When God shows up, cities are turned upside down. Over the last year, the pastors of Christ Fellowship have been preaching through the book of Acts and time after time we have seen God change cities. He has moved in power to transform the culture, heal broken souls, save the lost, build his church, and spread his fame to the ends of the earth.
The Spirit of God moves in Jerusalem and 3,000 souls are saved. The power of God is shown in Antioch when God builds a mult-ethnic church full of pagan people (Gentiles) who have trusted in Jesus. In Philippi, he saves people from the poorest slave girl to a Roman jailor. It’s in Ephesus that God frustrates the idol makers by changing the idolators hearts into Christ worshippers. Or in Berea were the people of the city search the Scriptures and believe in Jesus.
The Lord goes city by city as he turns the world upside down, and my question is “Why not Bowling Green?” Why could God not move in power among us?
Ray Ortlund shared on his blog the other day some thoughts from J I Packer’s book “God In our Midst.” Here is what he said happens when God brings revival:
1. Awareness of God’s presence: “The first and fundamental feature in renewal is the sense that God has drawn awesomely near in his holiness, mercy and might.”
2. Responsiveness to God’s Word: “The message of Scripture which previously was making only a superficial impact, if that, now searches its hearers and readers to the depth of their being.”
3. Sensitiveness to sin: “Consciences become tender and a profound humbling takes place.”
4. Liveliness in community: “Love and generosity, unity and joy, assurance and boldness, a spirit of praise and prayer, and a passion to reach out to win others, are recurring marks of renewed communities.”
5. Fruitfulness in testimony: “Christians proclaim by word and deed the power of the new life, souls are won, and a community conscience informed by Christian values emerges.”
So let us be fervent and pray for revival in our city. Let’s pray that the signs that we see above would be present in Bowling Green. For the glory of his name and for the joy of our city.