40 Days of Revival: Day 35

Day 35: February 9th, 2019 Acts 4:10-12 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead — by Him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”|Philippians 2:9-10

a heart of PRAISE

DECLARE JESUS

Prayer focus: Band - More Than This

We've all experienced seasons in life when we have felt that our life - perhaps due to relationships, work or finances - has become overly complicated. Thank God that we can call on the name of Jesus at these times! Unchanging and always present, Jesus' name can simplify life as we lift Him up as the focus of our praise.

Likewise, sharing our faith does not need to become complicated. The Holy Spirit convicts (John 16:17) and we are released to simply declare Jesus' name by sharing our story and show others that there is a Saviour who deeply loves them and has a plan and purpose for their lives.

Make a list of any challenges that you are currently facing. Beside each of them, write the name of Jesus. Begin to praise God, focusing on Jesus and declaring the power of His name over your situation.

40 Days of Revival: Day 34

Day 34: February 8th, 2019 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,|Acts 3:19

a heart of PRAISE

BE REFRESHED

Prayer focus: Healing of Brokenness

In Acts 3 we learn that a time of refreshing is the immediate comfort we can expect when we repent and accept Christ as our Saviour. Where does this sense of refreshing come from? It comes from being in the presence of the Lord; from His Holy Spirit. Our sins are wiped out and we receive a refreshing from the Lord? This is an incredible and incomprehensible exchange for our sin.

Does this mean we repent once and that sense of refreshing is always present? No. In our human nature, we want our actions to follow a genuine heart to change but we will fail. It is crucial for us to continually turn back to God, remember all that He has done for us, and hold onto the anchor of His hope.

One way we can do this is to praise God regardless of how we feel emotionally, by bringing what the book of Hebrews calls a 'sacrifice of praise' (Hebrews 13:15). As revivalist Thomas Charles of Bala, wrote in 1791 'those who have struck the deepest note of penitence can reach the highest note of praise.'

Take a moment to remember when you first met Jesus and the sense of 'refreshing' that came with finding joy in the Lord in the midst your circumstances, past failures and hurt.

40 Days of Revival: Day 33

Day 33: February 7th, 2019 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.|Matthew 5:14-16

the decision to make it PERSONAL

PERSONAL GIVING

Prayer focus: Decreased Distractions

A collective offering and a common cause has always been a powerful force on the earth for building unity and resource takes the church forward. There are numerous biblical examples of just this, ranging from the offering for the tabernacle in the wilderness (Exodus 35), to David's collection for the temple (1 Chronicles 22) right through to the early church (Acts 2:42).

When we gather together under the one name of Jesus, for His purposes, we can achieve so much more together than we ever could individually and we are even stronger than the sum of our individual parts.

As a church we are gathering to give collectively that which we have purposed in our heart privately, and set aside prayerfully. One such example of an offering was last year’s Bicentennial Missions Offering, which benefited missionaries across the globe.

Take a moment to commit this day to God personally. Pray also for your fellow believers in Christ, asking the offerings we have given to bless those in need and those striving for His kingdom throughout the world.

40 Days of Revival: Day 32

Day 32: February 6th, 2019 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.|Isaiah 58:9-11

the decision to make it PERSONAL

FORCE FOR CHANGE

Prayer focus: Freedom

As a church we are always committed to being an agent of God's justice upon the earth, bringing solution to the poor, needy and disenfranchised. We extend our efforts locally and globally to initiatives and projects that meet the needs of people practically and spiritually, choosing to work through the local church in any area as much as it is possible.

Let’s all strive to be a force for christ to the impoverished and disenfranchised, not only in our own community but throughout the globe.

40 Days of Revival: Day 31

Day 31: February 5th, 2019 But now for a brief moment favor has been shown by the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant and to give us a secure hold within His holy place, that our God may brighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our slavery. For we are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extended to us His steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection in Judea and Jerusalem.|Ezra 9:8-9

the decision to make it PERSONAL

A HEART FOR HIS HOUSE

Prayer focus: Rest

At First Baptist we are unashamedly passionate about the House of God. We are convinced that the Bible teaches that God uses the local church to both proclaim the good news of salvation through Jesus, and to establish His Kingdom, bringing righteousness and justice to the earth.

As members of the church we should strive to be involved in the body of Christs helping make Jesus'Name known and practically meeting the needs of those in desperate situations. Whether it’s by giving your time, money, or serving in a different way, God has called each of us to honor His house and make His name known.