What an awesome day we had in the Lord for our first day of revival! I could sense all of your prayers as the Holy Spirit’s presence was evident. This revival is unfolding just as I anticipated and prayed. We are not seeing the aisles fill up with salvation decisions (although that may come!), but the Holy Spirit is working within individual hearts producing brokenness, changing priorities, convicting of our times, and shifting focus. I sense an overall call and response to holiness. Jeremy’s messages have been spot-on, and Greg has done a wonderful job leading us in music worship. Sunday evening’s service was packed, and God did a work all across the Sanctuary. Please don’t miss a single one of these services! You may be sorry if you do!
We will have a special emphasis each night, Monday thru Wednesday. Monday is Senior Adults, Tuesday is Children, and Wednesday is Youth. The services will not focus on those groups. The purpose of the emphases is promotion and fellowship. Each group will have a time of food and fellowship on their respective evening at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. The Senior Adults will fellowship around a sandwich tray; the children (and their parents) and youth will have pizza. There will also be door prize give-aways at the children’s and youth fellowships. Both our children and youth have been given “tickets” to give away to other children and youth at school as a means of outreach. Jeremy will have a time to speak to each emphasis group in the Fellowship Hall before we move into the Sanctuary for the service. Folks, please invite your friends and neighbors to come with you this week. Your enthusiasm is contagious! And don’t stop praying!!
In his book, The Church Awakening, Charles Swindoll quotes the late Richard C. Halverson, former chaplain of the U.S. Senate:
“In the beginning the church was a fellowship of men and women centered on the living Christ. Then the church moved to Greece, where it became a philosophy. Then it moved to Rome, where it became an institution. Next, it moved to Europe, where it became a culture. And, finally, it moved to America, where it became an enterprise.”
After all these centuries of trying it our way, may the church go back to doing it God’s way and return to being a fellowship of men and women centered on the living Christ.
Christ in you, the hope of glory! (Col. 1:27)