The old song says, “Revive us again, fill each heart with Thy love; may each soul be rekindled with fire from above. Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Hallelujah, amen! Hallelujah, Thine the glory! Revive us again!”
If you want to know what makes this church “tick” … those words say it best.
The “heartbeat” of this church is REVIVAL. Our perpetual prayer is that God will bring revival to His people here at Crossroads. No matter how many people came to worship last Sunday … no matter how many got saved … no matter how many great things happened … we get back on our knees every week and pray, “Revive us again!”
Revival is a lifestyle here at Crossroads, not an occasional occurrence of religious fervor and a flurry of increased activities and meetings. Some churches wait all year for their annual revival emphasis. And then, they pull out all the stops and give it their best.
We pray, plan and prepare for revival 52 weeks a year. We try to pull out all the stops and give God our absolute best every week. A church that desires to be a church of perpetual revival has to be willing to pay a higher price than the average church. We have to be willing to do more than is expected, go the second and third mile, work longer hours, make more sacrifices, put aside more personal preferences and give up more conveniences and comforts than others do.
We have to be willing to love more, study more, serve more, care more, pray more, listen more, forgive more, work more, share more, witness more, and give more. Sure, it’s hard work. Sure, it gets tiring from time to time. Sure, it costs a lot in terms of time, money and resources. Sure, it would be a whole lot easier to let up, back up, slow down, sit down, ease up, or even give up. But, I’d rather pay the price regardless of the cost, to have REVIVAL. Wouldn’t you?
Do you want to know the definition of a DEAD CHURCH? It’s simply a group of people who decided REVIVAL was too expensive, too tough, too time-consuming and too much trouble.
The last three years have been some of the best we’ve ever known. And the last few months have seen tremendous growth in every area of our church’s life. This past Sunday was spectacular! But, you know what I’ve been praying this week and even today? “REVIVE US AGAIN!”
I’m praying God will “fill each heart with His love.” That each soul will be “rekindled with fire from above.” Some need revival more than others. But ALL of us need REVIVAL!
Every time I start praying for revival … when I start thinking of all the things God still wants to do here … I can’t help but say … “Hallelujah! Thine the glory! REVIVE US AGAIN!”
There’s another old song about revival that really sums up what I’ve been trying to say. It goes like this: “Lord, send a revival …
… and let it begin with me!”
© 2015. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.