Archive for February, 2014
On Sunday morning, October 13, 2013, I led our entire Cross Church Family in a prayer meeting. I believed it was time to issue a call to the Cross Church Family for spiritual revival in the church and spiritual awakening in America.
Why dedicate an entire Sunday morning service to a prayer meeting? I felt God leading me to alert our Cross Church family of the need for spiritual revival and awakening in America. I lead them through a spiritual process that was both personal and sequential, and then sent our church out with a burden for revival and a hope for the future. Revival is the manifestation of the presence of God in our lives. Revival begins with me. Revival begins with you.
A Personal Conviction
I have a personal conviction about why we pray for revival and awakening. Personally, I believe we need to pray for personal revival, revival in the church, and awakening in the nation, so that we can see the Great Commission of Jesus Christ escalated and accelerated to completion in our generation. I am compelled to call the church to revival and the country to be awakened spiritually, so that we can see the completion of the Great Commission in our generation.
Word-Based, Spirit-Led, and Worshipful
We focused solely on praying, and everything we did was based upon the Word of God. I took the Word of God, read it, taught it briefly, and then led our people to respond to God through prayer. Throughout the worship experience of teaching and prayer, we expressed various moments through songs of worship.
Prayer Times Built Upon Biblical Principles
I taught through five specific principles, spending four to six minutes on each.
- A Vision for Revival in the Church and Awakening in the Nation
- The Exceeding Sinfulness of our Sin
- Cleansing and Renewal
- Fully Surrendering to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and Experiencing the Fullness of the Holy Spirit
- Advancing the Gospel Everywhere
After each principle was taught from God’s Word, we moved to prayer. We prayed silently, we prayed together, we prayed on our knees, we prayed standing, and we prayed at the altar. My desire was to lead by the Spirit’s direction; built upon the Word of God, responding to God through prayer, and expressed through worship.
It was a Wonderful Experience
Without a doubt, the entire service was a wonderful experience. Lay people and pastors want to pray. Those who do not know how to pray want to learn to pray effectively. As spiritual leaders, we need to create a pathway for them. It was a highly memorable day for many, and life changing for some.
Just imagine what would happen in America if every church spent an entire Sunday morning worship service focused on prayer for revival in the church and awakening in America? Just imagine what would happen if each of those services led toward praying about advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ regionally, nationally, and internationally, calling upon the church to rise up and complete the Great Commission in our generation?
I am convinced that every great movement of God is preceded by the extraordinary prayer of God’s people. Now is the time we rise up as the church of Jesus Christ and elevate prayer in our churches. If we are not careful, we will reduce prayer in local church worship services to routine and less important than announcements.
Jonathan Edwards said it This Way
Jonathan Edwards, the man God used as the catalyst for the 1st Great Awakening said,
“So it is God’s will that the prayers of His saints shall be great and the principal means of carrying on the designs of Christ’s Kingdom in the world. When God has something to accomplish for His church, it is with His will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayer of His people.”
Oh friend, just imagine, if every church in America turned just one entire worship service into a prayer service, calling upon the God of Heaven to bring revival into our lives personally, in His church, and awakening in our nation, so that we can see the Great Commission escalated and accelerated to completion in our generation.
Yours for the Great Commission,
Ronnie W. Floyd
This past Sunday, we announced the launch of our 5th Cross Church campus. Let me tell you the story.
Cross Church Neosho Launches Easter Sunday, April 20
A small fellowship of forty people in Neosho, Missouri, approached us about a year ago. They told us they had been live streaming the messages from Cross Church each week, from Dr. Nick Floyd or me. Some of the folks there had some association with Cross Church in the past. As they approached us to help their church, this led to them asking if they could become a part of Cross Church.
This moved the journey to a new level. After much discussion, research, and prayer, the decision was reached to re-launch this fellowship into a 5th Cross Church campus. This will be a very different model for us. Initially, there will be no full-time staff; it will be only part-time staff and volunteers with a video-venue preaching experience. We will pray, seek the Lord, and move with great intentionality to make a difference.
Please take the time to watch this announcement I made to our Cross Church campuses here as well as Neosho on Sunday morning. As you see on the video, we need your assistance for some one-day mission investments. We need:
- Construction teams to help renovate the building
- Outreach teams to help canvas neighborhoods
- Everyone to love our new church family
- Everyone to pray for our new campus
If you would like to ask questions, volunteer, or mobilize your small group to assist in some way with these pre-launch needs, please email Dr. Michael Shafer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been advertising our NWA Men’s Conference for the last month with great intentionality. If you haven’t registered, it is NOT too late. You can sign up here.
Do not miss the continuation of our #HelpMyFamily series this coming Sunday. If you missed this past Sunday, you can watch “Giving Your Kids The Best Chance To Win” right here.
Bring Someone With You Sunday!
Ronnie W. Floyd