THE REDISCOVERY OF REVIVAL

Experience is always such an important teacher. As a third generation evangelist, my training has come from "the old school". I remember countless times listening to my Dad, who himself held over 1100 revival crusades literally all over the earth, tell the stories of how they did it back then. Stories of how whole communities where shaken with the Gospel of Christ. He would tell how churches and families were transformed by the power of Christ. As I have reflected upon my own memories of watching hundreds come to faith in Christ amidst the smell of sawdust underneath a canopy of stars and canvas, I have come to the conclusion that we need a rediscovery of revival in this crisis hour in which we have been called. I believe that our philosophy and approach to revival evangelism has devolved into something far less than that which our fathers knew.

Our concepts of revival change as each new generation passes. As each new church and denominational leader sincerely prays, plans and develops new strategies to help our churches reach the most people for Christ, many times the understanding of where we have been and the lessons of our past become obscure. It is not only sensible to learn from our fathers who have served before us, but it is also scriptural. One of the characteristics of the greatest revival recorded in the Bible, we find in II Chron. 29:2. (Hezekiah) "Did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that His Father had done." It is my conviction that for the revival efforts of our day to be all that they should be the whole concept of "revival meeting" needs to be rediscovered in two areas. They are: 1) The Meaning of Revival and 2) The Length of Revival.

THE MEANING OF REVIVAL

Some few years ago I was invited to conduct a crusade in a country church west of McKinney, Texas. During the days of preparation the pastor called me into his office so we could pray together for God's blessings on the revival time scheduled. Before we prayed, Jerry asked, "Rob, what are we praying for when we ask God for revival?" With much candor he confessed, "I have been a pastor for several years. Before I was a pastor, I served as a deacon for several years. I was reared in a Baptist Church. Although I have been a part of many revival meetings, I don't think I have ever been a part of a real revival." It became apparent to me that what my pastor brother was saying is that although we have been diligent and somewhat proficient in having so-called "revival meetings," we have seldom seen and experienced real revival. I am convinced we have raised a whole generation of Christians who do not understand revival and the basic purpose of a revival meeting.

The word revival comes from a Latin term, "re-vivo". It literally means, "to live again". In 1983, my wife and I were invited to attend The International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists in Amsterdam, Holland. This conference sponsored by The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was the most unique event of its kind in the effort of world evangelization in the history of the church. It was so much like heaven, I wish you could have shared in those precious hours of study in evangelism. One of the great highlights for me was to meet the late great evangelist and historian, Dr. J. Edwin Orr. Billy Graham considers Dr. Orr to have been the greatest expert on revival and spiritual awakening. When Dr. Orr learned I was a Baptist evangelist, he said, "Young Randall, the biggest mistake Baptists have ever made is calling their evangelistic meetings, revivals." As I still reflect on those words from God's preacher, I am convinced Dr. Orr was right. Our people have come to think that the word revival is synoptic with an evangelistic meeting.

This is one of the primary reasons why there is so much talk today how revivals are old fashioned and do not work any more. If you will notice the guys who have concluded they do not work are the same guys who do not have revivals. It would seem logical that if we wanted to know if revival still works we would ask those who are committed to this most important event. If revival-time is just a meeting of good preaching, good singing and good fellowship, then I too agree that our people are too busy and revivals simply do not work any more. But if revival-time is a time of calling the church to repentance so that a re-filling of the Holy Spirit can take place in their lives. And as a result of that infilling, God empowers His people to win their friends and members of their family who need to know Christ. We must conclude that revival-time is the most important event on any church calendar.
For a revival meeting to capture a community for Christ, it must first take hold in the life of the church. That is to say, revival is primarily for the church. Once our lives are in right relationship with a Holy God then His "Good News" Gospel will be seen in and through the life of the believer. Revival is the cleansing rain of God in the life of a Christian when repentance and confession is present (I John 1:9).

Because those who have gone before us understood that real revival is primarily for the church, they understood that adequate time was necessary to schedule if real revival was to be possible. Here too, we must rediscover what they understood if we are to see the same kind of results that they experienced in their day.

THE LENGTH OF REVIVAL

What is meant by the length of revival is simply the time given to allow God to do His work in the lives of His people. In our instant, fast food, computer age world, we have forgotten that anything that is eternal and lasting such as relationships, education, families, and yes revivals take time.

Many still remember what was referred to as the "protracted meeting". This was a revival meeting that the beginning was scheduled but the ending of the meeting was left to the movement of God. Many of these meetings carried on for weeks and months until the fire of God fell. My grandfather, who was an evangelist during the 1930's and 40's, was committed to at least two-week revivals. He would put it this way. "You can't pop corn on a cold skillet." He obviously believed to have a successful time of the harvesting of souls it was necessary to have a week of revival within the church.

Dr. C.E. Mathews, former Director of Evangelism for the Home Mission Board, SBC, envisioned the denominational program of simultaneous crusades as a two-week event in the life of the local church. In 1961, Dr. C.E. Autry, then Director of Evangelism for the Home Mission Board, published what was called the Annual of the Southern Baptist Convention. On page five he says, "It is the purpose of this Division to lead in a return of the churches to two-week revivals." In 1983 Dr. Autry said in an interview with Dr. Chuck Kelly, now President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (while Kelly was working on his doctrinal dissertation), he believed one of the primary reasons for the drop of baptisms in Southern Baptist churches was "the tendency of churches to conduct brief routine revivals even at times cutting them to weekends only."

