As I continue to consider what God may be doing in and through this proposed merger between Coral Ridge and New City, I have been reading a lot on the whole subject of revival (not the Todd Bentley sort, but the Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield sort). I have found myself hoping that if this merger is in fact God’s will for both churches that it would be the instrument God would use to bring about genuine revival and reformation in South Florida and beyond. I’ve been praying that if this is the unfolding of God’s plan, that he would use it to pour out his Spirit in such a way that both churches would be mightily awakened to the power of the presence of God. In his book on revival, Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes, “Men and women, when they are truly awakened, begin to realise that there is nothing so serious as to be without the presence of God.” This is what I am praying for!
Just yesterday, my friend Justin Taylor pointed out this excellent quote from Francis Schaeffer’s essay “The Lord’s Work in the Lord’s Way”:
Often men have acted as though one has to choose between reformation and revival. Some call for reformation, others for revival, and they tend to look at each other with suspicion. But reformation and revival do not stand in contrast to one another; in fact, both words are related to the concept of restoration. Reformation speaks of a restoration to pure doctrine, revival of a restoration in the Christian’s life. Reformation speaks of a return to the teachings of Scripture, revival of a life brought into proper relationship to the Holy Spirit. The great moments in church history have come when these two restorations have occurred simultaneously. There cannot be true revival unless there has been reformation, and reformation is incomplete without revival. May we be those who know the reality of both reformation and revival, so that this poor dark world in which we live may have an exhibition of a portion of the church returned to both pure doctrine and a Spirit-filled life.
Would you join me in begging God for real and genuine reformation and revival? Why would we want to settle for anything less in our lifetime?