Consecration "The Utter Relief of Holiness" - Set Apart for His Mission


           The Utter Relief of Holiness

Set Apart for His Mission

What is Consecration?

To consecrate is to make holy, sacred, “set apart unto the Lord!”, surrender, dedicate afresh!

Consecrated for what?

1 Peter 2 9-10 But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

John 4 34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest……
39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

Jesus followers are set apart (consecrated) to join Jesus in His mission to redeem and restore humanity to their Father in heaven who loves them very much!

This gives meaning, purpose and joy to everyday ordinary living – we get to join Jesus on His mission.

We don’t go for Him we go with Him.  He is doing all the heavy lifting.

We get to join Jesus on His mission through Alpha by praying, inviting and bringing people.

Alpha is a profoundly effective evangelism (reaping) tool relevant for today. 

Study Guide

Solitude, Scripture & Prayer 

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone.  Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? 

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Finish - Spend TWO minutes again with God

Monday - John 4:27-42

Tuesday – 1 Peter 2:4-12 

Wednesday – 1 Peter 3:8-17

Thursday - Matthew 5:13-16 

Friday - Acts 1:1-9

Saturday - Psalm 66

What do these passages reveal being “consecrated” to Jesus’ mission in the world?  Drudgery or joy? How does daily surrender to His call to join Him on mission look and feel?  Can I trust Jesus even with this? 


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