It is the heartbeat of my soul that we as Baptists might come to the place that we will no longer settle for anything less than real revival. When that day comes, we will give God the time to do His work among our people. Oh, that the day might come that we care more about God's schedule than to fit His work into our schedules. I believe that a church will experience as much revival as they are willing to allow God to bring. Oh, that the revival fires of old would burn in every association, in every church, and in every believer's heart. Oh, that God would draw us back to a lifestyle committed to the Lordship of Christ. And that God through His Holy Spirit would call men, through us to repentance and faith in Christ.

THE REDISCOVERY OF REVIVAL PREPARATION

As in revival, revival preparation also needs to be rediscovered. Never is the old cliché "to fail to plan is to plan to fail" more true than in regard to revival. Although it is understood that God is the one who ultimately brings real revival, He does so on the basis of what we are prepared for Him to do in our lives.
The goal of crusade preparation is to help you lead your people to a commitment to revival-time before the actual date scheduled. The more attention and time given to crusade preparation, the more opportunities God has to move in the lives of His people. Through crusade preparation more people will be involved and ready for the work of God when revival days begin.
Revival preparation is not magical. Just because a revival is well prepared, one cannot conclude that a great work of God will automatically follow. If the procedures of preparation are followed as a matter of routine or as a matter of programming, very little will be accomplished for God. Each decision, each step, each scheduled event will lead to a great harvest only when the procedures are dedicated to the Lord with the expectation that God's ultimate work will be done as a result.
There are three principle areas of revival preparation. These are the areas that careful and prayerful attention must be spent. These are: 1) PRAYER 2) PUBLICITY 3) PERSONAL SOUL-WINNING. This Preparation Guide has been designed around these three primary areas of concern.

Let the Lord guide you as you tend to these responsibilities of revival preparation. Pray for new vision from Heaven concerning the place and the people God has given you to serve. May each step of preparation reflect that vision God has given.

SCHEDULING THE CRUSADE

1. Schedule a revival when you need a revival. Be honest in asking, "Do we need revival?" Never schedule a revival when it seems to be the most convenient. True revival never comes as a matter of convenience. Revival-time is the most important event we schedule. Treat it as such with regard to the calendar.

2. Schedule the crusade long enough for God to do a work in the lives of your people as well as in your community. The generation before ours always scheduled at least two weeks for an evangelistic meeting. The reason always given was that it took a week for the church to begin to experience revival and spiritual renewal. The second week was then focused on reaching the lost. It is my conviction, if it took them two weeks as godly as they were to see God move in a community, then it must be concluded that it would take us longer to achieve the same result as worldly as we have become. Yet today we give even less than a week for many of our evangelistic meetings. I am convinced this is one of the main causes of the decline in baptisms and the number of evangelistic meetings in general. The more time we have to dedicate ourselves to the Lord, the more opportunity He has to deal in our lives so we can be used to win others to Christ. Eight days we have found generally to be a good schedule for a revival crusade. It is best to begin on a Sunday night and close the crusade on the following Sunday morning.

3. Consider the best time to begin the crusade nightly since a weeknight is altogether different in the schedules of your people. Many times the time of the services can encourage more of the community to attend. After all, that is one of our main goals. I have found 7:15 P.M. to be generally the best time to start the crusade services. 7:00 P.M. is often too early for many who have a tight work schedule. 7:30 P.M. is often too late to begin for it causes the services to run a bit late night after night for school children and others.

4. SPECIAL EMPHASIS NIGHTS

Special emphasis nights have long been an effective tool to encourage participation during revival-time. A suggested schedule of special emphasis nights is as follows.

MONDAY NIGHT, SUNDAY SCHOOL NIGHT:
The goal of Sunday School Night is to have the prior Sunday School attendance in the crusade on Monday night. Having Sunday School members sign attendance pledge cards is a good way to enlist the Sunday School for Monday night.

TUESDAY NIGHT, CHILDREN'S NIGHT:
A hot dog supper for the children should be served prior to the crusade service. Tickets should be made up and given to the children to give to their friends to invite them to the hot dog supper. A short time of singing and sharing the Gospel of Christ will be shared with the children at the end of the supper prior to the crusade service.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT, FRIEND'S AND NEIGHBOR NIGHT:
Everyone within the church is encouraged to bring a lost friend or neighbor to the meeting on Wednesday night. Each one who brings a friend should be encouraged to share a gesture of caring and friendship with his or her guest like a card or a nice gift.

THURSDAY NIGHT, MEN'S CAKE BAKE NIGHT:
The men are asked to bake a cake and bring it to the revival service. Unbiased and fair judges will give awards. Awards like "The best looking cake," "The best tasting cake," "The most unique cake," and "The biggest bomb" will be given. The cakes will hopefully be eaten during an all-church fellowship following the evening service.

FRIDAY NIGHT, FAMILY NIGHT:
A gift will be given to the family with the most members present. Families are encouraged to sit together during the revival service.

