July 6, 2014

The Only Chance for America

Pastor: Shannon Ford Topic: Spiritual Renewal Scripture: Psalm 51

The Only Chance for America
Psalm 51

The only hope for America is the life-changing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to invade the church like never before.

It is the mission of the church to:
declare and demonstrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to unchurched and lost worlddevelop and disciple followers of Jesus Christ

State of the American Church
Over 4000 churches are closing their doors annually.Over 1500 pastors leave the ministry every month.Over 3,500 people leave the church every day.Since 1950, there are a third fewer churches in America.Over 50 million Americans have their spiritual experience solely through the Internet, rather than at a church.Only 2% of Christian churchgoers share their faith with others.60% of young people will leave the church permanently or for an extended period starting at age 15.Only 12% of born-again Christians tithe their income.Last year, half of all evangelical churches failed to add 1 person to their church.Only 1 out of 10 pastors who attend seminary will retire in any type of vocational ministry.

If revival depended on me–my prayers, my faith, and my obedience–would America ever experience revival? Del Feshsenfeld Jr.

We need the almighty, all-encompassing, life-changing, course-correcting power of God to invade our nation, reviving believers and awakening the lost.

4 Steps for Spiritual Renewal

  1. Remember your desperate need for God. (51:1-4) Cry out to GodConfess your sin to God
  2. Realize your sins diminish your devotion to God. (51:5-9) Sin defiles the heartSin damages the fellowship
  3. Rely on the Holy Spirit to equip you for Christian living. (51:10-12) The Holy Spirit cleanses usThe Holy Spirit changes usThe Holy Spirit controls us.
  4. Renew your commitment to serving others. (51:13-17) Exposit the Scriptures (Tell)Exalt the Savior (Worship)Embrace the Spirit (Sacrificial Living)

Questions for Spiritual Renewal

  1. Do I pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal any unconfessed sin in my life each day?
  2. Do I spend quality time in God’s Word and prayer every day?
  3. Do I praise and give thanks to God continually and in all ways on all days, regardless of my circumstances?
  4. Do I have anything that is master to me other than the Lord Jesus Christ?
  5. Do I seek to share Christ daily as a way of life?
  6. Will I make it a priority to live a holy, godly life of obedience and faith each day?

It is time to stop criticizing America; it’s time for us to sit down in the presence of God and each other and weep. (Paul A. Cedar)