What would happen if a true heaven-sent revival came to your church today. Below are a few outcomes that I have adapted and expounded upon from Iain Murray.
If revival came to our church, it would…
- Energize worship – A spontaneous energizing of our body by the Holy Spirit to worship the living God. “In my study and observations, a revival generally results in a sudden bestowal of a spirit of worship. This is not the result of engineering or manipulation. It is something God bestows on people hungering and thirsting for him.” — A.W. Tozer
- Mobilize ministry – Transform how we invest our lives. The Lord would raise up godly men and women who are compelled to take the gospel to the harvest fields of the world and bring the King of heaven to the broken places and people of this world. There would be no shortage of men and women ready to serve Christ at home or overseas.
- Impact morality – “Dim or indistinct views of sin are the origin of most of the errors, heresies, and false doctrines of the present day. If a man does not realize the dangerous nature of the soul’s disease, you cannot wonder if he is content with false or imperfect views of holiness” — J.C. Ryle, Holiness
- Advance the gospel – The speed with which the gospel achieves success has always been a mark of revival. That we would experience a great burden for the salvation of others.
- Reestablish a commitment to Christian community – Casual, nominal, cultural Christianity would be diminished greatly. Jesus is clear that our primary witness to the world is not our doctrine, distinctives, or programs, but our love for one another, expressed in kindness, joy, humility, and sacrifice. Biblical community is both the precursor and the result of genuine revival.
- Restore faith in the Word of God – Faith would no longer rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. The Scriptures would be seen as entirely trustworthy and authoritative and we would pursue Christ by a focused, intense gazing into and meditating upon the book of God.