SATURDAY NIGHT, YOUTH NIGHT:
Youth night should be accompanied by a pizza supper prior to the crusade service. Tickets to this free "Pizza Pig Out" should be given out at school to those who need Christ. Click here to download sample tickets. A short time of sharing the Gospel of Christ with the evangelist will be part of the Youth Pizza Supper.

OTHER POSSIBILITIES:
Pack a Pew Night, Senior Citizen Night, Old-fashioned Night, Standing for Individuals Contest, etc.

5. MUSIC FOR REVIVAL-TIME
Music is an integral part of every crusade. The special place of music in a revival crusade cannot be over emphasized. More often than not the people's willingness to hear the message of God is based upon the music and it's ability to prepare the heart for God's Word. Each crusade service is to be truly a time of worship where the people of God lift up their hearts in praise to God. Just like the revival message, the revival music must call for repentance and faith in Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins.
We encourage your people to participate in the presentation of revival music. However they must be led to carefully choose music that is consistent with the purpose of revival. All Christian music is not appropriate during the revival service. Music that tells the story of Calvary and lifts up the work of Christ is what is encouraged. Revival music tells who Jesus is and what He did for us. Revival music calls for a commitment of repentance and faith. The style of music may vary, however it must be appropriate for the spiritual needs that will be present in the service. "An open-heart surgeon never uses a sledge hammer."
At the point that music becomes entertainment it ceases to be worship that is acceptable to God, and therefore has no place during the revival crusade. A revival meeting is not a talent show. Revival music is Christ-centered not self-centered. Our music during revival-time must lift Christ up so that men might come to know Him as Savior and Lord of their lives. We want people to leave the services saying, "How great our God is," not "how great our talented ones are."
As an accomplished musician, I am often asked to lead the music during the revival services. As our Lord has given these musical gifts, I try to make them available as possible. Music specialties such as guitar, trumpet, musical crystal glasses, vibraharp, etc., as well as solo presentations of the Gospel are a part of the ministry God has given. If you feel that another music evangelist is necessary, please allow me to work with you in securing the evangelist that best compliments our evangelistic ministry.

6. GUIDELINES ON USING VOCATIONAL EVANGELIST (WHAT TO UNDERSTAND BEFORE MAKING PLANS)

A. Always invite the evangelist God has led you to invite to lead your revival crusade. Never invite anyone to share your pulpit responsibilities you are not convinced God would have share in your ministry of evangelism through your church.

B. The evangelist has been sent by God to do a work of which he is uniquely gifted and qualified. Eph. 4: 7,11

C. The evangelist's primary purpose is to help you and your church win those in your community to Christ. His ministry is to be a compliment to your ministry of evangelism. Eph. 4: 12-13

D. The evangelist is not on a vacation. This is his life. Try to understand that he is subject to loneliness for his family and needs to have access to as normal a lifestyle as possible.

E. COMMUNICATE WITH THE EVANGELIST!

1) Discuss your goals for your revival-time crusade with your evangelist. Share openly your needs as well as the needs of your church and how your are expecting God to meet those needs through revival-time. Don't assume that your goals are the same as the evangelist's for your revival-time.

2) Give the evangelist the opportunity to make suggestions concerning crusade preparation. The goal of crusade preparation is to help you lead your people to a commitment to revival-time before the actual date scheduled. The more time given to revival preparation, as well as to revival-time, the more opportunities God will have to move in the lives of people.

3) Allow the evangelist to assist you is choosing the evangelistic team for the crusade. He will have suggestions for those who will compliment his ministry best. Choosing a team that works well together can enhance the effectiveness and success of the evangelistic meeting.

4) Try your best to follow the suggestions and leadership of the evangelist. Remember that you have invited the evangelist to lead you in winning others to Christ. Give his years of commitment and experience in evangelism the benefit of the doubt when questions arise. God has lead you to invite the evangelist. Let God use Him!

7. EXPENSES FOR THE EVANGELIST

When possible, a .32 cents a mile round trip expense check should be made available to the evangelist upon his arrival. This travel expense is to defray the cost the evangelist has in his travel. This includes not only fuel costs but also the care and upkeep of his automobile. Meals to and from the your church as well as any necessary lodging on the road is also a part of this expense. Once the evangelist leaves his home to come to serve you, his expenses should be met by the host church.

8. TAKING A LOVE OFFERING FOR THE EVANGELIST

THE A-B-Cs OF GIVING

A. ALL HAVE A PART
Give everyone a chance to seek the Lord's will each night what God would have them give in the love offering. The pastor must lead his people to ask the Lord what He wants them to do as they give to the work of Christ.

B. BE LIBERAL IN YOUR GIVING
Your people will follow your spirit in giving. Remember people give according to their spirit not according to their means.

C. COMMIT YOUR GIVING TO CHRIST Heb. 11:6
Remember whatever is not of faith is not of God. Never is this more true than in the giving of a love offering for your evangelist.

1) Lead your people in each service of the meeting to go to the Lord asking Him the amount He wants them to invest in the work of evangelism. Make the appeal an important part of the worship service, for giving is a significant part of worship. (Always remember, you should never be ashamed, bashful or apologetic in leading God's people to support God's work through the evangelist.)

