“From America’s Revolution to America’s Revival”
Four-Day Event at Historic Buffalo Presbyterian Church Will Draw National Speakers!
YOUR ROLE IN THE REVIVAL THAT MUST BE
With great joy we announce that Buffalo will be having fall revival services September 7-10. Among the very special speakers who will be in our pulpit those days will be Dr. Frank Turek - a nationally-known speaker, evangelist, defender of the faith, who has been a friend of mine for many years (Google his name- you will be excited to know that Dr. Turek is coming to be with us!). The services will be at 7:00PM each of those evenings; Do plan to attend, invite people to come, and above all- please be in prayer for these important services.
“Revival” is an ancient word that means, “a return to the things that bring life.” Regarding “revival” for a local church like Buffalo, I urge each one reading this to believe God’s promise that you can play a role in revival! In times of crisis God raises up leaders, as He always does. Ancient Israel faced many situations of genuine danger (as they are facing right now), and there were times when the people’s very survival was in question. The aged Mordecai realized that his cousin Esther had the potential, through God, to change their world, for the good. He said to her, “For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arrive from another place...but you and your father's house will perish... Yet who knows, whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).
Like Esther, our situation at this time is no accident. God can use you in unimaginable ways for incalculable good - if you are willing to be used. America needs a spiritual awakening - a restoration of the Christian presence in our land. Individuals, families, churches, organizations- all experience cycles in which love for the Lord needs to be rekindled - revived. The good news is that God can use you and YOU can play a role in bringing revival about! Consider these facts, of which you may not have been aware . . .
1. YOU CAN PLAY A ROLE IN BRINGING ABOUT REVIVAL
You can make a positive, tangible difference that will have eternal implications. History’s great revivals are the stories of God using individuals. Do away with the "Somebody else" mentality! Often, we assume that somebody else will teach that Sunday school class. “Somebody else” will give tithes, somebody else will invite that neighbor to church. God knows that we have been alerted to the needs of this hour, yet we tell ourselves, “Oh, somebody else will do it!” Allow me to let you in on a secret: “Somebody else" doesn't exist! God will work in your life, when you see that holiness and faithfulness is your personal responsibility! It is also your privilege. "Somebody else" can't walk with Jesus for you - you've got to do it! You've got to obey Christ personally, stand for the Gospel openly, and realize that change will never come if we wait for “somebody else” to initiate it. It is almost as if we are hoping that the evils in this world will be addressed by somebody more spiritual and more courageous than ourselves! Revival will come when Christians view them- selves as personally accountable for the spiritual future of the nation.
2. YOU ARE DESIGNED TO PLAY A ROLE IN BRINGING ABOUT GOD'S PURPOSES
If you are a Christian, the possibility of you being a “world changer” should not strike you as surprising! Jesus said, "Truly, truly, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do, shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do, Because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." (John 14:12-13).
￼￼￼The Christian church is not to sit by passively, unable to make a difference in this world of spiritual need! After Jesus’ ascension to heaven, the Holy Spirit came in power to the church, to empower the church! God has therefore made it possible that all Christians make a tangible difference in the world!
3. GOD WILL EMPOWER YOU TO FULFILL YOUR INTENDED ROLE
In our own strength, we can do nothing. No man or woman can hope to change this world, only God can do it. But God uses people! Therefore, the person surrendered to God, could be used by God, to fulfill the purposes of God. Through the Holy Spirit's power God can use you to accomplish great purposes. It has been said that, “Most of our limits are self- imposed.” How true! Whoever you are, God can use you, and He will! But remember Jesus’ words, “. . .Without me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).
4. YOU MUST PLAY A ROLE
The world needs to be evangelized, the church needs to be revived. It is doubtful that any Christians would argue these points. But realize this- that, though these things are monumental in scope, God has historically acted to address these needs, by simply working through people like yourself. And in this day, that "some one" has got to be YOU! “Yet who knows, whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).
You, like Esther, have an option... you can take a stand for Christ,- you can pray to God and plead with people, You can initiate deliverance, from what would otherwise be a time of destruction. As we face the coming fall season and especially our revival services September 7- 10, won’t you rededicate yourself to the One in whom is found true freedom and liberty, Jesus Christ? Pray for revival, and today- resolve to become a WORLD-CHANGER, for Christ!
None of us are immune to discouragement, but it is easy to feel burdened by the deplorable condition in which the world seems to stay. Deep down inside, we would all like to make a difference in the world. At the risk of sounding naive—and at the risk of being criticized for wishful thinking— I challenge to you admit it: Wouldn't you like to make a positive difference in the world . . . if you could?
You may have asked yourself, "Can't anybody do something about the shape that this world is in?" "Can't somebody do something to help change America for the better?" I am here to inform you today, that there is a person who could be used to radically improve things in this world today. There is a person who, if they would so chose, could make an impact that would have eternal implications.
Let's face it - the only type of person who could make a difference in this world, the only type of person who could stand up and address the challenges that we face today, would have to be a person led by God Almighty. A person who was used to change the world of 1999, would have to be somebody guided by the Lord Himself. But I'm not talking about some clergyman, or even the pastor of your church. There is a person, who God can use to change the world, and we desperately need this person to step up and accept the challenge of making a difference for God. How serious is the need for dedication on the part of this person? Continued.......
World evangelism and revival could be influenced by what this person does; The souls of people are at stake, futures hang in the balance.... I submit to you, that the eternal destiny of specific individuals could be changed forever, if this person described would rise to face the spiritual challenges of the hour. There is such a person, with potential to make an eternal difference for Christ, for truth, and for the good.
Maybe the person of whom I am speaking, is unaware that they do, in fact, have the potential to change the world. The individual that I'm talking about - poised to change the world, having been given the potential a difference - the person of whom I am speaking . . . is YOU.
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