Is it just me, or do people seem to go crazy around Super Bowl time! Maybe it is just me, but I was just on my iPad mini and all I see on the social media sites is Super Bowl this n’ Super bowl that. Don’t get me wrong, I am interested in the Super Bowl. What red-blooded American isn’t! However, let’s get real here!
I remember going to those old revival meetings that didn’t have time limits on them. People came and went but the revivalist keep at it. The old camp meetings, anyone remember how they used to be. The smell of campfire cooking, the music, the shouts of Hallelujah ringing in the air, people coming to Jesus by the droves—bring it back, Lord, bring it back.
Wouldn’t it be grand if we could rally ‘round a 21st century national revival with even half the gusto we expend once a year for the Super Bowl? What do you think that would look like? Christians, all over the country, gathering to worship the Lord, hear the gospel together and praising God when the friends and loved ones they brought with them humbly accepted Jesus Christ and became new disciples in God’s army!
Churches being filled with new disciples, volunteers, and faithful witnessing!
All over the USA, families gathering ‘round the wide screen, watching with neighbors and loved ones, listening, talking about Jesus, and breaking out in excited praises when one of the unsaved among them asked how they, too, could receive Christ!
Well, guess what? There has not been a national revival in the West since the middle of the 19th century. Christianity appears to be sinking in the western horizon and sinking in Western society at an ever increasing pace.
It appears that, unlike the 1st century church that turned the entire world upside down for Jesus, the 21st century church is being turned upside down by the world! Why is that? Can it all be blamed upon the paganism (humanism) that runs rampant in society? That is certainly a contributing factor.
But what was it about 1st century Christianity that differs from 21st century Christianity? Paganism and persecution was all around them! What seems to be the deal breaker today when it comes to revival?
“Some will get their hackles up and say, ‘Such a simplistic message! What Christian doesn’t already know this!'”
The 1st century church abundantly used two spiritual weapons that are still available to us today but are underused—prayer and the message of the Good News of the kingdom. Let’s take a look at each of these spiritual weapons:
- Prayer – You see, Jesus provided His church with a miraculous tool when He ripped the veil. For the first time since the fall, through Him, mankind had access to the Father. The 1st century church utilized this. When Peter was locked up in Acts 12, the church prayed unceasingly.
- The Gospel – The Gospel, powered by God’s Spirit within each born again Christian, broke through strongholds of Satan and presented the liberating message of Christ. Where is that Gospel today? How many churches today have effective outreach programs compared to the ones who do not? How can the Gospel be heard by a dying world if it is not proclaimed, without compromise?
Where are you today in your prayer life?
Where is your church in community prayer?
Where are you today in following the command of your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ to go and make disciples?
Where is your church in its outreach program?
The Bible says that prayer is the foundation that the Gospel should be preached from. Let’s join together in spreading this message, this simple message that we all know but have laid aside.
Let’s proclaim the Gospel to the lost and pray for Holy Spirit conviction that can soften the hardened hearts of our 21st century culture. In other words, let’s decide, once again, to follow Jesus.
We all know Christians the rest of us do not. We can do what that 1st century church did. Christians passed the word by mouth to other Christians to gather and pray. Christians reminded one another to tell others about Jesus.
Some will get their hackles up and say, “Such a simplistic message! What Christian doesn’t already know this!” I’m not saying Christians don’t know this. I’m saying many of them need reminding of this.
Please send this to other Christians you know. This is a simple message to remind. It’s nothing ground breaking. It is getting back to basics.
Let’s do it.
Let’s follow Jesus!
Pray with me for obedience in the body of Christ.
Until next time…
Question: Why are 21st century Christians reluctant to witness to the lost?