2) Remind your people that they are not giving to a family or a man. The evangelist's needs are too complex for your people to be able to understand in a short presentation. Lead your people to be able to understand they are giving unto the Lord. The Lord must lead them to give if it is to be a legitimate faith offering. All you do is lead them to the Lord. The Lord will lead them how to give. After all, God is the one who will meet the evangelist's needs through their obedience to His leading them what to give.

D. THE EVANGELIST LIVES BY FAITH
Never be ashamed to lead and encourage God's people to support God's ministry of evangelism He has given you through His evangelist. Try to understand how you would want a love offering to be taken for your ministry if you lived on the basis of love offerings. The offering is not only a blessing for the evangelist but also for you and your people. The evangelist is the one servant of God who must live by faith. That is, whatever comes in the love offering, he had chosen to discipline his life to live on it. Do all you can to make it worthy of our Lord and His call upon the evangelist.

E. LOVE OFFERING ENVELOPES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOUR CHURCH AT NO EXTRA COST.

F. Remember revival-time is as good an opportunity to teach your people how to give by faith as you will ever have. Since the offering is not to further the program or the salary of the staff, you have a significant opportunity to lead and train your people to trust the Lord in their giving. As your people learn to give by faith, it will revolutionize your church and the work God has given you.
(The following pages are a copy of the finest offering appeals I have been privileged to hear. They are presented here by permission of the wonderful pastor who used them to lead his church to give to the ministry of evangelism. Incorporated in these appeals are the essential elements of teaching your people how to give by faith to the work of the evangelist.)


MAKING AN OFFERING APPEAL
Dr. Brice Mandeville, Pastor, Triangle Baptist Church, Nederland, Texas

Before the offering, I always share something from the Scripture to encourage people to give as God directs. I have found this helps them to realize that giving is something God is interested in and something in which they need to seek Him. I always finish each appeal by asking the people to simply pray about what God would have them to give. I tell the people not to give any more than what God directs them to, but neither to give any less than God directs.
I always take advantage of revival-time to teach on giving through the offering appeal. As none of the offering is going to help the church budget needs or myself in any way directly. Since the money is going to the vocational evangelist, it also removes the thought that I have sometimes heard expressed, "pastors ask their pastor friends to come preach revivals for them and take up offerings for them so they can then preach in their pastor friend's church and get an offering themselves. As evangelists don't have any churches to invite the host pastor to conduct a revival meeting, there is nothing for the pastor to gain by pressing for a good offering for the evangelist. Thus I have found that as people learn the biblical principles of giving during a revival, it carries over into their giving to other areas of God's church. I have never known a good revival offering to hurt regular church offerings. The following are appeals, which I have used:

The Bible states in Galations 6:6-8
Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor. Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that naturewill reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

As we share our finances with this one who has come to instruct us in the ways of God, we will be sowing seeds of the Spirit and will reap a spiritual blessing.

APPEAL NUMBER ONE
Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. God inspired him to pen the book of Proverbs in order to pass along some of that wisdom to you and me. In Proverbs chapter three, Solomon spoke about giving. He said:
Proverbs 3:27-28

Do not withhold goods from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow" when you now have it with you.
Most of you have the power to act tonight to give it this brother who has come to share the gospel. But many of you are thinking, "Come back later, and I'll give it tomorrow." God would say, "Don't wait till tomorrow when you have it with you now." You may say, " Preacher, I'm not sure what the Lord want's me to give. I'm not sure if I should give fifty or a hundred." There is an easy solution to that problem. Give fifty tonight, and if God tells you it should have been a hundred, give another fifty tomorrow. I'd ask you to simply ask what the Lord would have you give today, and be obedient to Him.

APPEAL NUMBER TWO
Back in the days of King David in the Old Testament, there was a plague in the land. The plague was a result of a sin on the part of David. Seventy thousand men in Israel died in the plague in only three days. Finally the Lord directed David to build an altar on a particular mountaintop and offer a sacrifice to the Lord. The mountaintop was owned by a man named Araunah. In II Samuel we read about David going to Araunah to build an altar on his mountain.

2 Samuel 24:22-24
Araunah said to David, "Let my lord the king take whatever pleases him and offer it. Here are oxen for the burnt offering, and here are threshing sledges and ox yokes for the wood. O king, Araunah gives all this to the king." Araunah also said to him, "May the LORD your God accept you." But the king replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.

David knew that a sacrifice that cost him nothing was no sacrifice at all, and thus he insisted on paying Araunah for the wood and animal for the sacrifice. David's son later built the temple of God on that very spot where David offered his sacrifice. I would encourage you this evening not to offer to God a sacrifice, which costs you nothing. You have heard truths, which will change your life, you need to offer back to God something of value in return.

APPEAL NUMBER THREE
Back in the Old Testament there was a man by the name of Kish who owned a herd of donkeys. One night the donkeys broke through their gate and wandered away. Kish sent his son Saul and a servant off to track down the donkeys and bring them back home again. They looked and looked, but could not find the donkeys.
Finally, the servant came upon an idea. We read about it in I Samuel.

