LET’S GO BACK TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS IN
People are always talking about the good old days.
I have heard people say countless times that they wish that they could go back to the good old days. Well I like many of the
modern conveniences that we have now adays. But I do miss the church of old. I so long to see and be a part of a church that
is respected, right, real, and ready. I long to see the church, the bride of Christ, in her glory, winning souls, changing
lives, even changing nations.
I read of a revival off the coast of Scotland in which a preacher by
the name of Duncan Campbell came to that little island to preach a revival meeting. He arrived on Saturday night. When he
got off the ferry, he was met by the pastor who asked him if he would go by the church to meet a few folks. When he got to
the church, it was full and running over. He was asked to say a few words and pray. When he had finishing praying, one after
another began to pray, begging God for forgiveness and revival. They left after 2 AM. The next day, people can from all over
the island to get saved. A part many people do not know about is this: there were two bedridden women who wanted revival for
their island had been praying for years for this
If you want to study revival in the Bible,
you will have to go the Old Testament. From the time of Christ’s birth until John penned the words in Rev. 22:21, you
will find only 90 years. But there is almost 4,000 years of history in the Old Testament. You will find really a correct picture
of revival there. You find Israel sinning against the Lord. God judges this nation by allowing countries to oppress her. The
nation of Israel would repent of their sin and cry aloud to the One who could and would be able to deliver them. They would
come back to Him. For a while, they would follow His commandments. To illustrate this point, I want you to turn to (Psa.
The church of the old days was better because
I. THE CHURCH WAS RESPECTED . Why? Because the church had
1. A testimony.
Her testimony was in her,
2. A torch.
A. The Word of
1. A man would go to church and heard the Word of God. He would
go home and turn off the lamp, go to bed. He would be
and hear the sounds of the cows, owls and other animals.
would speak to his heart. Today, a man can hear a good
message and be under conviction during the service. if he
lost, he goes home and turns on the television . And
conviction that is burning in his heart.
3. A touch of God
A. The first church
prayed for ten days, preached ten minutes and saw
3,000 saved in one service. Today we preach for ten days,
and wonder if anyone would get saved. That touch was
II. THE CHURCH WAS RIGHT.
1. The Right Doctrine (Eph. 2:8-9) (John 14:6) (Rom. 10:9.10,13)
2. The Right Blood. (Rom.
3. The Right Hope. (Titus
4. The Right Direction. (1
A. The main thing
is to keep the main thing the main thing
1. Music and singing are not the main thing.
Church activities are not the main thing.
Preaching is the main thing (ICort.1:21)
5. The Right Desire
III. THE CHURCH WAS REAL. (2 Tim 3:1-5)
1. The church has been reduced to a social club
like the Lions Club etc.
2. The Preachers were real.
A. They really
cared for the souls of men instead just caring just for a
pulpit, parsonage, pay check, and pension.
B. When he would
come to the hardware store, people would stop their
cussing and telling dirty jokes because they this was
the man of God.
they want to get the preacher to join in with their dirty
3. The People were real.
A. Their tongue
matched their religion.
B. Their business
dealings matched their religion.
C. Their families
matched their religion.
4. Power of God was real.
A. They did not
have to fake or put on a show about the power of God
The power of God was really there.
5. Prayer life was real.
A. When someone told
you that they were going to pray for you, you
could bank on
6. Professions were real.
A. When a person made
an profession of faith, you did not have to beg
or her to come to church.
B. Now someone says he/she
gets saved and nothing changes. No desire
God, no disturbance over sin in their live
and no time for God.
1. Maybe we need to remember (Heb.10:25) (Rom. 2:11)
7. Praises were real. (Psa.
A. When was the
last time that the Lord got so good that you could not
it in until you had to tell someone or you fell on your
told Him those things that He loves to hear from us-
those praises that
He so richly deserves.
IV. THE CHURCH WAS READY.
1. Ready to work (John 9:4)
2. Ready to witness (Acts
3.Rready to worship (1
Chronicles 16:29) “
4. Ready for warfare (2
A. There is a
battle out there.
When I was little we used to play church. We'd get the chairs
into rows, fight over who'd be preacher, vigorously lead the hymn singing, and generally have a great carnal time.
The aggressive kids naturally wanted to be up front, directing
or preaching. The quieter ones were content to sit and be entertained by the up-fronters.
Occasionally we'd get mesmerized by a true sensationalistic
crowd- swayer -- like the girl who said, "Boo! I'm the Holy Ghost!" But in general, if the up-fronters were pretty good they
could hold their audience quite a while. If they weren't so good, eventually the kids would drift off to play something else
-- like jump rope or jacks.
Now that generation has grown up, but most of them haven't
changed too much. Every Sunday they still play church. They line up in rows for the entertainment. If it's pretty good, their
church may grow. If it's not too hot, eventually they'll drift off to play something else -- like yachting or wife swapping.
The church is not:
* An ark for the saving of a select few.
* A ferryboat to take effortless passengers to the shores
* A life insurance company, with no obligation on policy
holders except the payment of a small annual premium.
* A social set, welcoming certain people and excluding others
from its fellowship.
* A Sunday pleasure club for the providing of pleasant occupation
on the day of rest.
The church is:
* A lifeboat for the rescue of sin-wrecked and perishing
* A family, in which love and service are expected from each
member to each member.
* An organized community, with constant activities and continual
* A company of believers who have found the one way of life
and obey the one Lord of
* A union of those who love for the benefit of those who
* A center of social worship, in which the spiritual life
of each is helped by the spiritual
life of his fellow.
* The representative -- the "body" -- of Jesus Christ on
the earth, reflecting his spirit and
controlled by his will.