Awakening: Preparing for Revival

by David Strain on October 5

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The greatest need of the church today is for a new Great Awakening. At times not unlike our own, when revival seemed improbable and unlikely, God has been pleased to visit his people in seasons of extraordinary blessing. In such days, the preaching of the Word of God is given new power, deep conviction of sin penetrates the heart, believers are revitalized as the gospel comes to them with renewed sweetness and joy, and many are converted to Christ. Of course, we may believe that God can do this again today, and yet remain doubtful that he will. After all, a spiritual awakening like this is a sovereign work of God. It’s not something we can manufacture. D. Martyn Lloyd Jones illustrates God’s usual way of working in revival from the story of Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel in 1 Kings 18. Elijah built an altar and prepared a sacrifice. But he could not cause the fire to come from heaven to consume the offering. This was God’s work alone. Elijah simply obeyed God’s instructions in faith and prepared for God to work. And as he prayed, the fire fell. True revival is impossible in our own strength. It’s not a program or a plan or a product we create. It is the gift of God alone. Our role, like Elijah on the mountain, is obedient, believing, prayerful preparation. We hope you will join us this year as we work to ‘build the altar,’ and prepare our hearts, so that we are ready when the fire comes.

Please join us as we continue to learn about the Awakening that only God can bring.

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