Need For Revival
Ø Psalm 85:6 – “Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?”
Ø Ellen G. White – “A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs.” (Selected Messages, Volume 1, page 121).
Ø Mark A. Finley – “There is nothing that the Seventh-day Adventist Church needs more than a genuine spiritual revival. There is nothing that Satan fears more than this promised revival. There is nothing more important for church administrators, pastors, and church members than seeking this revival together. There is no greater priority.” (Revive Us Again, page 5).
What Is Revival?
Ø Revive: From Latin roots … “re” à again; “vivere” à to live = “to live again”
Ø Revival Synonyms: improvement, rallying, betterment
Ø A series of meeting for the purpose of effecting a religious awakening
Ø Spurgeon: “Many blessings may come to the unconverted in consequence of a revival among Christians, but the revival itself has to do only with those who already possess spiritual life. There must be vitality in some degree before there can be a quickening of vitality, or, in other words, a revival.” ~ What Is A Revival?
Ø Selected Messages, Book 1, page 128. “Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend.”
Benefits Of A Revival Series
Ø Individual and corporate spiritual renewal to prepare for the Return of our Redeemer.
Ø Afford family, friends, and the community an opportunity to be introduced to the practicalities of living in a loving relationship with Christ and one another.
Ø In advance of an Evangelistic Series to prepare the local church to be an entity that is equipped and ready to receive new members.
Ø Inspire church members to be actively involved in the ministry of ongoing evangelism that is two-fold.
This Revival Ministry Is A Faith Ministry and does not set a fee, since this could prevent smaller congregations from hosting a Series, but the local church is expected to:
Ø Cover travel expenses [ Gulf States Conference covers this within borders of this Conference ]
Ø Provide place to stay (either in a motel or someone’s home)
Ø Provide meals or per diem
Ø Receive a love offering at each meeting. These offerings are not to be applied to the expense areas listed above, but are in addition to the church guaranteeing the expense areas listed above.
Ø Provide at least one round of golf (teasing, but will not be refused if offered … smiling)
Length Of Revival Series: Sabbath morning through Wednesday evening (6 sessions)