Revival Blog 80
For those who may not be aware, I have been a bi-vocational Pastor for over 30 years and on June 29, 2018, I formally retired from secular work (not God’s work). Everyone wanted to know what I had planned as I will evidently have so much time on my hands! When I shared my real calling with my unsaved colleagues, I found on many occasions it brought a lively conversation to a very sharp halt!
My approach over the years working in secular employment was that I was paid to do the job for which I was hired and therefore my life (not my tongue) should be my witness of being a real born-again Christian. This blog does not allow me the space to share of how God miraculously gave me so many opportunities to share my faith and to be a prayer partner to the many who needed spiritual support. Therefore, as my first week as a man of leisure, I decided to start clearing out the voluminous documentation I had amassed going back over 10+ years that I kept just in case! My pursuit led me to a small article written by Pastor Jim Cymbala who is the Senior Pastor at the Brooklyn Tabernacle in Brooklyn, NY which was written approximately 3 years ago. Because of my distaste for gimmicks, personalities and worldly compromise in today’s churches, I felt this article was worth sharing:
“We had to have a visitation of the Holy Spirit or bust”. I haven’t been trained. All I know is that Carol and I are working in the middle of New York City with people dying on every side, overdosing from heroin, consumed by materialism, and all the rest. If the gospel is powerful…” I could not finish the sentence. Tears chocked me. Then quietly but forcefully, in words heard not with my ear but deep within my spirit, I sensed God speaking. If you and your wife will lead my people to pray and call upon my name, you will never lack for something fresh to preach. I will supply all the money that’s needed, both for the church and for your family, and you will never have a building large enough to contain the crowds I will send in response".
When God’s people get serious about prayer and they make it there #1 priority, then God unlocks the storehouses of heaven. We do not have to resort to engaging comedic preachers or tv personalities to fill our auditoriums for an evening of entertainment and fun, but a visitation of the Spirit will cause the impossible to become possible. The following statement is taken from the Brooklyn Tabernacle website:
The Brooklyn Tabernacle is a multicultural, non-denominational church in the heart of downtown Brooklyn. The church began with a handful of members in a small, rundown building in a difficult area of the city, and today it is a congregation of about ten thousand people who attend the weekly services. Pastor Jim Cymbala and his wife Carol, who directs the Grammy Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, have had the privilege to not only preach the gospel in the inner city, but also to see new churches grow out of the congregation in response to needs in other parts of the city and elsewhere in the country, as well as internationally. Because of its location, The Brooklyn Tabernacle has a unique open door to minister to the cross-cultural melting pot of New York City. The church itself includes members from all walks of life, and diverse ethnic and national origins. Central to the growth and outreach of The Brooklyn Tabernacle has been a strong emphasis on prayer, through the Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting and the Prayer Band, which is devoted to interceding for needs from around the world.
Therefore, just in case you feel this blog is all about promoting the Brooklyn Tabernacle, you would be so wrong. What I believe the Lord would have me to do is to provide an object lesson about a church in NY with a heart for God that is real world and happening today. Jen and I have visited the Brooklyn Tabernacle several times on a Sunday and also at their Tuesday night prayer meeting and there is no showmanship, no bravado, no personality worship, just the pure joy and presence of Almighty God. They have thousands turn up for their prayer meeting and I recall a Pastor once wrote in his church bulletin that their Prayer Meeting is the Powerhouse - Oh how true.
I sincerely and earnestly pray that there will be a 180-degree turnaround by born-again Christians from this day forward that we need to get back to basics and while it is wonderful raising our hands in praise, we also need to bow our knees in intercessory prayer. If only we would throw ourselves at the feet of Jesus in humility and brokenness of spirit and seek His will for our lives, our communities and our churches, then our nations would be transformed. There is no panacea for church growth because often man get’s the glory but it is seeking His Face with clean hearts without compromise if we are serious about true revival breaking forth across our lands.
Finally, for those who may be interested, each Sunday morning our morning service is shared on Face Book so simply type in Juniper Street Bible Church and the page will provide links to the services which have been broadcasted. Equally, you can visit www.juniperstreetbiblechurch.com and there is a link at the bottom of the “Home” page that will take you to Face Book.
A heartfelt thank you once again to all who faithfully intercede for revival. Pastor Martin McPherson. July 8, 2018.