Wow! What an awesome week we just experienced! From a community block party to a tremendous Bible study series to the celebration of baptisms, God’s Spirit manifested Himself in our midst. His presence, while always a reality, was clearly evident! And what’s more, we were allowed to show up to experience Him. Summer break has officially ended for many of us, and the routine of school/work has resumed. That also means that our faith family is gathering back together in strength. This past Sunday, we recorded some of our highest attendance numbers to date in children and youth Sunday School. Praise God! And of course, all three of our worship services were vibrant with people and life. I’m not sure if you can tell, but I’m still on a spiritual mountaintop!
However, I do realize that my experience must be translated into commitment. There is so much work to be done around us. God is still saving people, and He wants to use us to accomplish that task. People still need to be discipled, and He has commanded us to be about that business. Believers rightfully desire a place to belong, a community so to speak, and He has created us, the church, to satisfy that longing. What I am saying is that there is too much for us to do to rest upon one event’s success or one day’s celebration. We must keep working! Let’s make a concerted effort to reach out to someone this week and encourage them to join us for the spiritual journey He has placed before us. Welcome Back Sunday is coming up on September 9, but don’t wait to contact some of our brothers/sisters who need to be encouraged in their walk with Christ. Make a call. Make a visit. Send a card. Send a text. Have a conversation. Do something for the Kingdom! Make your life count!
The great expositor, Stephen Olford, once proclaimed, “Revival is not some emotion or worked-up excitement; it is rather an invasion from heaven which brings to man a conscious awareness of God!” What truth! As I look back on this past week, I pray specifically that I’m not just moved by emotion . . . but that I am motivated by a renewed consciousness of God and His work. I want to see an “invasion from heaven” that consumes Temple Baptist Church and propels us onward to greater Kingdom achievements. The winds of the Spirit are stirring! May He open our awareness to that presence! And may we collectively offer the petition of the Psalmist: “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (85:6 ESV)!