Dear Logos Family,
“Will you not revive us again,
That your people may rejoice in you?” Psalm 85:6 (ESV)
We enjoyed Pastor Larry Jung’s visit last Sunday. He spoke to us from Psalm 85:6….the pleading of the Psalmist to revive the people of Israel.
The context of this psalm is difficult. Israel was captive in Babylon for seventy years, beginning in 586 B.C. God allowed the temple to be destroyed in Palestine, but He remained present with the Israelites throughout their captivity.
One of the principles we discussed over the weekend was the idea that VITALITY IS LOST OVER TIME. Whether you live in times of great wealth and prosperity or whether you live in times of need it seems to be a truism that spiritual vitality can be lost as we allow other things to move in front of our relationships with God.
Today in America the Church’s greatest problem is spiritual complacency. In Revelation 3 Laodicea is singled out as a church that enjoyed material prosperity but did not realize that they were “wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” (Rev 3:17) They were characterized as being “lukewarm” and thus of no benefit to the growth of God’s kingdom.
Larry asked us three probing questions:
· Is being a comfortable church what God wants?
· Does your church care about your community?
· If Jesus visited your church would he think it’s as good as you think it is?
Larry exhorted us to pray for our own personal revival and for the revival of our church. Revival begins with prayer.
I want to second that. Pray daily for your own personal renewal, that you will hunger and thirst for more of God in your life. And pray also for the vision team and the session as they continue to meet together and seek the Lord to draft a strategic plan of what the church will look like in the years ahead.
May the Lord transform us into a winsome witness for the growth of His kingdom on earth “as it is in heaven!