But the servant replied, "Look, in this town there is a man of God; he is
highly respected, and everything he says comes true. Let's go there now.
Perhaps he will tell us what way to take." Saul said to his servant, "If we
go, what can we give the man? The food in our sacks is gone. We have no
gift to take to the man of God. What do we have?"
The servant answered him again, "Look," he said, "I have a quarter of a
shekel of silver. I will give it to the man of God so that he will tell us what
way to take." "Good," Saul said to his servant. "Come, let's go."

I Samuel 9:6-10


This week we have been blessed to have a man of God in our midst. He has come to tell us the way we should take in our lives in order to follow God. He has come to help us find that which is lost. We need to ask the same question, which Saul asked his servant, "What shall we give to this man of God?" The servant didn't have much, but he gave of the little, which he has. Some of you can afford to give much, some of you are like that servant and can only give a little. My only request of you is that you go to the Lord and ask Him what He would have you to give, and that you give accordingly.

APPEAL NUMBER FOUR
A while back, the Knight-Ridder News Service carried the story of the death of Marvin Walton. Marvin died a wealthy man in 1994. But the sad thing is that Marvin didn't know of anyone he felt deserved his money when he died, so he left $600,000 to his cats. He set the money up in a trust fund so the cats would be well looked after for the rest of their lives. You may think, "That is foolish. How could a man be so foolish as to give $600,000 to a bunch of cats?" Yet I think when God looks down from heaven, He thinks it is just as foolish the way some of us choose to spend our money. We use money for things that will make absolutely no difference in eternity. You can make a difference this week in eternity through your gifts. This week we have a man who deserves your support. He has come this week without the promise of a penny from us. He has come solely on the understanding that we will take up an offering each service to support his family and his ministry. He supports his family on what you and I give. James in the second chapter of his epistle, said:

If one of you says to him, "God I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,"
but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way,
faith by itself, if it is no accompanied by action, is dead.
I would ask you this week not to simply say to this man,
"I wish you well, keep warm and well fed," but to give to help
meet those physical needs in his life and the life of his family. James would
say, "Put some works with your faith."
James 2:16-17

APPEAL NUMBER FIVE
God believes the offering for evangelists is so important that he set aside an entire book of the Bible to deal specifically with the subject. You probably didn't realize that, but there is one book in our Bible that deals exclusively with our need to give to support the work of evangelists. Back in the days of the New Testament, there were two men who were members of the same church. One was named Diotrephus and the other Demetrius. One week an evangelist came and preached at the church. Diotrephus refused to give anything to the offering to support the evangelist and spent the week griping.

Demetrius, on the other hand, supported the evangelist and was spiritually blessed. God so wanted to make a point that, event though those two men lived two thousand years ago; their names have been etched in eternity for all to know. I would hope your name would be etched in eternity like that of Demetrius, the one who supported the work of the evangelist. I won't read the entire book of the Bibleto you, but you could read it yourself in only two minutes. It is the book of III John. Let me read just a couple of verses out of it:


Dear Friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even
though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love.
You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.
I pray you would support the work of this evangelist and send him
on his way in a manner worthy of God. III John 1:5-6

APPEAL NUMBER SIX
Solomon was the wealthiest man in the world during his day. He owned a house that took a hundred thousand men thirteen years to build. He owned the finest horses and chariots in the land. He ruled the greatest empire in the world. But Solomon knew that the reason he had all of his riches was because money wasn't the top priority in his life. When he was a young man, God had offered him anything he wanted. Solomon could have asked for money or long life, but he asked for wisdom to serve God instead. God said, "Solomon, because you asked for wisdom to serve me instead of money or long life, I will give you all three. Solomon knew the secret of his success was not to seek more money, but to seek God. When Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs, he said:

One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but
comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others
will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:24-25


God says some men withhold their gifts unduly and still don't have enough money to pay their bills, while others are generous and give away, yet find God meets their needs and handles their bills. He said that one who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. This week you and I have an opportunity to be generous and refresh this man who has come to share with us the refreshing news of God's Word. Solomon said as you refresh others, God will refresh your spirit.

APPEAL NUMBER SEVEN
The Associated Press carried a story in June of 1994 about a 91 year old man who is Barnesboro, Pennsylvania. He had lived through the Great Depression and had distrust for banks. He kept all of his money in a padlocked chest in his basement. Each week he paid a woman to come into his house to clean it. The woman noticed the padlocked chest while cleaning the basement one-day and told a friend about it. She told four friends about it and one night they broke into the man's house while he slept, broke into the chest and stole $800,00 in cash and rare coins. The woman and her friends were caught and arrested, but the police only recovered $60,000 of the money, the rest had been spent on vacations and fast cars.
Jesus had something to say about situations like that. He said:

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust
destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves
treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves
do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart be
also." Matthew 6:19-21


There is no place in this world you can store your riches where somebody can't steal them. Whether it is in your basement or in the bank, I promise you wherever it is you can loose it. But if it is invested in the work of God, you will be storing up treasures in heaven. And Jesus said where you store your treasures is where your heart will be. Tonight you have an opportunity to store up treasures in heaven and place a part of your heart there as well.

