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Sunday Recap 9-19-10

Yeasterday was a great day @ The Ridge!  I was surprised by the good crowd at 9:30 gathering…with Fall Break this week, we weren’t sure what to expect…the 11:00 crowd was down, but overall it wasn’t bad attendance, all things considered. If you were one who wasn’t here, then you missed a special time!

I gotta give MAJOR props to Jeff Shropshire and Ross Weaver. These two men serve on our Operations team faithfully. They set up and break down every week. Yesterday, with many people out of town, they were the ONLY ones who showed up for the first couple of hours. Jeff Mullins came in later and helped too. Thanks to these three guys who set up everything by themselves! Y’all rock! However, that is unacceptable. We MUST have more help with the Operations team. Please contact Jeff Mullins or email us at info@churchattherridge.com or just show up early next Sunday if you can help. WE NEED MORE men, women, teenagers to help each week. This team is vital. Thanks to those of you who fatihfully serve on this team.

Sunday also was a special time of appreciation for our Hospitality and Host teams. Mrs. Debra Cox and Pam & Ashley Davis helped  put together a special breakfast for these folks to say thanks…the band and Ops teams also got to partake of it. Our volunteers @ The Ridge ROCK! You all are the one’s who “get it” when it comes to the vision and mission God has given us. Thanks for your faithfulness.

We saw two young people baptized at the end of our gatherings. It was a sweet time! We’ll be having baptism again next Sunday, if there are any that want to be baptized, you can sign up online and we’ll get in touch with you this week. OR…if you come next week, we’ll have everything ready for you to be baptized right there! No excuses!

The band rocked as usual…but they especially rocked out a version of Evanesence’ song “Bring Me To Life”. Wow! is all I can say about it. It fit well with the theme of our series. Major props guys!

We looked at the greatest revival in the history of Israel in 2 Kings 21-23 under King Josiah’s reign. We first looked at the prophecy that foretold this revival in 1 Kings 13, 200 years earlier, then we read this incredible story together. I just decided to, for the most part,  simply read through the story because it is so compelling. Then I shared some keys and a pattern of revival that we saw through this story that are relevant for us today. Hereis the pattern that we see in Josiah’s revival and the keys that we need to apply to our lives and to the church if we are to see a revival on a national scale as Josiah led:

  • What God says God does 1 Kings 1; 2 Kings 23:26-37
  • Seek God … salvation  2 Chronicles 34:1-3
  • Return to God’s Word as the basis and foundation of our lives. 2 Kings 22:8-11; 23:1-2
  • Repentance While Josiah “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” he still reigned18 years without God’s law as preeminent  in his life or his kingdom. He was seeking God, however, there was evil influence all around him in the land. While Josiah was seeking the Lord, the people weren’t. But when he made some hard choices of repentance the people followed suit. 2 Kings 23:3
  • Prayer 2 Kings 22:13, 19; 2 Chronicles 34:3
  • Humility & Brokenness 2 Kings 22:19
  • Remember the promises & commands of God 2 Kings 23:21
  • Remove the idols  2 Kings 23  Finally he removed the idols. It is sad that there were idols INSIDE the Temple that had to be removed. What are the idols inside the church body today that must be removed? We have idols that we are worshiping…placing value on..over and above God…what is it that is taking priority over your relationship with God? …your obedience to God? …keeping you from being reformed into the likeness of Christ?

When we, the church of Jesus Christ, get serious about these keys, this process of revival, we’ll see God do things beyond our imagination in our midst. I pray it doesn’t take 200 years for this to be fulfilled as it did witht he prophecy about Josiah in 1 Kings 13, but I pray that God would move in us and through us now. If he does, I believe we will see a nation shaken! But it has to begin in me and in you…will you do as young Josiah did, and seek the Lord? Will you cry out to Him for revival in YOUR life first, then in His church and our nation?

Scripture says that,  “Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.” (2 Kings 23:25) I pray for that kind of leaders in our churches and in our country. I pray for those kind of Christ followers who would seek God like never before.

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
       that the mountains would tremble before you!
(Isaiah 64:1)

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