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A Dedication Celebration Sermon Blog Day 3

Nehemiah 12:40-43

         "So the two thanksgiving choirs stood in the house of God, likewise I and the half of the rulers with me; and the priests, Eliakim, MaaseiahMinjaminMichaiahElioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets; also Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, UzziJehohananMalchijah, Elam, and Ezer. The singers sang loudly with Jezrahiah the director. Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and the children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off. "

           The expression of praise and celebration impacted the residents locally but also influenced the people far off from Jerusalem. This worship was not just about an encouraging expression to the people but also an evangelistic word to those surrounding Jerusalem. Praise and worship have always had the purpose of exalting Christ, encouraging believers, and evangelizing the lost. 

          In this case, the people from afar off of Jerusalem heard of the joy of Jerusalem. Still today, in the church of Jesus Christ, does your praise and adoration let others know of the Joy of Jerusalem – Jesus Christ. 

          Consider the power of the early church in Acts 2:44-47. 

"Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. "

          When the praise and adoration of any church is influential and passionate, those outside the walls will be drawn to it. When those outside the fellowship are drawn to Christ, they are added to the church in salvation.