The church I pastor just completed a weekend Bible Meeting. I’m always hesitant to announce a meeting as a revival service. So many skewed ideas these days are connected with the term “revival”. Many seem to think that bringing in a certain evangelist with little knowledge of the Scripture will spark revival as long as his delivery (i.e. robust personality) makes up for it. Men stand in pulpits with Bible in hand but unopened. Emotional stories lead people to make professions of faith when the clear Gospel of Jesus wasn’t even preached. Such a notion of revival is a long way from Biblical. There was a time that such evangelists would have been viewed as charlatans. Today, they are heroes of the faith.
Todd Bryant is the Lead Elder at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Northport, AL. He has pastored there since 1998. For more more information on the church and links to audio sermons and apps for electronic devices, visit www.sovereigngrace.net