Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
January 18, 2015 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Act of Consecration
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday January 18, 2015
The Act of Consecration
“...let us lay aside every weight , and the sin which doeth so easily beset us, and run with patience the race that is set before us”. ( Heb. 12 :1 )
It is a custom in many Protestant Churches to hold a 
consecration worship early in the month of each January. 
This worship is a time for the worshiper to pledge and/or 
commit some object, task, or even self for unblemished 
service to the Lord. 
Our service today in anchored in that tradition of the 
Consecration worship. It is a time to reflect on our 
experiences the past year, the blessings bestowed on us, 
our stewardship of time, talents, and resources, and - finally - 
to be among the living who entered 2015. 
Our sermon, in this connection, will fit under the rubric 
of a consecration sermon using as a subject - The Act of 
Consecration. It will include the following three 
considerations, namely: the biblical origin of consecration, 
essential characteristics of consecration, and our 
consecration plans for the year 2015. Without highlighting 
the Book of Exodus, upon which the subject is anchored, 
emphasis will, instead, be directed to the first, specified, 
dimension which is - the biblical origin of consecration. 
Logically, the initial phase of this analysis must be the 
question as to what is meant by the word consecration? 
There are several definitions of consecration, a few of which 
are: “ The law of consecration is a divine principle whereby 
men and women voluntarily dedicate their time, talents, and 
resources, to declare or set apart as sacred”, consecrate a 
church, an offering, or a spot of land for religious use, and an 
act by which a person or thing is dedicated to the service 
and worship of God. 
In terms of history, a formal call for consecration was 
issued by Moses to the Israelites during their wilderness 
journey from Egypt to Canaan. He said unto them, 
“Consecrate yourselves today unto the Lord.” ( Ex. 32:29 ). 
Moses had just returned from mountain with the two tables 
of the law when he discovered the apostasy of his people. 
He was deeply grieved by their sins; he inquired of Aaron - 
the priest and his brother- how did he let the people make 
such an idolatrous shift in behavior. Having heard Aaron’s 
response, Moses inquired of the people, “ Who is on the 
Lord’s side? Let him come unto me. To those who came 
and stood with him, Moses said, “Consecrate yourselves 
today unto the Lord”. Taking a quantum leap from the 
wilderness struggle to 2015, there are residuals of 
spiritual deviations in contemporary society. Fortunately, 
the same Mosiac call is the effective antidote for actions 
that deviate from the Christian modality of living. Hence, 
without being presumptive, this consecration sermon is, 
first, a call for personal reflections on actions during 2014 
and, secondly, a time for making a decision to be on the 
Lord’s side in 2015 and beyond. This urgent need leads to 
the second aspect of the sermon which is - essential 
characteristics of consecration. Heading the list is that 
of choice and not by duress. As earlier stated, Moses 
said unto the Israelites, “...Who is on the Lord’s side? 
let him come unto me”. “All of the sons of Levi gathered 
themselves together unto him.” Notice, they were not 
mandated to assemble because choice would have negated 
thereby rendering ineffective their act of consecration. That 
principle of choice continues to be the first requirement for 
anyone who is seeking to experience an act of consecration. 
Another requirement for consecration is that of being 
voluntarily chosen as result of personal desire and not at 
the order of someone in authority. In this regard, a pastor 
may preach on and encourage believers to offer something 
to the Lord, but that leader must never pressure or denounce 
an individual who chooses not to make an offering to the 
Lord. Continuing with the requites for consecration, the 
act requires total surrender of the object to the Lord with 
no later thoughts as to whether it was too much to give 
or what, if any, void will be created in the life of the 
giver. Further, the individual must give freely and with 
grateful appreciation for life to give, and resources to offer 
for consecration. Without offer an exhaustive list of the 
characteristics of consecration, this section will be 
concluded with the following statement. Consecration 
involves choice that is voluntary, total surrender of the 
sacrifice, absolute satisfaction with the object of given 
for consecration and a determination to live a consecrated 
life. This determination leads to the final dimension of the 
sermon which is - Our consecration plans for 2015. At the 
outset, it must be noted that consecration is more than 
merely attending a consecration worship at the beginning 
of a New Year. It is, instead, a lifestyle embraced by all who 
accept and live the Christian life. In his letter to the Romans, 
Paul gave a comprehensive view of consecration. He wrote, 
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, 
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, 
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”. 
( Rom. 12:1 ). In doing research on this verse, there was 
found an exegesis on it that is herein quoted, “ These 
people, the Romans, had already given their souls to God, 
and now the apostle ( Paul ) insisted on them giving their 
‘ bodies’ too. It seems that Paul felt that consecration 
entails a two fold process; first the believer’s life must be 
given over to God and, next, comes the sacrifice offered for 
consecration. Hence, both presenting one’s body a living 
sacrifice and the sacrificial offering are but the Christian’s 
reasonable service. In this connection, the soul searching 
question looming over each person is “Have you obeyed this 
command? If not, why not? God excuses no one. Had it not 
better be attended now? 
Beloved, this call for your commitment can so easily 
be impeded by a multiplicity of factors, or blocks. Just a 
few of them include: have not given life over to Christ as 
redeemer, weak to no faith in the process of salvation, 
difficulty in intellectualizing the concept of “rebirth”, 
working in secular environment where no conversations 
on Christian topics are permitted, holding atheistic views, 
and lack of sound biblical training. While these and many 
other obstacles can hinder, if not block, an interest in 
biblical topics, there is found in the Bible and antidote 
for ameliorating, if not, eradication obstacles to both 
the Christian lifestyle and presentations for consecration. 
The remedy is found in Hebrews 12:1 
“...let us lay aside every weight , and the sin which doeth 
so easily beset us, and run with patience the race that 
is set before us”. ( Heb. 12:1 ) 
In closing, this sermon has planned in commemoration 
of the Annual Commemoration Worship here at our Church. 
It traced the act of consecration back to Children of Israel 
wilderness journey from Egypt to Canaan. Moses issued 
a call for all the people on the Lord’s side to stand with 
him and, afterward, said to those came and stood, 
Consecrate yourselves today unto the Lord. Centuries later, 
the Apostle Paul urged the Romans to present their bodies 
as a living sacrifice which was their reasonable service. He, 
also, urged them to present their sacrificial gifts. 
Moving from biblical times to the contemporary setting, 
it was noted that innumerable issues, problems, and worldly 
responsibilities tend to impair complying with the call to 
present our bodies unto the Lord which is our reasonable 
sacrifice. The sermon presented a way to aver worldly 
realities from blocking our desire to be in compliance 
with the biblical teaching on consecration. As you will 
recall it was our textual anchor which is - lay aside the 
weights and sin that so easily beset us and run with 
patience the race that is before us looking unto Jesus 
who is the author and finisher of our faith. Amen!
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