In the first post of this series, I talked about how everyone today throws around the world revival. Pastors and speakers preach on it, churches talk about it, and Christians pray for it. But do we really know what revival is? Lets start by looking at what revival is not.
Revival is not the following:
1. A planned meeting.
While there is good in revival meetings, we must never be deceived into thinking that we can produce revival as if it is something that we push this button and that button and then 'woolah!' you have revival.
2. An evangelistic campaign.
Revival is not a campaign. We do not aim to get a group of Christians together, go preach on soapboxes for 8 hours, and the come back and label that revival.
3. An emotional frenzy.
Sadly, when many think of revival today they think of emotional mayhem. People falling down on their knees, weeping, and jumping around. While some of these things may be associated with what happens when revival occurs, they in and of themselves do not define revival whatsoever.
4. Something to be afraid of.
I think many Christians, if they're honest, are truly scared of revival. They are scared at what could happen if they experienced revival partly because they have no idea what it is.
There are so many views on what revival is in the evangelical world today. Therefore we must look to the Scripture to determine what exactly revival is if we are in hopes of experiencing it in our churches, homes, and lives. Be sure to check out the next post in this series I Need Revival to learn about what God's Word teaches about revival.
I am a Husband to Clarissa, Pastor at Liberty Baptist Church, reader of many books, and tweeter at @brad_merchant.