In the last couple of weeks at Faith Community Church, there has been a strong revival atmosphere.
It started on 16 July 2017 when Rev Bill Wilson of Metro World Child preached at our church on the subject “What Do You See?” Many were challenged to become what Rev Wilson calls “100 degree” Christians – to get to that point in our faith where everything changes.
Stories started coming from members of the congregation who were deeply impacted. I heard of one person who made a life-changing ministry decision. Another person was burdened to start a ministry to bring wheelchairs to a third-world country (and within a week, he managed to source some from charities). And all of this from an encounter with God in a one-and-a-half hour church service.
I have always believed that “just one word from God” would be enough to change a person or a situation entirely. However, I don’t think I’ve really seen it hit so close to home until now.
Throughout the different zones of our church, a prayerful hunger had been fomenting for some time. Even in our worship ministry, after three years of solidly building on our technical skills so we could faithfully steward our giftings, our worship pastor Dave Wong completely changed tack at the beginning of this year with a challenge to the team to hunger after God’s presence.
As a result, our worship services started to take on an entirely different complexion.
Last week, 23 July 2017, I had the honour of preaching at church as we began our “Revival” series.
The key plank of my message was from Josiah 23:25:
Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did – with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with the Law of Moses.
If we are going to see revival in our generation, we must also be the generation to turn to God desperately, as if everything depended on it.
Despite all that had been done in the past 20 years of the history of our church, may there never be a generation like ours who would turn to God like we did. And never again, will there be a generation like this one.
I really sense that we are in an extraordinary season now in our church. Conditions are ripe for God’s Spirit to move like we’ve never seen.
Our cry is like that of Habakkuk, “Lord, we have heard of your fame; we stand in awe of Your wonderful deeds. Renew them in our day; in our time make them known!” Amen.
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