APPEAL NUMBER EIGHT
Many of you have heard sermons on the verse, "God loves a cheerful giver," but you have probable never heard the verses which come after that verse. The offering which that verse speaks about was not a regular offering to help support the local church. It was an offering being taken up to help the work of the gospel in another place. The reason God loves a cheerful giver is because of what comes after giving. Listen to what the Bible says:

Each man should give what he had decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work... Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ. and for your generosity in sharing. 2 Cor. 9:7-13

The offering you give won't have any impact on our services this week. But these verses say God has provided your needs in order that you might be generous on every occasion that through giving to the ministry of an evangelist people in other cities might come to know the Lord and give thanks to God. These verses say that because of your gifts, men in other places will praise God. That is why we are taking up an offering--not to bring this evangelist here, for he is already here, but that we might send him on to other places to share the gospel. He preaches in many states where there are few churches and no evangelists. Your gifts enable men in other places to hear the gospel and give thanks to God. That is why God loves a cheerful giver. I would encourage you to give this evening in order that others might hear the gospel.

CREATIVE EVANGELISM

1. NEIGHBORHOOD "HOWDY" PARTIES
The howdy party is an attempt to get together every family in a particular neighborhood. The ultimate goal of the party is to share the gospel with everyone in your neighborhood in a non-threatening atmosphere. It can be an ice cream, B.B.Q., Hamburger, Picnic, or the like, party.

2. LADIES TEA OR COFFEE, OR LUNCHEON
This is also an attempt to get together the ladies of the church in a non-threatening atmosphere to share their faith in Christ. It is good to invite, when possible, the evangelist's wife to come and share her testimony.

3. RALLIES IN THE PARK OR TOWN SQUARE
Gospel rallies have long been an effective way of sharing Christ with those around us who need to know Christ as Savior. A music group, puppet team, drama team, etc., should be used to gather a crowd. The Gospel should be presented with an opportunity for people to respond. Trained counselors should be used to deal with those who make decisions.

4. "BRING 'EM BACK ALIVE"
On specific nights of the crusade, the youth are challenged to come to the church 45 minutes before the service. At that time they go out, unannounced, to call on their friends who are sitting at home. Without any preparation they "Bring 'em back alive." I have seen God use this method many times through the years. Use it.

5. SECOND BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Find out who has been saved on the date closest to the crusade schedule. Ask them to have a SECOND BIRTHDAY PARTY. Invite all those who need to know Jesus. During the party the host shares what Christ has done for them.

6. SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES
The school is still one of the most important mission fields in America. Today there are many public schools begging for help to be able to reach their students. An assembly designed to address the problem of drugs, sex, aids, etc. is always welcomed. If you find the door opened to you to go and share in the public school, please do as they say. Do not close the door for others who will come after you in the years and months to come. Remember you are their guest.

7. JELLY BEAN CHOIR
This is what was once called the "Booster band." Each night before the crusade have someone gather together all the children through the 6th grade. Have them prepare a musical presentation during the crusade service. Do this every night. During the end of the last service have the children guess how many jellybeans are in a big jar. (Get a half-gallon jar and fill it with jellybeans. Don't forget to count them.) The child who guesses the closest number to the actual number of jellybeans in the jar, wins the jar of jellybeans. Build it up all week. The Lord will bless it. Remember if you get the kids you will get their families.

PRAYER COMMITTEE

THE PLACE OF PRAYER IN REVIVAL

Your participation as a member of the prayer committee is invaluable to the success of the revival. You have been entrusted with the key to revival. What you do with that key as well as leading others to join you will determine what kind of revival campaign will occur. There is no more important task than the one you have as a member of the prayer committee.

"If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." II Chron. 7:14

Dr. A.T. Pierson once said, "There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locally that did not begin in united prayer." Let me share with you two examples out of history where great revival came as a result of great prayer. The first was in the wake of the American Revolution. Not many people realize during that time there was a moral slump. Drunkenness became epidemic. Out of a population of 5 million, 300,000 were confirmed drunkards. Fifteen thousand of them were being buried each year. Profanity was of the most shocking kind. For the first time in the history of the American settlement, women were afraid to go out at night for fear of assault. Bank robberies were a daily occurrence.

The Baptists of that day said that they were going through their most wintry season. Each major denomination was in a period of serious decline. The Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Marshall, wrote to the Bishop of Virginia, James Madison, "That the church, was too far gone ever to be redeemed." Voltaire agreed and Tom Paine echoed, "Christianity will be forgotten in thirty years."

Likewise the colleges of that time were in a great spiritual vacuum. A poll taken at Harvard had discovered not one believer in the whole of the student body. They took a poll at Princeton, which was a much more evangelical place. It was discovered in all the student body there were only two believers and only five did not belong to the filthy speech movement of that day. Students rioted. They held a mock communion at Williams College; and they put on anti-Christian plays at Dartmouth. They took a Bible out of a local church in New Jersey, and burned it in a public bonfire. Christians were so few on campus in the 1790s that they met in secret, like a communist cell, and kept their minutes in code so that no one would know.

Kenneth Scott Latourette, the great church historian, wrote: " It seemed as if Christianity were about to be ushered out of the affairs of men." The churches had their backs to the wall, seeming as if they were about to be wiped out. How did the situation change? It came through a concert of prayer.

