Tozer: Religious stir not of God

“I fear any kind of religious stir among Christians that does not lead to repentance and result in a sharp separation of the believer from the world. I am suspicious of any organized revival effort that is forced to play down the hard terms of the Kingdom. No matter how attractive the movement may appear, if it is not founded in righteousness and nurtured in humility it is not of God. If it exploits the flesh it is a religious fraud and should not have the support of any God-fearing Christian.” —via Tozer Devotional.

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A Personal Revival

You can tell when a doctor is passionate about what they do, can’t you? Have you ever seen an athlete not have passion about playing their game? How did that make you feel; especially if they played for your team???

On and on I could go, but the answers to the questions reveal that passion is visible, passion is a driving force, passion reveals how high and how hot the fire is burning on the inside!

What is our passion like for the gospel, for the church, for the work we’re called to do, for the lost or for the Savior who died for us? Is it visible? Is it dying? Is it moving us along full-steam ahead? Or is our lack of passion just burning up our conscience?

The brotherhood is in the habit of holding “Gospel Meetings,” and there’s nothing wrong with that per say; we have them at Keltonburg too. But to be honest, I believe we need revivals! We need congregational and individual revivals! We need to stoke some fires! We need to take a good long look in the mirror called God’s Word (James 1:21-25).

Are we burning bright for Jesus like John the baptizer did (a.k.a. the baptist; John 5:35) or are we fading out and blending in with the world like Demas did (2 Timothy 4:10)?

Do we need a personal revival? I may be asking the “wrong room,” but maybe this will encourage all of us to keep an eye on what fuel we’re burning and how much of it we have left in the tank.

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Daily Nudge: church revival

Today’s Nudge asks the Fellows for specific ideas on how to revive a church. Congregations go through cycles, and sometimes reach a stagnation point. How to get a community of disciples out of neutral? We’re looking for specific things, not generalities like “they should repent!” Well, yes, they should, but I’m looking for how-to’s and what-to-do’s.

Part of the rut communities get into are the routine of doing the same thing in the same way all the time. I’m not an advocate of change for change’s sake, but there’s something to be said for changing the way things are doing in order to be more effective and meet spiritual needs. Let’s think along those lines as well.

This question goes hand-in-hand, perhaps, with the Nudge day before yesterday about unique things done in congregations. The world has morphed into something so different from 50 years ago, so how are we adapting the eternal message so that we can get people’s attention?

The question presupposes, it would appear, that internal revival is linked to outreach.

Turned out to be a long question, did it not?

#community, #evangelism, #outreach, #revival, #worship