Debonnie Barnes

REVIVAL IS NOW: REVIVAL IN US

Debonnie Barnes

REVIVAL IS NOW:

Revival In Us

by Gabby Colson


Acts 2:42-47

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Two years ago, My City Church welcomed people into the Thompson Alumni Center with "Welcome Home" signs and warm coffee. We greeted every new face with a warm smile. We pulled chairs into the hallway for the over-abundance of people that came to hear what this new church was all about. That Sunday, people were awed by what a "church" could be.

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Church isn't just a place to come on Sunday mornings. Church isn't just a place to confess sins and take communion. Church isn't a place to come and fill your quota of Jesus for the week. The church isn't even a physical place. The church, my friends, is a body of people that come together to hear God's word and receive fellowship from one another. Church is getting together with people outside of a Sunday, sharing a meal, and praying over their lives.

This is what revival in us looks like. It looks like taking the time to send a text to a person who has been on your heart and getting coffee with them. Revival is not being afraid to share Jesus in your workplace. Revival is not being afraid to grow and be obedient with the dreams and aspirations that God has placed in your heart. Revival is now. Revival is us. Revival is the local church.

When we do what God has called the church to do, the Holy Spirit flows through us to others in our lives. He allows us to open up in generosity and miracles. We can do things as a church body that people would call "impossible" or "unbelievable". When we sow into the church, with joyfulness and wholeheartedness, God is faithful, and we reap generously. This is what our move to Westside Middle School and our Downtown Campus is. That is our reaping. The church was faithful in their generosity and service, and God has blessed us with the opportunity to grow His kingdom.

A church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners.
— Pauline Philips
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