In New England there was a great theologian by the name of Jonathan Edwards who received a little memorial book by a minister in Edinburgh, Scotland named John Erskine. Edwards was so moved by the appeal of Erskine for the people of God to pray for revival that the New England preacher wrote a response. It finally became a book, he called, "A Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of All God's People in Extraordinary Prayer for the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of Christ's Kingdom on Earth, pursuant to Scripture Promises and Prophecies concerning the Last Time."
Even though this is a long title, don't miss its message. "A Humble Attempt to promote explicit agreement and visible union of God's people in extraordinary prayer for a revival of religion and extension of Christ's Kingdom." It not this what is missing so much from all our evangelistic efforts today, explicit agreement, visible union, unusual prayer?

This movement had started in Britain through William Carey, Andrew Fuller, John Sutcliffe and other leaders who began what the British called "The Union of Prayer." Hence, the year after John Wesley died, the Second Great Awakening began and swept Great Britain. Out of the Second Great Awakening came the whole modern missionary movement and it's societies. Out of it came the abolition of slavery, popular education, Bible societies and Sunday Schools, and many social benefits accompanying the evangelistic drive.

For the sake of this presentation, I mention one more example of a great revival as a result of great prayer. In 1904 an evangelist by the name of Seth Joshua had come to the Newcastle Emlyn College where Evan Roberts was studying for the ministry. Evan Roberts, then 26, had been a coal miner. The students were so moved that they asked if they could attend his next campaign nearby, so they canceled classes to go to Blaenanerch, where Seth Joshua prayer publicly, "O God, bend us." And Evan Roberts went forward, where he prayed with great agony, " O God, bend me."

Upon his return, he could not concentrate on his studies. He went to the principal of his college and explained, "I keep hearing a voice that tells me I must go home to speak to our young people in my home church." God moved in such power that it is here where the birth of the Welsh Revival came. In five months there were a hundred thousand conversions throughout the country.
It was the social impact that was astounding. For example, judges were presented the white gloves because there was not a case to try. There were no robberies, no burglaries, no rapes, no murders, and no embezzlements. Simply put there was virtually no more crime. District councils held emergency meetings to discuss what to do with the police now that they were unemployed. In one place, the sergeant of the police was sent for and asked, "What do you do with your time?" He replied, "Before the revival, we had two main jobs, to prevent crime and to control crowds, as at football games. Since the revival has started, there is practically no crime. So we just go with the crowds."

As the revival swept Wales, drunkenness was cut in half. There was a wave of bankruptcies but nearly all taverns. There was even a slowdown in the mines. Many Welsh coal miners were converted and stopped using bad language that the horses that dragged the trucks in the mines could not understand what was being said to them, hence transportation slowed down for a while until they learned the language of Heaven.

The revival also affected sexual moral standards. Through the figures given by British government experts, in Radnorshire and Merionethshire, the actual illegitimate birth rate had dropped 44% within a year of the beginning of revival.* All of church history reveals that revival always begin in prayer. Without a movement of prayer there is no movement of God. It is the testimony of time that all great revivals began with great prayer.

A revival crusade must be baptized in prayer. A crusade cannot have too much prayer. For the people of God to experience revival, they must go to the source of all revival, our Heavenly Father. He is more concerned about us having a time of revival and refreshing then we could ever be. Any form of prayer is appropriate and essential. The Scripture verse Jeremiah 33:3 should be used and promoted as a prayer preparation motto.

"Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, that thou knowest not."

EXAMPLES OF PRAYER PREPARATION

1. COTTAGE PRAYER MEETINGS
The Cottage Prayer Meeting is an attempt to encourage unusual and significant prayer for the revival. This is accomplished by gathering people together in homes for the sole purpose of prayer. The home of a member gives an informal atmosphere as well as a warm personal approach to meeting our need for prayer. Depending upon the size of your church, many different prayer meetings should be scheduled. Possible suggested divisions for cottage prayer meetings are:
A. Deacon Family Ministry Groups
B. Sunday School Departments
C. Geographical Areas of Members
D. Choir Ministry
E. Youth Ministry

2. PRAYER CHAIN
The Prayer Chain has long been a successful tool of revival preparation. It has been learned it is best to develop a large chart on which to sign up the people. Select Prayer Captains. One for each hour of the all day prayer chain. These captains will aid in enlisting people to pray during their assigned hour. The prayer chain can be a great spiritual experience if properly organized. Please don't leave it to chance or it will be ineffective.

3. SIMULTANEOUS PRAYER TIME
All of us are encouraged to pray when we are accountable to one another. A specific time set aside every day by the whole congregation will encourage prayer for the revival. A time such as 10:00 should be designated as the time when all will pray for revival. Each time 10:00 rolls around on the clock, A.M. and P.M., all will be challenged to stop and pray for revival.

4. PRAYER PARTNERS
Selecting prayer partners is another effective way to involve many in the prayer preparation for revival. A card is to be produced which says, My Prayer Partner is (_____Name______). We will covenant together to pray each day for revival. At the bottom of the REVIVAL PRAYER COMMITMENT CARD should be a place for each prayer partner to sign his/her name and turn it in to you the Prayer Chairman.

5. MEN'S AND LADIES PRAYER BREAKFAST
An exciting event that has been used successfully for many years is the Men's or Ladies prayer breakfast. A time is set aside at the beginning of a day to come together to pray for revival. The meal is cooked and served by a specific group in the church. Example: The men serve the ladies breakfast. The youth serve the breakfast to either the men or the ladies.

