Monday, June 11, 2018

REVIVAL SIGN #1: WE ARE DRIVEN TO CHRIST

What happens when the Holy Spirit shows up in extraordinary power at church? The answer is found in Acts 2. This was a church in revival.

Before we go further, let's read Acts 2:41-47.

Our passage begins where Peter’s sermon ends. He preached to a large and hostile crowd of Jews. 40 days earlier, they had condemned Jesus to death for claiming to be their God, Savior, and Messiah. But Peter stood and preached with boldness: Jesus. Crucified, risen, exalted. God. And then something completely unexpected happened. They were "cut to the heart." Peter pointed them to salvation in Jesus and 3000 men trusted in Jesus as their God and Savior. And were immediately baptized.

It was an extraordinary outpouring of the Spirit that opened their hearts to Jesus. Nothing else can explain the immediate transformation of their thinking about Jesus. That’s revival. Unbelievers come to Jesus - they see him as he is: Savior and God. Also, in times of revival the believing church returns to Jesus as our first love. That’s why the ministry here is all about Jesus! Jesus first, Jesus last, Jesus always. This was Paul's heart when he preached:

“I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” - 1 Cor. 2:3

The Great Awakening was a revival that shook Colonial America. In the 1730s, God used the “Jesus-only” preaching of George Whitefield to bring new life into the churches of New England. Christianity had become “routinized.” Most people assumed they were OK with God by virtue of their birth into church culture, but they lived careless, godless, lives. God drew great crowds to hear Whitefield. He preached with such laser beam focus on Christ - the need to turn from sins in order to cling to Christ alone - that the people were shaken out of their sleepy false assurance and awakened to the absolute necessity of Holy Spirit rebirth and salvation in Jesus alone. Tens of thousands turned to Christ.

Here is an excerpt from the conclusion of one of Whitefield's sermons. I've adapted it slightly for use here:

“O that you would seek the Lord to be your righteousness! You will be the children of God, if you believe in Jesus. Did you never read of the eunuch belonging to the queen of Candace? He believed. The Lord was his righteousness. He was baptized. When you also believe, you shall be saved. Christ Jesus is the same now as he was yesterday, and will wash you in his own blood. Go home then, turn the words of the text into a prayer, and entreat the Lord to be your righteousness. Even so, come Lord Jesus, come quickly, into all our souls! Amen, Lord Jesus, Amen and Amen!” George Whitefield, adapted from the sermon The Lord Our Righteousness.

In seasons of genuine revival even the most godless people turn to Jesus. They trust, love, cherish, worship, and obey him - as their precious Lord, Leader, and Loving Friend.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Come Worship with Us!


This is your invitation to join us for a service at 9:30am or 10:45am on Sunday mornings. Yes, we have two identical worship services back to back. There are also classes offered during both services. There's something for the whole family! Here's a lyric video of one of our songs of worship recently. It's our recording with lyrics on screen to warm you up in preparation! Click HERE!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

From teens... For teens...

Graduation Day is nearing.  These are some thoughts for our graduates and for those just entering their teens years.

In his book Thoughts for Young Men, J.C. Ryle wrote, "Youth is the seed-time of full age, the molding season in the little space of human life, the turning-point in the history of man's mind."  In other words, what each of us will become later in life largely depends on what we become now.  Are we taking that seriously?

In 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, the apostle Paul writes, "Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." (NIV).

We are convinced that the teen years are the primary time God has given us for "strict training."  Are you thinking, "Strict training?  You've got to be kidding!" Stick with me. 

Proverbs 20:29 says, "The glory of young men is their strength."  Did you catch that?  At no time are we better positioned to decide who we will become.  Our strength - sharp minds, energetic bodies, and flexible schedules - is our glory.  We are not likely to have this same set of strengths ever again.  By choosing to use our teen years for strict training, we can choose to set direction, develop character, and build momentum for an amazing future.

But what happens when we fail to use our teen years for strict training?  What does a belly flop in real life look like?   Unfortunately, it's not too difficult to find out.

A growing movement of young people is rebelling against low expectations of today's culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God.

Let's combat the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility and redefine it as a launching pad of life.




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