September 10, 1971 from church newsletter
OUR PRAYER – A SECOND TOUCH
For several weeks we’ve been praying that God would give us a “second touch,” a new wave of Revival that would make the last year and a half seem “dull and monotonous.” The week before Labor Day we felt “God was up to something.” One family cancelled a Labor Day trip to be in the services Sunday because they felt something was gong to happen. And He didn’t disappoint us! Without any doubt, it was one of the most Spirit-empowered services ever and we Praise Him for those who were saved and those who affirmed the Lordship of Jesus in their lives. AND THE BEST IS YET TO COME! God has only begun to work in our lives.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will finish it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:6
THE DEEPER LIFE VERSUS EVANGELISM
More than one preacher has warned me of emphasizing the “Abundant Life.” It kills, they claim, the people’s incentive for witnessing. They cited several churches as examples. But…
If the DEEPER LIFE doesn’t result in EVANGELISM it isn’t the DEEPER LIFE.
The Deeper Life or the Abundant Life or whatever tag you give it, it is the Spirit-Filled Life and in John 7, Jesus said the Spirit’s fullness will produce ‘RIVERS OF LIVING WATER” that FLOW OUT OF US!
If there is no outflow there is no in filling.
If all you do is soak it up without squeezing it out, you’re soaking up the wrong thing.
The mighty surge of witnessing among our members proves they have “the real thing”. Three of those saved last Sunday morning were witnessed to outside the four walls of this church.
I thank God daily for the many who have discovered the Abundant Life in Jesus and for the overflow that spills and splashes onto others.
Would you believe? One of our members just phoned to tell me about a woman who was saved yesterday through her witness. That’s what I am talking about! That’s squeezing out what you soaked up; that’s the result of the true Abundant Life.
©2003 Ron Dunn. Used by permission of LifeStyle Ministries. This article is copyrighted and is for your individual use. Reproduction for any other purpose is governed by copyright laws and is strictly prohibited. This material originally appeared in the MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church newsletter.