February 24th, 2023

Romans 15:4-6 CSBFor whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures. Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one mind and one voice.

Over the last week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the revival that was sparked at Asbury. Growing up in the Pentecostal Church of God (Cleveland, TN), the word “revival” often alluded to things like long services in tents, a guest preacher that yelled a lot, and a communal meal after the service. Emphasis was put on spiritual renewal and confession of sins, but little else. After watching a few of the Asbury services, I’m seeing something completely different; something that has changed my perspective on what revival means. I’m seeing people coming together in communal worship of God, if only for the joy of worshiping our creator. I’m seeing people fellowshipping with strangers, sharing their lives with each other, with their only commonality being that they are brothers and sisters in Christ. Sure, there’s still spiritual renewal and confession of sins, but what Asbury is showing us is that there is so much more to how the Holy Spirit is moving. I think it gives us a small glimpse of what the Day of Pentecost was like for the people that were there. It’s really quite amazing. If there is a theme to what is happening at Asbury, it’s this… Unity. Brothers and Sisters in Christ are being bonded together like we haven’t seen in a long time and it’s creating an outpouring of boldness among them to spread the good news of Christ. That should be an encouragement to everyone because it shows that the power of God is still alive and active and powerful.