On November 3 we will begin our annual Awakening series with Dr. Reggie Weems from Heritage Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee. I have had several people ask why we call it an Awakening instead of a revival. I guess I have a leaning toward my studies in seminary of some of the revivals in our American history which we call awakenings remembering the likes of Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and Charles Finney just to name a few. But there is more to it than that. My understanding of revival is a bit different than the classic view we hold in Baptist circles where you call in an excellent evangelist, you hold prayer meetings, the speaker comes in, hopefully a few people get saved and everyone goes home. In my view that is disappointing, not to downplay someone receiving Christ. However, revival is something that should take place in the hearts of believers where their evangelistic spirit and desire to reach the lost is revived creating a resurgence of spiritual awakening in the body of Christ; Thus the term Awakening. Last year Dr. Weems began the process with an excellent series on forgiveness that laid the groundwork for that Awakening and this year we have invited he and his wife Teana back to tackle a new topic that will hopefully continue that movement at MBC. I pray if you are a member of Mechanicsville Church, a nearby resident, or possibly in the area during that week you will come and join us for this time of Awakening so your heart will be moved toward a greater desire to see the lost come to Christ. Our services will be November 3 at 10:55 AM and 7:00PM, then Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7:00PM.
Daniel 12:1-3 And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book. 2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. NKJV
Charlene and Pastor Ted