Don’t Grow Discouraged

Last year, I issued a challenge to you. We have called the challenge “Do Something.”  The Biblical basis for the challenge comes from Titus 3:14—“And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works for cases of urgent need, so that they will not be unfruitful. (Titus 3:14 HCSB) Or, as the NIV renders it, “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.” (Titus 3:14 NIV)

We said about this verse: “Doing something is the call of the Gospel, especially when focused on critical needs, and our doing something always counts and costs.”

With many of you starting your commitment or trying to figure out how to begin, I want to offer you some encouragement today. It may not sound like encouragement in the beginning, but hang in there just a moment.

You see, the greatest challenge is that you are going to grow weary, grow tired of doing. You want proof? You are the greatest proof. The past attempts to do something new offer the proof that this is not going to be easy.

So, where’s the encouragement, right? Here it is. 2 Thessalonians 3:13!

Brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.

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What’s Happening at FBC this Week? 

As I said last week, we are putting our series on “Defining Moments” on hold. We will return to that series on Easter Sunday. God has blessed and spoken to us through our look at these defining moments, and so I look forward to returning to that theme on Easter Sunday.

However, as I considered this year of preaching, I answered the challenge of preaching on the theme of revival. In our “Do Something” Conversations of last year, it was obvious that there is a strong yearning among many in our church for something of a series of meetings often called “revival.” I am actively working on that now, have a number of calls out to prospective partners in leading us in this time, and hope to be able to announce those plans to you relatively soon when all the pieces fall into place.

In the meanwhile, I do want us to give thought to revival and spiritual awakening. There is no greater need in America today than a revival or spiritual awakening that shakes us and changes us. We have been praying to that end for some while and will continue.

So, over the next weeks I want to help us to think about revival. Sunday, we will think about revival coming through “Radical Dependence.” I encourage you to read Psalm 42 several times before you come Sunday.

In subsequent weeks we will consider

  • March 8               Revive us, Oh Lord: Through Radical Prayer
  • March 15             Revive us, Oh Lord: Through a Radical Return to the Bible
  • March 22             Revive us, Oh Lord: Through Radical Repentance
  • March 29             Revive us, Oh Lord: Through Radical Evangelism

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The Month of March Will Be Devoted to Preaching on Revival

I have written here before about five requests that Ronnie Floyd, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, has made regarding praying for revival and spiritual awakening. One of those requests is to preach for one month on some aspect of revival. I will be doing this for the five Sundays of March.

  • March 1               Revive us, Oh Lord: Through Radical Dependence
  • March 8               Revive us, Oh Lord: Through Radical Prayer
  • March 15             Revive us, Oh Lord: Through a Radical Return to the Bible
  • March 22             Revive us, Oh Lord: Through Radical Repentance
  • March 29             Revive us, Oh Lord: Through Radical Evangelism

Pray for us, and if you are preacher, please consider doing something similar.

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