Revival: Sunday Musings - It is difficult to find the proper words to describe the totality of what took place yesterday at Tucson Baptist Temple. Our church prayed fervently, fasted, prepared and arrived with an expectancy that was unmistakable yesterday morning. Eleven souls saved in the morning service and three saved in children’s church almost seemed surreal. We “expected” the Lord to do something and when He did we were like, “WOW!”
Upon our return Sunday evening, I stood in amazement as I watched our members (and many visitors) file into our auditorium. Our attendance was nothing short of spectacular. The “air of expectancy” came with you and was realized as each handshake, comment, hug, and conversation took place prior to the service. And then, in walks Derek and his family. Of course, those who were in the morning service remember that Derek walked the aisle and trusted Christ. His glorious conversion was readily apparent! Now he was back with his family. As soon as the first chord was played and you began to sing we immediately knew that it was going to be a special service. The choir (completely packed with no empty spots), quartet, and solo by Shelby were dynamic!
As Evangelist Samms graced the pulpit and began to preach to us regarding the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15 we soon realized that this message was not the typical version we have heard all of our lives. We soon learned that the elder son had some real issues: The older brother was unforgiving, unbroken, and unthankful. Evangelist Samms direct correlation to our own lives was astounding! We can stop revival when we are unforgiving, unbroken, and unthankful. Invitation time brought another flood of people (much, much larger than the AM Worship Service) to the altar. Families praying together, friends praying with friends, pastors praying with those with heavy burdens, rededications, people getting right with each other, and even candidates for baptism, all melded together as a collective family, was something to behold. God is so awesome and He is reviving His church!
Following the service, a beautiful young couple, Jesus and Cynthia asked to talk with Evangelist Samms. This couple had been invited to our service by one of our newer families. After several minutes, Evangelist Samms had the glorious privilege of leading both Jesus and Cynthia to the Lord. It was fabulous to speak to this couple following their conversion.
Folks, the buzz in the lobby and hallways following the service does not lie… if you were present last night it was something you will remember. If you were unable to be at church last night you need to talk with someone that was present to hear of what our great God is doing at your church.
Tonight… what will God do? Will more be saved tonight? What will he preach on? Who will bring the most visitors? How many will pack their pew? How many Bibles will we give out tonight?
I can hardly wait!