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Discussion in '2003 Archive' started by SaggyWoman, May 18, 2003.
What are revivals for? Do they still serve their purpose?
Sometimes I feel that they are nothing more than space on a church calendar.
Sure, they serve a purpose.
In our church revival is a special time, usually 1 or 2 weeks when we have special meetings with meetings each night, hopefully to draw men and women back to a stronger commitment to Christ, and with that back to the family and back to the church. Ours have been effective.
Never been in one sad to say...been in a lot of "revival meetings" but have never seen true revival of a church or area like I've heard described of in the past.
Revival is for the purpose of reviving and I think we all need that from time to time. I enjoy a week of revival meetings. I may be physically tired at the end of a revival; but I am more spiritually energetic.
We praise Thee,O God, for the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus who died and is now gone above.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory!
Hallelujah! Thine the glory!
Revive us again!
In the revivals I have been to in the last couple of years, is like going to church every night for a week.
I enjoy the Sermons, and there is a lot of overtime being done by the Pastor, but I do not see anyone actually going up and being saved. it is usually the devoted church memeber coming out.
I have seen two of what I would call genuine revivals--neither was scheduled.
The first was very obscure in a way. In 1972-73, a gathering of mostly single men was "arranged" by the USAF on Guam, part of the increased bombing campaign that was intended to end the negotiations for peace in Vietnam, and after that, to carry on a secret bombing campaign in Cambodia. While all this was going on, a group of young servicemen met in a unique chapel service called "Country Church." There was a Bible Study connected with this service, and during this period, hundreds of young men were saved and discipled. Many, such as myself, later went into the ministry.
The second revival that I personally witnessed was in Mayfield, Kentucky, from May to August 2000. It began quite spontaneously in a small church south of Mayfield, and blossomed into a 16-week meeting in the gym of the largest congregation in the county. The numbers vary, but there were between 700 and 900 professions of faith, including many of long-time church members. Unlike "laughing" revivals, etc., this one had no extraordinary "signs" or other such nonsense. The pastors who led the meetings were among the most doctrinally conservative in the area--in fact, we were all self-avowed Calvinists! The music was high-powered praise and worship, and the preaching by Bro. Brady Weldon, was deep, as in Puritan deep, and searching--most sermons went over a hour. The results of that revival were mixed--it led to a lot of conflict in hide-bound churches, and to several pastors losing their pulpits (including me), but it also spawned several other meetings in other areas, and has finally resulted just last Sunday in a church startup by two of the three pastors (not including me) who were the original leaders of the crusade--they had over 250 in attendance at the first service Sunday.
In both cases, the revivals were not planned nor programmed, and they began and ended abruptly. The Guam revival ended when the US shifted its forces as a result of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the Mayfield Revival meetings ended when the church conflicts began, but in a real sense, the move is continuing afresh.
My church will be having a revival at the end of the month. Some of us are taking a special time to pray while others will be fasting each day from the time it starts to the time it ends. I ask for your prayers also. May many souls be saved and many hearts renewed in the Lord.
And what would that be?
Our church is experiencing revival, but we have not added nightly services.
And what would that be? </font>[/QUOTE]For me, now don't get me wrong, but I love to hear my pastor preach, but sometimes I believe that we get caught up in a routine, just going through the motions if you will. We hear our pastors preach each and every Sunday and Wednesday and to have someone else come in a preach the word of God is reviving.
"Revival Meetings" denote a time for reviving the saints by sessions of inspirational and motivational preaching, praying, music. It is for Christians, with decisions made by Christians in their walk with God.
It is often mislabeled for "Evangelistic Meetings" where the Gospel is proclaimed and emphasis is on bringing in the unsaved and seeing them born again.
Both, of course, are a sham. Always have been. We cannot "schedule" a "revival" or "evangelistic" time - these reflect GOD working in the hearts of men and women in HIS good time, not a certain week on the calendar.
They were popularized by pulpiteering, emotionalism, psychologically manipulative speaking, long altar calls, etc. It is an outgrowth of Arminian theology that places the burden of revival/soul winning on MAN not God.
Charles Finney and his crowd (thru Billy Sunday to Billy Graham) have made these a staple part of our [erroneous] thinking.
I'm all for having the Word preached, but let's let God do HIS work rather than try to "manufacture" some human-based counterfeit.
I love good preaching. Growing up, I loved going to camp because, well, though I loved my pastor and learned much under him, the preaching was always better at camp.
I can't always say that we had a good revival speaker either.
I remember having revival speakers out at many churches I attended and loved going because the revival speakers generally were much better preachers and teachers than the pastors I had. In fact, I would go to camp and go to other services just to grow.
Which is sad. The pastors of the last two churches attended/attend are very good teachers and preachers, and that part is not lacking in my life.
The effect of true Revival.
1. It will empty the jail.
2. It will close the bars.
3. It will stop the durg dealing.
4. It will make Christans pay their bills.
5. It will make Christans love one another.
6. It will make Christans love their enemy.
7. Christans will make wrongs right.
8. God's people returning to the Word of God.
9. The House of God will be full of God's people.
10. The Church will reach out to the lost with God honoring evangelism.
11. Serving God will take priority over worldly pleasures.
Please feel free to add to the list.
I have seen one true revival. The church I was attending had invited a preacher to preach one Sunday and the services lasted about 2 weeks. Nothing planned, the Spirit moved and the church followed. To me that is a revival. Memebers who had quit coming, were encouraged to renew their commitment, people were saved and regular members were refreshed. I hear of scheduled revivals and I just have a hard time calling that a revival.