Theme For the GOGCC Prayer Meetings in 2020: The Glory of God in the Midst of His Peopleby The GOGCC team on March 16, 2020
As you may know, in addition to the monthly multi-church public prayer meetings that rotate from church to church, the GOGCC hosts a pastors and leaders meeting once a month in which we spend time in fellowship, worship, time in the Word of God, and united prayer for our beloved Cape Cod.
This year, the Lord stirred us at the pastors and leaders meeting to search the Scriptures together studying the subject of The Glory of God in the midst of his people. We are using the Scriptures as our only source, meaning we are not studying a book that someone wrote about the subject. We are endeavoring to be good Bereans, searching together what the Word of God has to say about this subject.
This is a central, foundational theme throughout the Scriptures, not a peripheral or secondary one. It's also not merely an academic, theological topic, it's VERY relevant to the revival that we are all praying for, for the multitudes that we all want to see come to Christ on Cape Cod.
Throughout the Scriptures, the Lord revealed His desire to dwell (manifest His Presence/Glory) among His people, as far back as when He commanded Moses to build the tabernacle:
Exodus 25:8, “And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.”
This theme runs throughout the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation.
Revelation 21:3: “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, God manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16), the ultimate expression of the manifest presence of God, told the disciples before He left them to go to the cross: “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18). He was saying that without His presence, they would be orphans. He was not to the omnipresence of God, He was referring to His manifest presence. He promised to send them the Holy Spirit and referred to Him as the Comforter. This was not to comfort the disciples in general, but to specifically comfort them from Jesus’ physical absence and to minister His presence to them:
“He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26)
A.W. Tozer articulated the importance of the manifest presence (Glory) of God in the life of the early church, in his article The Eternal Continuum:
"It was this (the Manifest Presence of God) that filled with abiding wonder the first members of the Church of Christ. The solemn delight which those early disciples knew sprang straight from the conviction that there is One in the midst of them. They knew that the Majesty in the heavens were confronting them on earth: They were in the very Presence of God. And the power of that conviction to arrest attention and hold it for a lifetime, to elevate, to transform, to fill with uncontrollable moral happiness, to send men singing to prison and to death, has been one of the wonders in history and a marvel of the world.”
As you know, our monthly multi-church public prayer meetings includes a time of worship, a devotional from the Word of God, and a time of united prayer.
We were stirred to have the same theme of The Glory of God in the Midst of His people for our monthly multi-church prayer meetings as well.
Throughout this year, during our devotional time, we will be looking at this subject, as outlined below.
The Glory of God in the midst of His People Study
1.What the Scripture says about God's desire to dwell with His people.
2.The difference between the Omnipresence and the Manifest presence of God.
3.What does it mean for God to dwell among His people and what does it look like.
4.What does it mean for God’s manifest presence (glory) to depart from His people and what does it look like.
5.The Human agency: How God uses people and How what we do matters.
6. Illumination/awareness of our need/desperation for God and their role in His manifest presence.
7. The role of hunger for God and the manifest presence of God.
8.The role of repentance in the manifest presence of God/revival.
9.The role of holiness in the manifest presence of God/revival.
10.The role of unity/John 17 in the manifest presence of God/revival.
11. The role of united prayer in the manifest presence of God/revival.
12. The role of worship in the manifest presence of God/revival.
We believe you will find this to be a fascinating, edifying study, and we look forward to your joining us in our united GOGCC prayer meetings in 2020!
The Glory of God on Cape Cod team