First Baptist Church, Morrilton, will hold an event called “Revive” March 15-18.
Senior Pastor Jeff Estes said that following the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in June, God began using what Estes experienced at the Pastors’ Conference, which was held directly before the annual meeting, to speak to him about calling First Baptist to an “extended time of prayer and calling out to God to change us, our church, and our community.”
So he started praying about having a time to join together to hear God’s Word, pray and worship.
He said he wanted it to be not just a series of meetings focused on community evangelism, but a way to call his “church to gather as a family and hear from God about what needs to happen in our individual lives, as well as our corporate life together in order to see Him fall in power on our church, community and nation.”
The church has held a time of prayer and fasting leading up to the Revive event.
“We can’t cause revival to happen, but we can do everything God has called us to do so that we will not be a hindrance to it,” Estes said. “I am praying that Revive will not be the climax of the last several months of prayer and fasting, but a launching of our church into an extended time of seeking the manifest presence of God, a launching of our church into all-out devotion to Christ and to one another, a launching of our church into an aggressive time of pursuing the lost with the gospel and a launching of our church into being a catalyst for revival and spiritual awakening in our community and our state.”
He said the church’s time of prayer and fasting has been a way to show God they are “serious and desperate for real revival.”
“May FBC, Morrilton, never be dependent on programs, methods or anything that man can come up with in order to try and reach people with the gospel ever again. May we realize and grasp that only through the power of the Holy Spirit can we take the gospel around the world and see people respond,” Estes said. “Man’s methods are useless unless they are anointed and fueled by His Holy Spirit!”
Brad Morgan, student and discipleship pastor at First Baptist, noted that Revive is open to “anyone who wants to come,” regardless of whether or not they attend First Baptist.
During the Revive event, revivalist Tommy Vinson will preach Sunday, March 15, at 10:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. J.D. “Sonny” Tucker, Arkansas Baptist State Convention executive director, will preach at 6:30 p.m. March 16; New Orleans Pastor Fred Luter, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, will speak at 6:30 p.m. March 17, and Jason Curry, next generation ministries pastor at The Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock, will preach at 6:30 p.m. March 18. Jeff Stotts, worship pastor for Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, will lead worship. A free meal will be provided at 5 p.m. March 16-18.