Philadelphia Baptist Church

The Probability of Revival

The Probability of Revival
Sunday AM

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There have been many great revivals in history but
it has been many generations since America
particularly has seen a widespread revival. This
has led some to conclude that we will never again
see a great movement of God. After all, God says
that “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and
worse” so we cannot expect things to get any
better until Jesus comes.
I would like to challenge that thinking. I believe
what God says about evil men getting worse and
worse, but that does not negate Jesus’s promise
to build His church. Instead of despairing over
the condition of modern Christianity, we should
pray for and preach for the revival of God’s people
and have faith that Jesus is not finished building
His church.
There are many wonderful revival texts in the Bible.
“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may
rejoice in thee?” (Psalms 85:6) “O LORD, I have
heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive
thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of
the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.”
(Habakkuk 3:2)
But the revival passage that is most relevant to the
New Testament church is Revelation chapters two
and three. The passage is steeped in revival
language. Five of the seven churches were spiritually
unhealthy and Jesus warned them that their influence
would be removed if they did not repent. He also
promised blessings if they would repent and obey.
That is what the heart of revival is. Revival is when
God’s people repent of their sins and return to a
position of wholesale obedience to God. The effect
of revival is the increased influence of believers on
the lost results in the growth of the church through
the salvation of souls.
Revival is not only possible, it is probable. It is more
likely than not that it will happen because all it takes
if for Christians repent of their sin and recommit to
obeying God. That is what revival is.