Wikipedia, relying on respected Christian sources states “The annual growth rate of evangelicalism in the U.S. is 0.8% according to Operation World and as a nation we rank 30th in the list of countries where evangelical growth is least.” The church must wake up before it’s too late!
Everyone is in agreement. These are unprecedented times. In the history of our nation we’ve never seen a series of events like we are experiencing today. A virus has paralyzed our nation even though the symptoms are far less than often reported and over 99% recover. We’ve legalized same sex marriage, demonized and defunded faithful police men and women who protect us, we’ve allowed violence to erupt in major cities across our nation and many churches are not gathering, or poorly attended if they do.
The church should be alive, vibrant and faithful lifting up Jesus during this time. We should be fervently praying and desperately seeking God yet our pleasure and prosperity has lulled many to sleep. Our society has changed us more than we’ve changed our society. Desperate times require desperate actions. Martyn Lloyd Jones said "In these days of exceptional evil, are you doing something exceptional?”
I’m in whole hearted agreement with Dr. Michael Brown. He said “It’s time to get back to the basics; deep personal devotions, committed corporate prayer and compassionate outreach ministries in our communities. The Great Commission, adorned with good works and empowered by the Spirit, must be our great priority.” He went on to say “We are living in desperate times, but as followers of Jesus Christ, we are not desperate. Our nation is broken, but we are not broken. We need prayers that bleed and hearts that cry. We need God.”
That’s why we set aside August as a time of prayer and fasting. That’s why Pastor Chad and I will be preaching a series this month entitled “Exchanging Survival for Revival.” That is also why we are going to simulcast a nationwide Solemn Assembly at LCC on Saturday, September 26th from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Some look at that time frame and say my Saturday… all day… and that is the end of the conversation. But before you write it off would you look at our nation and ask “Is it worth it?” Would you look at your children and grandchildren and ask “Is it worth it?” Would you look at our Savior and the price He paid for us and ask “Is it worth it?”
This is a time to confess and repent of our sin, both personally and as a nation. It’s a time to cry out to the only one who can save and change us. This should be the priority of every born again believer! Imagine coming to LCC Saturday morning on the 26th and the parking lot full, and the church family gathered with a spirit of expectancy, and the presence of God greeting us as we entered.
Check out the website www.thereturn.org and if you can’t attend all day check out the itinerary and plan to stay as long as you can. Our future may depend on it. If not us…who? If not now…when? If not you…why?
Break us Lord that you might bless others,