Summary: God told His people that they should never let the fire go out on the alter. As priests of God, we can never let the fire go out in our churches.
CHURCH ON FIRE
Intro. There was a church in a small town out in rural America. One night the church building caught fire and burned down. While the building was burning, many of the town folk were standing around and watching it burn. The pastor had been called and as he drove up he noticed that there were many people there who used to attend the church. Seeing one of them he commented that he hadn’t seen this man for quite some time at the church and wondered where he had been. Sarcastically the man responded to the pastor saying “ that’s because I haven’t seen this church on fire in a while.” [sermon central]
. While this may be humorous, its true. It seems that churches just like individuals get in a rut.
. We get into a routine of just going through the motions, patting ourselves on the back telling ourselves how good and faithful we are because we come and gather together every Sunday and do what everybody expects us to do.
. Our scripture this morning talks about keeping the fire going in our churches and in our lives.
. That’s the real problem facing our world today.
. It seems that many Christians have let the fire that they had when they gave their heart and life to Jesus Christ burn down to where its nothing but a smoldering coal of the fire that we should have.
. When we as individual Christians allow this to happen, our churches can’t help but become places where there is no fire for God.
. Folks we, the church, must rekindle the fire for God and never let it go out.
. We must become a church on fire.
. Lets look at our scripture.
. Then the LORD said to Moses,9“Give Aaron and his sons the following instructions regarding the burnt offering. The burnt offering must be left on top of the altar until the next morning, and the fire on the altar must be kept burning all night.10In the morning, after the priest on duty has put on his official linen clothing and linen undergarments, he must clean out the ashes of the burnt offering and put them beside the altar.11Then he must take off these garments, change back into his regular clothes, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a place that is ceremonially clean.12Meanwhile, the fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must never go out. Each morning the priest will add fresh wood to the fire and arrange the burnt offering on it. He will then burn the fat of the peace offerings on it.13Remember, the fire must be kept burning on the altar at all times. It must never go out.
. If we are to be a Church on Fire, we must first PREPARE for the Fire.
. Here in verse 8 God tells Moses to prepare Aaron and his sons to receive the fire.
. Gods says this is what you are to do in order to offer the burnt offerings.
. We need to realize that what we are reading here are instructions that Moses is receiving from God.
. The system that God is putting into place has not started yet.
. Yes there have been offerings given up to God but God was laying out for His people how he wanted it done in the Tabernacle.