Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Ephesians 3:20-21
I started reading “Why Revival Tarries” by Leonard Ravenhill this week. I think I read this book years ago but it has been especially penetrating this time. I’ve said this a few times lately but I continue to see a little extra spiritual receptivity amongst some of our visitors and even some of our members. It is exciting and has prompted me to get more serious about prayer and some spiritual disciplines. Kentucky Baptist have been talking about revival the past few months and the current KBC President, Wes Fowler, has encouraged Kentucky Baptist churches to consider having a time of revival this year. Please join me in praying for God’s direction in this matter.
Leonard Ravenhill wrote some things that really reminded me of the necessity of prayer in our pursuit of a God-sent revival. “The man who can get believers to praying would, under God, usher in the greatest revival that the world has ever known.” I think God is ready, willing, and able to send revival to our land if we want it and will seek it. I have shared a little about “The Gospel to Every Home” initiative in which Kentucky Baptist are going to try to take some gospel information to every home in Kentucky this year. I think it would be wise to have a time of designated prayer before we take the gospel out. We might plan on kicking off 40 days of prayer the Sunday after Easter. In addition to praying, we will spend that time getting equipped to share the gospel and our testimony. We want to be ready to share with anybody we might encounter when we go out.
As I mentioned Sunday, my passion is for all of us to see ourselves as Christian missionaries. When we go to work, school, hospital, ball field, or supermarket, we should see that as our mission field. We want to regularly be sowing seeds of the gospel, watering those seeds, and asking the Lord to bring the harvest and save souls. Last year we were praying for 52 baptisms before Covid shut us down. If we have 300-400 missionaries going out each week equipped with the gospel, praying for gospel opportunities, and ready to share the gospel, we could expect to see somebody saved every week. We had 5 baptisms in January (5 Sundays). Let’s be praying for a fruitful year. Let’s come expecting God to save somebody every week.
As I think about the spiritual receptivity I am seeing, the men and women discipleship opportunities that are coming up, The Gospel to Every Home initiative, the decrease in Covid cases and people getting their vaccines, I am extra excited to think about what God might have in store for us in 2021. We are going to need you to join us in prayer, join us in getting equipped for evangelism, join us in taking the gospel to our community, join us in ministering to new believers, join us in greeting our Guests, join us in following up with Guests, and join us in being a missionary to your particular mission field. I would love to hear back from you in regards to what role you want to play and how we can help equip you to fulfill the Great Commission. May God guide our steps and bless our efforts!