Monday Club Sermons
1 Kings 8:22-61
And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel…
I. THE CHURCH IS THE HOUSE OF GOD. Every home in Israel had its family worship and secret prayer; but the cloud of glory came only upon the Temple. So now God is present in His house with a blessing which we can get nowhere else.
II. THE CHURCH BRINGS BLESSINGS TO THE NATION. All other institutions, our good schools and happy homes, depend upon it. Just to see in a town a building consecrated to God makes men think of Him; it is His sign, inviting people to come for heavenly riches and heavenly healing.
III. THE CHURCH HAS A SPECIAL PROMISE FOR CHILDREN. God's covenant with David brought to Solomon much of his glory and honour. The covenant with Abraham included his descendants. The Heavenly Father knows how dearly earthly parents love their children, and promises that if they will bring them up rightly, He Himself will take especial care of them. The special lessons we can learn to-day are very plain.
1. Reverence the House of God.
2. Love the Church.
3. Attend Church regularly.
4. Consecrate yourself to God.
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Parallel VersesKJV: And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: