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Have We No Tears For Revival?

(I found this article by Leonard Ravenhill on Sermon Index.  Very challenging!)

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” (Ps. 126:5). This is the divine edict. This is more than preaching with zeal. This is more than scholarly exposition. This is more than delivering sermons of exegetical exactitude and homiletical perfection. Such a man, whether preacher or pew dweller, is appalled at the shrinking authority of the Church in the present drama of cruelty in the world. And he cringes with sorrow that men turn a deaf ear to the Gospel and willingly risk eternal hell in the process. Under this complex burden, his heart is crushed to tears.

The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church, grieved at the blindness of the Church, grieved at the corruption in the Church, grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed that the corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the strongholds of the devil. He is embarrassed that the Church folks no longer cry in their despair before a devil-ridden, sin-mad society, “Why could we not cast him out?” (Matt. 17:19).

Many of us have no heart-sickness for the former glory of the Church because we have never known what true revival is. We stagnate in the status quo and sleep easy at night while our generation moves swiftly to the eternal night of hell. Shame, shame on us! Jesus whipped some money changers out of the temple; but before He whipped them, He wept over them. He knew how near their judgment was The Apostle Paul sent a tear-stained letter to the Philippian saints, writing: “I have told you often and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil. 3:18). Notice that he does not say they are enemies of Christ; they are, rather, the enemies of the cross of Christ. They deny or diminish the redemptive values of the cross. There are many like this today. The church of Rome does not stand as an enemy of Christ; it traces heavily on His holy name. Yet it denies the cross by saying that the Blessed Virgin is co-redemptive. If this is so, why was she not also crucified? The Mormons use the name of Christ, yet they are astray on the atonement. Have we tears for them? Shall we face them without a blush when they accuse us of inertia at the Judgment Seat saying that they were our neighbors and an offense to us, but not a burden because they were lost?

The Salvationists can scarcely read their flaming evangelical history without tears. Has the glory of the evangelical revival under Wesley ever gripped the hearts of the Methodists of today? Have they read of the fire-baptized men in Wesley’s team? Men like John Nelson, Thomas Walsh, and a host of others whose names are written in the Book of Life; men persecuted and kicked in the streets when they held street meetings? Yet as their blood flowed from their wounds, their tears flowed from their eyes. Have the Holiness people set a guard at the door of the beauty parlors lest any sister should enter to get her hair curled, while a block away there is a string of prostitutes trying to sell their sin-wracked bodies with none to tell them of eternal love? Do the Pentecostals look back with shame as they remember when they dwelt across the theological tracks, but with the glory of the Lord in their midst? When they had a normal church life, which meant nights of prayers, followed by signs and wonders, and diverse miracles, and genuine gifts of the Holy Ghost? When they were not clock watchers, and their meetings lasted for hours, saturated with holy power? Have we no tears for these memories, or shame that our children know nothing of such power? Other denominations had their Glory Days of revival. Think of the mighty visitations to the Presbyterians in Korea. Remember the earth-shaking revival in Shantung. Are those days gone forever? Have we no tears for revival?

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Posted by on May 28, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

Piper Sermon Clip: What Value Do You Place On Jesus?

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

New Member’s Material

  A couple of months ago I wrote material for a four week new member’s class that I started in our church.  The first three weeks, I focused the material on identifying with Christ for salvation, service, and stewardship.  The final week I focused on being Kingdom focused in a Southern Baptist Church.  Over the next week or so I will post my material.  You are free to use it, but please email me stories about how the material was used and the results.  I hope this material strengthens your own New Member’s Class. 

 

 

New Members Class, Part 1 – “Living In Christ”

 

  Congratulations!  You are in this class because at some point in your life you answered the call of Jesus Christ by committing your life to follow Him.  You are also here because you have joined or you’re seeking to join this church.  The goal of this 4 week class is to help you experience the living Christ.  In order for you to grow in relationship to God and this church, you need to understand and apply what the Bible teaches about being a Christian, a church member, a tither, and a Southern Baptist. 

 

What is a Christian?

 

1.  Read John 1:1 and John 14:6.  Who is Jesus Christ?

 

2.  According to Romans 10:9-10, how does someone become a Christian?  Does this describe what you have done?

 

 

3.  Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 and write down the most important truth in the Christian life.     

 

 

4.  Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 and describe what impact Jesus has made on you? 

 

 

In Christ, what’s new with you?

 

Trusting in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and trusting in His death and resurrection from the dead is more than the assurance that you will go to heaven when you die.  It is about Christ changing your life now. 

At the moment you committed your life to Christ three key things changed about you. 

 

  First, you have changed because in Christ you have a new identity.  By trusting in Christ, you have identified His death as your own.  You have identified His resurrection as your own.  Your life is based on who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for you. 

 

1.      Read Galatians 2:20 and describe how Paul saw his new identity?  

 

 

  Second, since your life is now identified with the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you experience something brand new, complete forgiveness from sin.  You have a new freedom, not to self, but to God (2 Cor. 5:21).  His forgiveness through Christ has given you freedom. 

 

1.      Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, describe what effect Christ’s death and resurrection has had on your sin?

 

 

2.      Is there a sin that has had control over you?  What has Jesus done to this sin?

 

 

  The last area of change is exciting.  God has entered into a new relationship with you.  You are no longer just His creation or just a servant, but you are His adopted child.  Through Christ, He accepts you and makes you part of His family.  You belong to Him.

 

1.      Read John 1:12 and Romans 8:14-17 and describe the type of relationship you have in Christ?

 

 

 In Christ, what remains the same?

 

  Now that you have an understanding of how Christ has changed your life, you need to understand what parts of your life are the same.  The first area that hasn’t change is your circumstances.  Many people want Christ to help them to escape their problems.  The truth is when you trust Christ He helps you to face and solve your problems.  Christ won’t automatically solve your family, your job, or you’re your financial problems.  These problems will only change as you choose to live in Christ.

 

  The second area that hasn’t changed is the area of temptation.  The same things that tempted you before you were a believer will tempt you as a believer.  The good news is that Jesus was tempted in all ways, but was without sin.  God wants you to overcome temptation by trusting Him and allowing Christ to live though you. 

 

  The last area that hasn’t changed by inviting Christ into our lives is our thought patterns.  We are told that we must renew our minds.  We are also told that we must take every thought captive in Jesus Christ.  The first conflict a new believer faces is between his new faith in Christ and his old thought patterns. 

 

How Do I Live In Christ?

 

You will live in the tension between the reality of how Christ has changed you and the frustration of how He hasn’t until you make a commitment to three principles.

 

-The first commitment is to the principle of faith. 

1.      Read Romans 4:21-22. How did Abraham show His faith?

 

 

2.  Read  Hebrews 11:1, 6.  What is faith and how is it shown?

 

 

-The second commitment is to the principle of reading God’s Word.

 

All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for training, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17.

 

How to study scripture:

1.  Circle all the words that impact you in the verse above.

 

2.  Pick one word and right out a definition for that word.

 

 

3.  Re-think the verse in light of the word.

 

4.  Decide how you can apply this verse to your own life.

 

 

– The last commitment is to the principle of prayer.

 

How to pray:

 

  Prayer is communication with God.  God speaks to us through His Word and we respond back to Him in prayer.

 

1.      Take the verse above and make it into a prayer:

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2008 in Church Helps, Uncategorized

 

Put Your Tongue To Use

David Crowder Band – “O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing”

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

John Piper on the Gospel

John Piper is one of my favorite preachers, enjoy this clip!

 

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

Pray for the Chapman Family

  I am a huge fan of Steven Curtis Chapman and his music has challenged my walk in Christ.  Pray for him and his family as they go through this difficult time.  Here is the story from CNN: “Christian music star’s daughter killed by car.

 

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

The Happening

  I was inspired today to take time and update this wonderful blog.  I enjoy blogging, but my schedule hasn’t allowed much time for writing.   Our journey has been an interesting one.  According to the world and probably according to most Christians I’m a failure.  Success according to many would be for me to be a full time pastor at a Southern Baptist Church.  Success would be preaching in a pulpit every Sunday.  This is how I defined success until last year when God lead us away from the church we were pastoring.  We moved to plant a church.

  We knew it would be hard but we didn’t expect how lonely it would be.  We knew that if a church was going to grow it had to be based on more than me.  We expected God to provide the partners that could work with me to plant this “church”.  Adventure Baptist Church was a dream of mine, but God had a different path.  God gave me a partner, but it was in doing a service for truck drivers at a local Flying J.  I had to be out there for eight months until I realized that every Sunday a new church was being planted.  I didn’t realize that I had been a church planter for eight months. 

  Our journey has been interesting in that while I’m a member of the church at the Flying J, I am also a partner at Life Church.  Life Church has been a great experience and refreshment for me and my family.  They aren’t a SBC church, but I can honestly say that the reason I’m a partner with them is because I am a Southern Baptist.  They teach the Word of God and they minister to people.  We have found a home in our small group.  They have ministered to us in amazing ways.

  If you are keeping count that makes me a member of two churches, but I have also joined a local Baptist Church.  I am working with a friend of mine helping him to develop the discipleship program of the church.  I teach the new member’s class and I wrote the material we use.  I am starting a new discipleship group next week.  It is exciting to see people learn what it means to follow Christ.

  Now I realize that many may wonder why we are members of three churches?  The reason is the trinity.  One for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  J/K.  I have realized that I belong to Christ and I need to serve where God gives me opportunity.  I am loyal to each church and support each by tithe and time.

  I have to announce that Andrew Micheal Burchfiel was born May 7th.  He is great, but he doesn’t allow Kristi to get much sleep at night.  Please pray that he gets on a schedule.  In the last several months, many churches have contacted us about being their senior pastor.  Please pray that we will have wisdom.  We want to make a difference for the Kingdom.  

In closing here is a picture of my boy.

   

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2008 in Uncategorized

 
 
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