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Summary: If we look at what True Revival is.. do we still want it?

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Do we really want revival?

8/14/2004

Lamentations 3:40-42 (NIV)

40 Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD. 41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say: 42 “We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven.

2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)

5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?

Introduction… Do we really want REVIVAL?

Is it something that we as Midway Baptist Church and we as individuals really want to see?

We say we do…

We claim we do…

We pray for revival…

But do we really want to see revival in our midst?

Next Sunday, we are going to start a six day series of Revival services…

And I ALWAYS say revival services because I think so many people today are somewhat confused about what revival really is…

These services in and of them selves will not be a revival!

But wait just a minute… Every good Baptist knows what a revival is don’t they?

Every Christian knows what revival is… right?

As a matter of fact, even those that have never professed to be Christians, know what a revival is don’t they?

Many evangelical Churches have a revival once or twice a year…

You see, to most Christians and even non Christians today, a REVIVAL is the series of meetings where a guest preacher comes in to preach and the church as a whole puts an extra emphasis on bringing in non Christians and seeing them make a profession of faith…

There were recently flyers up all over town for a two week long revival in town under a tent…

That’s how many people picture revival, as a meeting under a tent…

And I don’t know about all denominations, but many Churches have gimmicks to promote this evangelistic effort…

I have a book at the house which is entitled “Revival planbook for the local church”

It has some good ideas and suggestions in it, but it also gives some of the gimmick promotional ideas such as ;

High attendance day,

Battle of the banners,

Pack-a-pew night,

Hot dog night,

Children’s night,

Youth night

Family night,

Good neighbor support or prospect night,

Friendship night,

Patriotic night,

Old fashioned night… and on old fashioned night I have heard of people who have had there ties cut off with the scissors if they wore a tie to Church that night…

Doesn’t that sound like fun….

Now, there is nothing wrong with having fun…

But we should try to bring in everyone we know each and every night…

Every night should be youth night, every night should be pak a pew night, every night should be bring a friend night….

but lets not get away from what true revival is all about…

Lets not get away from the reason for the services to begin with…

And yes, I know that not all churches use gimmicks for their revival services, but most churches do put the emphases on reaching the lost, and then a less substantial emphases is put on bringing in “backslidden” members, or those who have fallen away from coming to church on a regular basis….

But is that what REVIVAL is all about?


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