OK, for a long time I've been basically neglecting the site, the blog, and the board. I'm going to try not to from now on. It is a bit difficult because so far we haven't received much traffic at all; thus there's not much incentive to update and post new things. But, I guess, the more I work on this, the more I update it, the more I stick with it, and the more I get the word out, the more people are going to come to Extreme Revival. I pray that is the case.
This summer has been a hectic one for me, surprise surprise. Next week, from August 1-6, I'll finish it up by going to church camp in Talihina, Oklahoma. It's going to be fun, but I am grateful for this week of rest preceding it.
In some areas the drive for revival seems to be regressing (for our church), and in other areas it seems to be progressing well. After our Mission Trip to Memphis on July 11-16, those of our youth group that went came back with a renewed fire for evangelism. Which is awesome, in my opinion, because revival won't survive very long without evangelism.
No question, witnessing is a key ingredient to revival, but I've come to realize that we need to major on another crucial area: discipleship. Yes, it's awesome to go out and share the Gospel and see people come to Christ, but Christ doesn't just call us to evangelize, He also calls us to make disciples. Evangelism is just half the battle. We need to disciple the new converts, to equip them by giving them all the knowledge and wisdom they need to sustain the fire for Christ that has been planted in their souls.
In Matthew 28:19-20, commonly known as the Great Commission, Jesus told His disciples, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
When teaching these verses, we like to emphasize the word "go" in verse 19, but in fact, in the Greek, the emphasis is on the phrase "make disciples". Christ doesn't just want converts, He wants disciples, who can then go out and make more disciples. Discipleship is clearly, perhaps not THE key, but one of the main keys to seeing revival spread.