As I write this blog, 100 students and professors from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary are traveling to host churches in 37 states to preach 4-day revival services (March 8-11) and to evangelize the surrounding communities. For over fifty years students and professors have spent their spring break going across the U.S. to spark revivals. The result is over 14,000 professions of faith through Revive This Nation (RTN). Praise God for the salvation of so many!
Life circumstances prevent me from joining my brothers this year. Alas, I must live vicariously through them as I watch #rtn15 on Twitter over the next week. To be sure, the enemy does not like RTN. He will do whatever he can to discourage the deployed preachers: unexpected travel woes, sick family members back home, church sound system on the blitz, etc. To encourage my brothers, I provide this Tribute to RTN 2015 Preachers. My 100 brothers have been deployed for three reasons:
Preach the Word
They will proclaim the Word at least five times during the revival. In most cases this will be twice on Sunday, and once on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. For some of them this will be their first sermons. They are to be encouraged!
- They are well-prepared. Southwestern Seminary possesses an exemplary preaching faculty. Trained in theology and homiletics, the faculty has poured into them the foundations of expository, text-driven preaching.
- They have sought God as they prepared their sermons. They have confessed anything separating them from God and have bathed in the presence of Him, seeking to understand His Word and how to effectively proclaim it.
- A component of the Trinity – the Holy Spirit – dwells in them. They can be bold! Preach the Word!
Reach the World
- They are prepared to evangelize the community around each host church. Evangelism is part of the DNA of Southwestern Seminary.
- They will actively demonstrate that evangelism can be a regular practice in church members’ daily routines.
- They will share the Gospel!
Revive the Weary
- They will refresh the host church pastor. In many cases the pastors are tired, isolated, and personally under attack. In other instances the RTN preachers are their last resort to “rekindle” the church.
- They will speak life into the pastor. Pastors will see their excitement about God’s Word! Pastors will be reminded why the RTN preachers are Southwesterners.
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? Romans 10:14 (NASB)
Join me in praying for the RTN preachers! A detailed prayer list is available.