Published January 22, 2015
My heart is still overflowing with thanksgiving to God for His blessings on our annual meeting, Revive 2014. God truly moved in our hearts as we prayed, sang, preached, and celebrated what God has done and is going to do throughout our convention.
Convention leaders, associational missionaries, pastors and laymen all began praying a year in advance that God would do a new work in our lives. Prayer was also a primary feature during each convention session. God heard our prayers and we felt His sweet presence among us as we cried out before Him. Following our time together, many messengers told me that God had brought revival to their hearts.
Now that the convention is over, the question is, “Where do we go from here?” The answer to this question is twofold. First, spiritual renewal is not a onetime fix. Continuing to cry out to God for renewal is critical. We must humbly walk with Christ each day. When we have a relationship with Him that is vibrant and growing, we will be able to fan the flames of spiritual renewal in our churches and across our convention.
Second, we must urgently pray for a spiritual awakening in our nation. An awakening occurs when God’s Spirit moves among nonbelievers and large numbers of them yield their lives to Christ. The last great move of God in America happened around 100 years ago. Will you join me in praying for another great spiritual awakening in our day?
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has written an e-book entitled Pleading with Southern Baptists. This brief book is an excellent resource. I encourage you to read it and begin to pray for a spiritual awakening. You can download a free copy from ronniefloyd.com or pray4awakening.com.
Throughout the coming year, my aim is to emphasize spiritual awakening. With this in mind, I have begun to plan for Awaken 2015, our annual convention meeting. This meeting will be held November 9-10, 2015, at Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta.
In the months ahead, I will be traveling across our state calling Georgia Baptists to cry out to God in confession and repentance. As we continue to experience spiritual renewal, perhaps God will use us to light the way for a spiritual awakening among the 7 million lost people in our state. Please join me in praying for the next great move of God to happen during our lifetime.
Crying Out Together,
Tabernacle Baptist Church
Georgia Baptist Convention
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