Genesis 49:1 Church Services Gathered

Genesis 49:1 (KJV)
And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.

I love the word “gather” and all its various forms in the Word of God. God must love it too. Seriously, it’s found no less than five times in this chapter. Four hundred sixty-eight times in the Bible.

  • It is what the Lord will do when He calls believers to heaven.
  • It is one of the descriptions of a local church.

In that context, Jacob’s words serve as a precursor to a church service. Jacob:

  • Called to his sons
  • Urged them to gather together and
  • Told them what would happen in the last days

Church services are organized.
A time and place are set.

Church services are for the sons of God
The whole of the body y is urged to attend. Unsaved people are invited, and we surely pray they will be saved. But they are not the reason for the assembly of God’s house.

Church services are for preaching
Ultimately every message is addressed to the future. We are to speak to the character of man to provoke them to prepare to meet God.

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Genesis 49:1 Church Services Gathered

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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