There will never be a revival in America…
…until there is a revival in the Church.
It seems that today, with the conflict going on in America with race, with the way it seems that every day seems to be getting worse, and with our current election coming in November, all of this seems to bring out the Conservative Right Christian who makes the stand, “We need God in America!” Now, as I completely agree with that statement, there is something we need to understand. Before we can see a revival, or an awakening (whatever you want to call it), it must start in the Church.
It’s the Church that needs to return to the Word and turn away from these gimmicks that they seem to do on Sunday mornings and Saturday evenings to bring in large numbers. The Church must return to a healthy exposition of God’s Word. Truth needs to be preached from the pulpit. The Church needs to make a stand on God’s Word. We can’t seek to change God’s Word, we must allow it to change us. We must see the Bible as authority. We must grasp the Bible as Treasure. We must read the Bible as a love letter. We must swim in the Bible as Truth!
“We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.” ― John R.W. Stott
It’s the Church that needs to return to Holiness. It seems that many groups are forsaking the reverence of worship for the relevance of the world. Many churches are looking more and more like the world to attract the world when God’s Word calls us to be set apart! The Church needs pastors who will make a stand against sin and not be afraid to preach against it, but most importantly, the Church needs to look like Christ in this dark world.
We cannot afford to let down our Christian standards just to hold the interest of people who want to go to hell and still belong to a Church. – A.W. Tozer
The Church’s power over the world springs out of her unlikeness to it, never from her integration into it. – A.W. Tozer
It’s the Church that needs to return to Prayer. Stop complaining about the government taking prayer out of schools! It’s impossible to do that! What the Church needs to do is turn that energy towards their own prayer time. Church, when were you last on your knees? We can’t seek to change America if we can’t first seek for God to change us! We need to change before America can!
“The man who mobilizes the Christian church to pray will make the greatest contribution to world evangelization in history.” – Andrew Murray
It’s the Church that needs to return to the Gospel. It’s the Gospel that will change things. What this world needs most is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but before the world can get it, the Church must proclaim it! The Church proclaims it by their lives and by their words. The world will never believe the Gospel unless the Church that proclaims it shows that it is true. The gospel must change us before we can preach it for others to be changed! The greatest way for evangelism to work is when lost people see the Gospel change others. Return to it Church!
I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. – Revelation 2:3-5a ESV
What else do you believe the Church needs to return to? Leave it in the comments below…