Welcome Tim Douglas again to our church this morning and tonight. God is going to use Tim’s preaching to usher revival and renewal into our hearts and our fellowship. Pray today about how you will respond. Tim is a biblical preacher. He is a man of prayer. Tim has served on the mission field and now leads a congregation as associate pastor. I have full confidence that God is going to use Tim to give our church the messages from God’s word that we need to rekindle the revival fire God’s wants for us.
Everything starts this morning at 9:45 with our worship emphasis based on REPENTANCE. The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Without confession and repentance there can be no revival. We must be ready to humble ourselves before God and tell Him about what’s wrong in our hearts. He already knows so why not admit our sin and let Him forgive like He wants and is ready to do.
At 11:00, our worship will center on RECONCILIATION. Thank you, Scott Sturgill for building a cross for our church’s worship center. When the Bible talks about reconciliation it is talking about what Jesus did for us on the cross, “…God was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to use the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19). We will use the cross that Scott made for us to nail the things in our lives that need to be reconciled back to God. We may need to reconcile our worries. We may need this morning to reconcile a broken heart, a broken relationship, a broken promise. During the invitation time this morning, write down on the paper enclosed in this bulletin and step forward to nail your Offering of Reconciliation to the Cross.
At 6:00 tonight, we will come back together in a service of recommitment to CHRISTLIKENESS. God wants us to be holy like He is holy. The way revival is supposed to work is that God’s people put away those things that displease God and begin to live in a way that pleases Him. We put off the old ways and take on what the Bible calls NEWNESS OF LIFE, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things pass away; behold all things become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Pray about those habits that you need to leave behind. Ask God for strength and stamina to live like Jesus wants you to live. Make a commitment. Start over again giving Jesus the obedience He deserves.