How to Revive the Church
1. Pray for revival. Join other members in your church and pray that God will start a revival. Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He commanded His disciple to pray in unity for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4,14) and to wait in Jerusalem (Luke 24:49). “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
2. Study the Word of God daily. The Holy Spirit moves with power upon the members that are fed by the Word. “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).
3. Continue in unity with the believers until you receive the intense desire to share the truth. “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16).
4. Get the members involved in community evangelism. One of the best ways to awaken a sleepy church and experience a revival is to share Jesus with others. The early apostolic church experienced great revival because they evangelized the world. “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved” (Acts 2:46,47).
Sharing the good news of God’s love with others becomes the rejuvenating power in a cold church and adds vitality to the member’s conversion process (Romans 10:9). This experience enables the members to connect themselves to the Lord daily and strengthens their faith (John 15:5). As they reach out to save others, their own relationship with the Lord will be revived and their first love rekindled. The most important part of evangelism, within and without the church, is love (John 13:35, Hebrews 10:24).
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