Revival Weekend (Newsletter 11.29.17)

Dear Church Family,

Lord willing, this weekend we will host a revival weekend focusing around the appearing of God’s grace in the God-man, Jesus Christ. Titus 2:11-14 says, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

Did you notice the two references to appearances? God’s grace has already appeared to bring salvation to all people, but God’s glory is still yet to fully and finally appear. Jesus Christ is the embodiment of God’s grace and glory as the Savior of the world. Here we see the way of salvation has been open through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus for all those who will look to Him in faith. For those who are looking to Jesus in faith, Paul explains the impact their salvation has had and is having in their lives. Christ gave His life for His people in order to redeem us and purify us—and His work will be accomplished. As those who have our root in Christ, we will bear the good fruit of Christ. In fact, Paul says Christians are to be zealous for good works.

I say all this in order to say, each and every one of us needs this weekend. We need to be stirred up. We need to hear God’s Word afresh. We need to ask the Lord to teach and train us in righteousness. Of course, we long to see the lost saved—God help us to desire this more and more! Please pray for all those who will be in attendance and that the lost would have their eyes opened to the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please be mindful of how you can serve and bless our guests as they’re with us. But along with these, please humbly come with earnestness for change in your own life to the glory of God. Let’s plead with the Lord together that He might use this weekend and the preaching of His Word in a powerful way among all of us.

Gentry