Thank God for 88 years as a congregation! This year will be the first time in several years that we are having a revival in connection with our homecoming celebration. This meeting is specifically designed for the church. Our theme for this week is, “Your Life. God’s Power.” Over the last decade, churches have seen a dramatic decline in attendance at gospel meetings and revivals. There are many factors that contribute to lackluster attendance. Perhaps the number one reason is that we are too busy. We are often guilty of scheduling God out of our lives. When we are not intentional about prioritizing time with God and His people, we just don’t find the time to attend any extra services.
Additionally, many people are ashamed of the gospel. Many Christians are afraid that their friends will be offended by the messages shared at a gospel meeting, so they don’t invite their non-Christian friends and family. They also feel that since they are already a Christian, they don’t need to hear about one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. Thirdly, we often see the meeting as not being for us. People often use the term, “support the meeting” when they speak of attending a revival.
When we support something, it is inferred that we don’t really need it or are looking to benefit from it. We are just there so that the minister has someone to look at while he is preaching. We fail to see the importance of the meeting for our lives. Lastly, with the wealth of sermons online, people don’t have to wait until their favorite preachers come to town for a revival or gospel meeting. They can listen anywhere at any time.
Well why are we having a meeting this year? I believe that there is a need for revival in the church. We can become so comfortable and in love with past success that we stop pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God. We need a revival. Furthermore, many Christians are barely hanging on. Too many of us continue to go through the motions of “doing church”, but our zeal has faded and our love has grown cold. We need a revival. Some have turned from truth to follow error, while others have left the church and are following nothing. We need a revival. We need God’s power in our lives. We need a Word from the Lord so that dry bones can be reassembled, resuscitated, and resurrected. Make the commitment to be in the place where revival happens Monday, October 24th - Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00PM each night.
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