Summary: This sermon should move people to revival and affirms the fact that no matter how dead we think we are or how wet our wood may be. God can still light a fire within us
This was written as a sermon for a revival but was also modified for Sunday Morning.
What is Revival? Well the dictionary defines it as:
1. An awakening, in a church or community, of interest in and care for matters relating to personal religion.
2. an evangelistic service or a series of services for the purpose of effecting a religious awakening
I look at Revival as a time to look toward spiritual renewal and purpose in the lives of Christians. It’s a time that we can come together and be encouraged and uplifted so that we may be able to go out into the world and boldly proclaim, Jesus is Lord.
Now if you went to annual conference or you have been looking at statistics for the United Methodist Church, you know that we are declining in numbers. We have all heard the doom and gloom report that by 2050 the numbers say that the United Methodist Church could very likely, cease to exist.
Let me tell you what I think about that, I think they’re wrong, I think we are poised for another Great Awakening, not just in The United Methodist Church, but in churches all around the world. But to turn this thing around we need get on Fire for God. We need that all-consuming Fire of the Lord to take hold of our churches and our lives, Church folk have got to quit playing church and start living Jesus.
You ever heard the saying “If that don’t light your fire your wood’s to wet?” Today I want you to know that your wood don’t ever get to wet, God can light a fire in you no matter how wet you think you are.
In the text tonight we find the people of Israel straddling a fence of worshiping Yahweh and worshiping Baal, they aren’t completely rejecting God they are just trying to incorporate a little pagan worship into what they were already doing. Elijah comes out of hiding and confronts the people of Israel. He also challenges The 450 prophets of Baal who are in King Ahab’s court, and also the 400 prophets in Jezebels court who worship Ashura to a showdown.
Let’s look verse 21 (read text) the people of God didn’t say a word.
Are things any different today? People go to church on Sunday and act like the rest of the world Monday through Saturday. We don’t want to state how we really believe in fear of not being politically correct. It seems that people of God are not much different than the ones that Elijah was talking to. We stand in silence while people call wrong right and right wrong, 3700 babies are aborted every day in the United States, we live in a country where a Man can marry a man , a woman can marry a women, people live together instead of getting married, divorce has become an epidemic, people are being shot and killed every day.
People ask where God is. And we stand silent. I think we stand silent because we ask the same question ourselves. Our fire has all but gone out our wood has become so wet that we can’t even see a spark or a flicker. We are scared to tell people where we stand for fear of exposing ourselves as politically incorrect. Wake up people, we gotta start acting like people of God. Sadly we are in a position much like the people of Israel we need to speak up for what we believe.