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This presentation, Rekindling the Altar of God, is an encouragement to believers to reignite the worship that God requires. …

This presentation, Rekindling the Altar of God, is an encouragement to believers to reignite the worship that God requires.

To the surprise of many, our modern day "altars" and altar calls do not line up with Scripture or the worship requirements of our Heavenly Father.

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  • 1. The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out (Leviticus 6:13). Altar
  • 2. Hebrew origin, “a place of slaughter” Latin word means “high” Literally, “a high place of sacrifice” A raised platform usually made of dirt, stones, carved rocks, or elaborate articles of furniture An elevated place or structure before which religious ceremonies may be enacted or upon which sacrifices may be offered
  • 3. Built by Noah Genesis 8:18-21 Constructed from the ground No mention of an altar with Cain and Abel’s sacrifices
  • 4. Altar of Atonement, Sacrifice Exodus 27:1-8 The brazen altar, bronze altar or altar of sacrifice Located inside the courtyard, upon entering the Tabernacle gate Made of acacia wood, overlaid with bronze About 7.5 feet wide (each side) and 4.5 feet deep
  • 5. Altar of Praise Exodus 30:1-10; 34-38 Situated in front of the curtain, separating the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies About 1.5 feet wide (each side) and 3 feet high Accessible only by priests Reserved for the burning of incense
  • 6. Jesus Christ, the ultimate sacrifice Hebrews 10:1-18 2 Corinthians 5:21 1 Peter 1:18-21 Born-again believers Romans 12:1-2 Physical bodies, flesh Psalm 34:18 Psalm 51:16-17 Preferred sacrifice Broken heart Contrite spirit
  • 7. The Brazen Altar Ultimate atonement sacrifice delivered through Christ Believers are living sacrifices by the Spirit Brazen altar no longer needed Altar of Incense Royal priesthood now established with all believers Prayers of the saints offer aroma to God Physical altars are no longer necessary!
  • 8. First Christian churches were private homes or community buildings No altars in early New Covenant churches Large edifices erected with Roman adoption of Christianity in 4th century Separation evolved between clergy and laymen, reinstating a “priest” Catholic expansion and Protestant movement (16th century) fortified tiered worship methods Altar replaced, in many modern churches, by communion table or pulpit table Ultimately, no biblical purpose served
  • 9. Birthed in the 19th century Charles Finney crusades, 1830 Designed to “force” decisions Not a biblical concept or requirement Not practiced by the Apostles Spiritual invitations extended in the early church, without need to physically step forward Not required in today’s church Focus on faith, repentance and confession Acts 2:38; 3:19; Romans 10;8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:20
  • 10. Confusion caused by churches who utilize altars Use will always be erroneous for those who follow Christ Provokes elitist atmosphere, since only designated leaders have open “access” to the altar Erroneously portrays an altar as a place to receive rather than a place to give Teaches that the worst should be left to God, rather than the best Spreads the belief that a church or minister is required before one can accept Christ; false dependence
  • 11. The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out (Leviticus 6:13). Altar