revival

Last week I had the wonderful privilege of preaching a revival meeting at the Prairie Grove Baptist Church just outside of Mexia Texas. We had a wonderful time in God’s Word and the fellowship between the people of God was simply OUTSTANDING! The good people of PGBC are what I refer to as “salt of the Earth” baptist folk. They simply love God, love their church and love each other! They meet in a simple church building that has through the years seen folks saved, married, buried and blessed. They have lived life together, loved each other, cried together and learned to walk with Jesus…again, together. In the past 40 years or so they have only had two pastors. Their current Pastor, Bro Clifton Jones, who is my pastor and the man whom I surrendered to the ministry under, has been their pastor for some 17 years. You will not read about this church in recent church growth journals nor will you probably hear their pastor on the latest and greatest preaching conference platform, however I will tell you they are on to something at PGBC. You see, what we experienced during the week of revival meeting was not massive amounts of ‘decisions’ or experiential emotional demonstrations. We were not led into the so called magic of modern worship. In fact, what we experienced in worship led by Ronnie Warren and his wife Mary Lou, was the simple songs of our faith. What was our experience was simply the joy of Gods people meeting together, singing together, praying together and seeking Him…together. We experienced I believe the greatness of His love and His Word preached and taught. We laughed a lot, poked fun at each other a little, cried some and rejoiced much! We ate a lot of food, shared our meals together and complained just enough about the state of our world that we were clearly operating as baptists! The main thing is we experienced the presence of the Lord in the simple things of our fellowship together. I rather suspect this is what these folks share every week at PGBC. The joy that is in the journey of following Christ down the broken road of life. One dear parishioner stated at the end of the week that they were not so sure about revival but they were absolutely sure that they had a celebration! AMEN! I was blessed to be a part of this week. I am a better Christian and Pastor because of the ministry of the PGBC and her people. Isn’t that what revival is about? God’s people being refreshed and renewed in their walk with Him. The writer of the book of Acts stated it this way in regards to the early church. 

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

(Acts 2:42-47 ESV)

I am pretty sure that is what we experienced at PGBC! That my friend is revival…any way you cut it!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rick on March 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks, Bro. Jack! We are still experiencing the celebration of living with God’s love for us daily. And thank you for the experience of knowing your family and for your wonderful messages from God. Everyone who attended the revival is still talking about God’s word through you, Ronnie and Mary Lou. We are privileged to become a part of your family of Christian believers. As we pray for you and your ministry, know that we are forever thankful for your beginnings with our pastor many years ago in Klute, TX. After all, without Bro. Clifton being where he was, and his being a part of your entering the ministry, none of us at PGBC would have ever heard your messages. God works in wonderful and mysterious ways, Amen?!!

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