I’ve got to admit I’m glad we’re past the holidays and back to work! I’m excited as we look to 2011 (or as Kathy would say – the new decade). One thing I am encouraging my church with is outreach and evangelism.
Some churches think that if we have a real move of God, it’s just “for us.” They’ve already decided the world doesn’t want it.
I’ve even heard people go so far as to say you’re either going to have revival or you’ll have church growth. You can’t have one with the other.
I beg to differ on that. The world needs what we’ve got. The world needs to know that the kingdom of God is here - that God is real - AND that you can encounter him in church! (at least you should be able to…)
I really believe you can have revival and grow a church at the same time. God’s called us to be fishers of men, doing all we can to “catch” men and reel them in. If we do it right, we can gather people in without giving up our “catch” of the Holy Spirit and his movement in our lives and churches.
There are ways to get crowds of people, but there’s only one way to change a life.
I’m not a big one for being seeker-sensitive. If they’re seeking, why not give them what they’re looking for? Let’s help them encounter the presence of the living God flowing in us and through us.
The old-fashioned way of evangelism always works. I’m encouraging my congregation at World Revival Church to break through the impersonal barriers of the modern world we live in and really reach out to people. To reach up first – and then reach out with a Presence that can truly touch a life. Be real people, but be revived people with something great to share with the world.
We won’t diminish what God’s doing in this place, but we’re going to work hard to get a good catch this year. Let’s have revival - and let’s break out the walls with church growth in 2011!
Yours for revival,