Posts Tagged ‘revival

16
Apr
12

6 years and counting…weekend reflections from The Ridge 4-15-12

Yesterday was our 6th Anniversary as a church @ The Ridge. In a lot of ways I cannot believe that it has been six years…in other ways it seems like a lot longer. God has been good to us and has blessed this community and many others around the state and the world through His church. I am certainly blessed to be allowed to pastor such a church. I believe God is doing some significant things in us as He grows us deeper. Disciples are developing, lives are being changed, people are being made over into the likeness fo Jesus, souls are being saved, and a generation yet to be born is being impacted because of what God is doing in families. What a privilege it is to be a part of His work.

Yesterday we had a great worship time as we kicked off a new series called Life Is A Highway. We are continuing to seek God for revival and awakening. I pray that we will all humbly come before Him, hungry, broken and surrendered. We looked at Isaiah 35 and the Highway Of Holiness described there. We determined that those who walk this Highway are first hungry and second humble. They hunger and thirst for righteousness and they come befor the cross in humlity and brokenness. When we walk this highway, we are clean, full of the Spirit, in fellowship with Christ, living victoriously.

Yesterday I also introduced the church to a book that was written over 60 years ago, but is one that has had a profound impact on milllions of people, me included. Some of our small groups are using this book as a guide to study God’s Word in relationship to personal revival. This book is called The Calvary Road by Roy Hession. I was very excited to see many people pick up a copy at our resource center. You can get a copy HERE or if you have a Kindle it is available for free download. I would encourage all Ridgers to read this book during this teaching series. We are not teaching the book, but we will be exploring the principles laid out in it as we examine what revival is in God’s Word and what it looks like in our lives.

Another special part of our worship gathering and anniversary celebration yesterday was the installation of our first two Elders @ The Ridge. When the Church @ The Ridge was formed six years ago, we said, we wouldn’t have Elders until God sent us Elders. Well, it took a while, but God has affirmed two men to serve in this capacity @ The Ridge. I am so pleased to have these men serving alongside us privding wisdom and discernment as they help us seek God together for His vision and direction for His Church @ The Ridge. Mike pinkerton and Darrell Galloway have agreed to serve in this capacity. These men ahve been vetted according to God’s Word and the qualifiacations for Elder that we find in We will be adding more Elders in the future as God directs, but for now  these men will be laying groundwork for future elders. Please pray for them as they seek God with us. They will provide, wisdom, direction, vision, discernment, accountability and encouragement for the pastor and staff. I will be giving a profile of each of them in a later post.

Last evening, we had a chance to celebrate together as a community of faith with The Ridge Family Picnic. It was a great time of eating, playing, hanging out with one another.

I believe that God has some HUGE things on the horizon @ The Ridge!  The opportunity for us to “impact another generation for the glory of God by changing people’s perspective” has never been greater…nor mor urgent. May we be diligent in prayer, faithfulness, obedience as we join God is His work around us!

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30
Sep
10

a late weekend recap from 9-26-10

Well, we finished our “AWAKE!” series ths past Sunday…and it was a great gathering! If you missed it, you missed a special service. We worshipped through song, through communion, prayer and the Word. It was a great day! If you missed any of this series, you missed an awesome time of study and focus and prayer on revival and awakening. I would strongly encourage all of you to pick up some CDs this Sunday or download the podcasts HERE. God has been speaking loud and clear about areas in our lives where we need revival, repentance, regeneration, and reformation. I believe that the church is poised for revival in this mnation and that we may be on the verge of another great awakening in this country. God has done it before and He can do it again! Lord would you bring revival to Your church?

As we have been praying for revival, one of the things we did was to pray through Isaiah 64. Take some time today and pray this scripture back to God…asking Him to revive YOUR heart first, then His people.

 1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!

 2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies
       and cause the nations to quake before you!

 3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.

 4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you,
       who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.

 5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways.
       But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved?

 6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
       we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

 7 No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you;
       for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins.

 8 Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

 9 Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD; do not remember our sins forever.
       Oh, look upon us, we pray, for we are all your people.

 10 Your sacred cities have become a desert; even Zion is a desert, Jerusalem a desolation.

 11 Our holy and glorious temple, where our fathers praised you, has been burned with fire,
       and all that we treasured lies in ruins.

 12 After all this, O LORD, will you hold yourself back? Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?

20
Sep
10

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)

19
Aug
10

Awake!

This Sunday @ The Ridge we begin a new series as we kick off our fall season. Yeah I know its a couple of weeks after school has started, but I really have trouble saying “fall” when it’s 95 degrees! Even though August 22 isn’t fall yetr either…it is a little closer. 🙂 All our RidgeKidz will be moving up this Sunday to their new age-groupings. Connection Nite will be next Sunday August 29 at 6PM as we get ready for our new semester of Groups @ The Ridge. Sign up for that this week.

We begin a new series this Sunday called “Awake”.

Are you asleep? Some of us might wish we were. But are you sleeping spiritually? What will it take for the Church to awaken? We are in desperate need in our nation and in the Church today for a fresh encounter with God…an awakening…a true revival of the church. What does that even mean? How does that happen? What does that look like today?

In this series, we will be exploring some core principles about our faith. We’ll be looking at what God wants to do in our hearts…awakening His Church to the need for revival and awakening a lost world to their need for Him. I believe with all my heart that this may be the most inportant series we have ever done @ The Ridge. I believe that God has something incredibly important for His Church. Whatever you do…DO NOT miss any of the next 5 weeks. Make a commitment now to be here, no matter what. I promise you will not regret it.

Whatever it takes, be here. It’s time to “Awake!”

05
Feb
10

What are you praying for the church?

If we are to see a movement of God in our generation, it will begin with prayer. What is it that we as church leaders are praying for the church? How, exactly, should we pray for revival in the church? Maybe Psalm 85:1-6 is a good place for us to start:

1 You showed favor to your land, O LORD;
       you restored the fortunes of Jacob. 2 You forgave the iniquity of your people
       and covered all their sins.
       Selah

 3 You set aside all your wrath
       and turned from your fierce anger.

 4 Restore us again, O God our Savior,
       and put away your displeasure toward us.

 5 Will you be angry with us forever?
       Will you prolong your anger through all generations?

 6 Will you not revive us again,
       that your people may rejoice in you?

Can God do again what He did in generations past…bringing revival to the church and spiritual awakening to this nation that would become a global movement? Absolutely! he’s done it before, He can do it again. Pray that God would indwell our churches and fill us afresh with His Spirit. May he take each of us this Sunday in our church gatherings and shake us. May we experience His presence in a fresh way. May we never be the same.

Is that your prayer for your church? I think most of us, if we are honest, are afraid of what that might look like. I know I am, but I still want to pray it anyway.

If it’s gonna happen, it will start with prayer. What are you praying for your church, pastor? More people? More money? Buildings? New programs? Or brokeness and revival.




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