The triplet purpose of Mount Zion
Text: Obadiah vs. 17
The biblical Mount Zion is not just the City of David, but also the City of God because Zion as at the biblical times was seen as the “Temple Hill.” There is no doubt, therefore, that the Church is the modern day Mount Zion. However, there are many misconceptions about the Church and what it represents in the contemporary world. The ‘unchurched’ groups, the church goers, and believers in Christ have conflicts of opinion about what the church stands for. To some people, the church is the house of prayer. To others, it is a place to receive miracles. Some hold that the Church is Jesus’ residential address. In fact, some people believe the church is a business centre, while others insist it’s one of the religious centres. Where does your opinion lie? Let’s explore three essence of the church – the Mount Zion.
• Deliverance Centre (Joel2:32)
The Church is a deliverance centre. Deliverance to be received in church is not limited to binding and casting out of demons. Deliverance entails salvation of souls, redemption of the condemned soul. Deliverance proffers an escape route from sin, Satan, temptations and worldliness. In the deliverance package for the children of God is total freedom from the sinful nature and its consequences. If you have been attending church, but you have not enjoyed the package of deliverance, you need to seek for it today.
• Holiness Centre (Joel2:1; 3:17)
The Church is also a centre of holiness. The eyes of the Lord that dwells in Zion cannot behold iniquity. We are surprised at the level of decadence and immorality in the church today. Could this still be the Church of Jesus? Leaders and members casting the precious pearl before swines. Why do we desire deliverance but shun holy living? Holiness should be our hallmark in the church. Are you in a church that plays down the concept of holiness? Are you found wanting in holy living? Then, you need God’s help urgently.
• Takeover Centre
The Church is a Takeover Centre. We are co-heirs together with Christ. We have access to His inheritance. The purpose of God is that the Church should be a collection centre, where each of His sons and daughters will come to discover, recover and takeover their rightful inheritance through the help of the Holy Spirit. Friend, hope you are maximising the opportunity to take over your allotted possessions.
Never again should you have misconception about the Church. It is a centre for total deliverance, holy living and takeover. All churches must adhere to this heavenly revelation. Let your worship centres achieve these divine purposes.
Abimbola A. Ogundare, Pastor, Peaceway Baptist Church, Ikotun
12/14 Audu Street, Governor Road, Ikotun, Lagos State
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