Tips on Preaching in a Revival

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  1. Paul Kersey

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    I am preaching a Sunday morning -Wednesday revival in a neighboring church in mid-October. I typically preach one service at a time and have never done a revival. Does anyone have a general format they follow for such meetings, regarding which night has the heaviest evangelistic emphasis or which night is focused on teens, etc.? I am praying for guidance and am beginning preparation now. Please comment about the topics you normally preach on and a suggested chronological order in which you present them.

    I am grateful for your input and suggestions.

    Blessings to you.
     
  2. TomVols

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    Depends. What are the needs of the church? Is this an evangelistic crusade? A revival to call the church to repentance? Stewardship revival?
     
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    Welcome Paul,

    I did just that as my doctoral project earlier this year. I would be happy to send you a copy of what I wrote but it is too large to post here.

    Some generic thoughts:

    You are praying and preparing now which is good but what about the church you are preaching at? What are they doing to prepare? Prayer and fasting are one element of preparation, advertising and inviting is another. Preparation includes not only the speaker but also the music, decorations, format, food, and other issues.

    What kind of church is it? What is the emphasis of the revival? Are there any special needs to consider or special hardships the church has recently faced?

    Generically speaking; You have 5 messages to reach people with. You have two on Sunday. Focus these messages on building revival within those church members who have grown cold. Your audience on Sunday will be primarily the church members, focus on them and get them fired up to go home and bring their friends. Missions oriented type messages also work well here. You want to get the people who come on Sunday to not only come back on Monday and Tuesday, but you want them to bring a friend.

    You want to have at least one "Salvation" message. I would make this Monday or Tuesday night. You want to announce this message ahead of time during the Sunday meetings and encourage the church members that if they have a lost friend they want to bring then this is the message to bring them to. Yes I know, all messages should include the gospel but some messages are focused on the lost, this is it.

    Your final message on Wednesday needs to sum up the results of the revival and give those who have made changes in their lives the motivation to continue in the things they have done and learned.

    This gives you one message to work with. It could be a second salvation message or focus on some special need the church or community faces. Often a message of comfort for those in need or hope for those who have lost theirs.

    Pray, Fast, Prepare, God will let you know what to say!
     
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  4. Paul Kersey

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    Reply to TomVols & NC Tentmaker

    Thank you both for your replies. As of this moment, I don't know the situation or environment within the church, nor do I know the pastor. He contacted me after hearing a recent sermon. I intend to speak with the pastor in detail this week concerning these matters and what outcome he is seeking for God to bring through these meetings.

    NC Tentmaker, thank you for the detail you provided, it was very helpful. I have been to so many revivals as an audience member that I have lost count. However, until you're planning and preparing each message, the complexity doesn't really hit home. This is a relatively small country church, and there may not be enough young people to have a youth-emphasis night, though I think such "emphasis nights" are quite effective.

    Please share any samples/ideas you have used in the past.

    Blessings to you.
     
  5. Major B

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    1. Is the church where you are going engaging in serious corporate and private prayers?

    2. Has the membership of the church, especially the lay leadership, committed to be there for every service?

    One of the greatest needs in most churches is to have the Law preached--(Rom 3:19-20)--so that people will know their own state before God.

    This needs to be done before any time of evangelism, for people must realize their lost state, else they will never be saved.

    Consider also preaching on either the wheat and the tares or on 2 Cor 13:5--The Discipline of Self Examination
     

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