WHY DO WE NEED REVIVAL?
Our church is hosting a Revival this weekend, January 30 & 31 at 6:00 PM. I’ve been thinking that some may wonder if we really need Revival. I’d like to address that question and then get each person who is reading this column to consider their own need.
First of all, it is people who have a personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their only hope of salvation that need Revival. If a person has never come to the place where they realize that Jesus is their Savior, their sins are forgiven and they are on their way to heaven they don’t need Revival, they need JESUS! Place your faith in HIM today. He lived a perfect life and then died to pay for the sins of thew whole world so that they could have eternal life. If you will call out to JESUS and trust HIM alone as your Lord and Savior you can be sure of eternal life. I John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
Those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior have a tendency of slipping away from Christ. Hebrews 2:1 says “We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” It is so simple to slip away from the Lord who has saved us and keeps us. First of all, we stop attending regular worship services that are designed to keep our spiritual fires burning. During this never-ending pandemic it is so easy to get disconnected. We have members, who many for health reasons have not attended services in almost two years. Some have kept up faithfully by following our online services, but church on the couch is not the same as church in person. Our services can be accessed through our website www.calvarybaptistsedalia.org or YouTube.com or our Facebook page. I’m quite certain that some of our members have just gotten out of the habit of coming to church. The admonition was given by the author of Hebrews in chapter 10 verse 25 “Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the DAY approaching.
Believers need to be careful not to slip away from the fellowship that we have with and in Christ. Psalms 85:6 says, “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” It is my humble opinion that the world is waiting and watching for the people who make up the church to get right with God. We have an opportunity this week with Pastor Michael T. Byrd Sr. (a church planter from East St. Louis) coming to share the word of God with us. Pastor Byrd is a successful church planter that God called to go back to the place he grew up to plant a church. He will deliver a word from the Lord that Sedalia area Christians need to hear. Join us Sunday and Monday night at Calvary Baptist Church 1015 W. 16th St. Sedalia, Missouri. You will be glad that you invested the time and effort. We have a mask only section where you can sit and feel safe. Don’t let anything stop you from coming to this Revival.
II Chronicles 7:14 was written to the nation of Israel but I believe it is also an important challenge to the church in the 21st century. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” The question is will we?
Pastor Don shares from his heart in the "Calvary Connection"