A Word from Pastor TimWhen Revival Comes
The term "revival" is one of the most misunderstood terms in Baptist churches today. I write "in Baptist churches" because most other churches are abandoning revival altogether. In many quarters, the term revival is used to mean an evangelistic campaign. The salvation of sinners is generally a by-product of revival, but it is not revival itself.
So what is "revival?" Charles Finney defined it as "...nothing else than a new obedience to God. Just as in the case of a converted sinner, the first step is a deep repentance, a breaking down of heart, a getting down into the dust before God, with deep humility, and a forsaking of sin." J. Edwin Orr, one of the greatest historians of revival in the last 200 years, simply quotes from Acts to define revival. He says, "The best definition of revival is '...when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.'"
We can gather, then, that revival is a great work of God that results in restoring and releasing His people, and that it is something that will issue forth into evangelism. But in its first instance, it is a work of God in the church and among believers. And my how we need that today! I see absolutely no hope for this nation outside of a mighty spiritual awakening. In an age where the culture is dealing with abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. Where the definition of marriage is seemingly up for debate. Where the freedom to fashion a business based on Biblical principles is being attacked. This is a time when the church MUST rise up and transform the culture, but instead, we are reflecting it! I hope you will join us for each of these six weeks, beginning April 7, and that you will begin to pray earnestly for personal, corporate, and national revival among God's people. It's our only hope.