comes to Beersheba, to the place where God wants him, the first thing he does is erect an altar.
A) Sacrifice of Our PERSON!
An altar was a place of sacrifice. It depicted full surrender and dedication. Isaac erects an altar to symbolize that he was giving God his heart, his life, his all.
[C. p. Genesis 12: 8]-When Abraham returned to Bethel, he built an altar. It symbolized his commitment and dedication to God.
[C. p. Romans 12: 1-2]--We are to lay our selves on the altar.
Bishop Taylor Smith said, ''Every morning that I w ...
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