A Suggested Schedule for these prayer meetings

* Begin by reading scripture on prayer. Examples: Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 18:19, James 1:6-7
* The importance of prayer should be discussed. The relationship between prayer and revival should be discussed. Revival is to be seen as the most important event on the church calendar. Our church is spending time in prayer, preparing ourselves and interceding on behalf of others.
* Read II Chron. 7:14. Have a time of silent prayer when each person confesses his sins to God and asks for forgiveness.
* Have a time of prayer for the evangelistic team, the pastor, staff, and the church.
* Ask for prayer requests and pray for these, one at a time. The lost and unchurched should be the priority of this prayer time.
* Have a time of prayer when these requests are made for the power and courage to share their faith with those around them.
* Conclude the prayer time with a time of silent prayer when each one present commits themselves to the revival effort. Lead the closing prayer with the prayer that God will do His work in the lives of our families during the revival.

POW (PRISONERS OF THE WORLD) BRACELETS
The POW Bracelets have been the most effective as well as the least expensive way to accomplish two essential elements of crusade preparation. They are: 1) Individual prayer for those who need Christ. 2) Personal contacts and witnessing for the crusade.

You will need to acquire from a hospital supply house or a hospital as many hospital bracelets as you have people that will wear them (and more). Four weeks prior to the crusade gather from every possible source fresh prospects. Check with your S.O.N. Chairman for the list of prospects received from the Operation Andrew Survey. Your list should contain all of the lost and unchurched your people have on their hearts during the season of crusade preparation and revival-time. Place the names of the (P.O.Ws.) lost on the inside of the bracelets. At least two weeks prior to the crusade, challenge your people to wear a P.O.W. bracelet at least until the end of the crusade. Give the bracelets out at random. The P.O.W. bracelets will be a reminder to those who wear them to pray for their P.O.Ws. Also the wearing of the bracelet will cause people to inquire about the bracelet wherever your people go. This gives your people a natural opportunity to witness and invite others to the crusade.

Again may I emphasize that all forms of prayer should be encouraged. However you can mobilize your people to pray, God will bless. These examples can be used effectively as tools to help build an atmosphere of prayer that is needed if revival is to come.

* The historical information given concerning prayer and revival was mostly taken from a message given by Dr. J. Edwin Orr in 1976. This message was printed by the Oxford Association for research in Revival.

S O N COMMITTEE - SHARE WITH OTHERS NOW

The SON Committee is the most important task in all of revival preparation. The number of people, who will come to the Lord as a result of the crusade effort, will be directly effected by your efforts. Although we understand that it is God who saves, He has chosen us to be "workers together with Him" in the process of the salvation of others. 2 Cor. 6:1-2 Those who will make themselves available to winning others and enlisting others to do the same are those who will have a double blessing during the days of revival-time. There are three dimensions to your task in crusade preparation.

1. OPERATION ANDREW- A Plan to involve active, dedicated Christians in bringing unsaved and unchurched people to the crusade services.
2. COUNSELING- A holy task involving those who can lead people to Christ to prepare and plan to council those who make decisions for Christ during the crusade services.
3. FOLLOW-UP- A planned effort to insure all that make decisions at the crusade are discipled in Christ after the crusade.

MATERIALS YOU WILL WANT TO CONSIDER

1. Any good clear Gospel tract
examples: Four Spiritual Laws, Campus Crusade for Christ International, 100 Sunport Lane 2100, Orlando, Florida 32809, Eternal Life Booklet, Personal Evangelism Department, North American Mission Board, SBC, 4200 North Point Pkwy Alpharetta, Georgia 30022

2. Personal Commitment Guide
Mass Evangelism Department, North American Mission Board, SBC, 4200 North Point Pkwy. Alpharetta, Georgia 30022

3. Follow-up Tracts
A New Dimension, Toward Christian Maturity, Both of these can be ordered from Mass Evangelism Department, North American Mission Board, SBC, 4200 North Point Pkwy, Alpharetta, Georgia 30022

4. Books on Follow-up
Survival Kit for New Christians, You can order this from any Baptist Book Store. Disciples are Made not Born, Walt Henrickson, Scripture Press. You can also order this book from your Baptist Book Store.

5. Guide for Training Counselors, Mass Evangelism Department, 333 N. Washington Ave., Dallas, Texas 75246

6. Witnessing, A Way of Life, Rob Randall, Criterion Publication, P.O. Box 5, McKinney, Texas 75069

OPERATION ANDREW
Pre-Revival Cultivation Plan
For Reaching People for Christ
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Operation Andrew is a plan to involve active, dedicated Christians in bringing unsaved and unchurched people to the revival services. It is taken right from the Word of God. John 1:40-42 "One of the two who heard Jesus speak and followed him (Jesus), was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. He found first his own brother Simon, and said to him, 'We have found the Messiah' (which translated means Christ). He brought him to Jesus..."

The five steps of Operation Andrew are:

1. Begin to pray for 1-10 people you know who need Christ as Savior.

2. Cultivate their friendship.

3. Pray for an opportunity to share Christ with them. Be spiritually ready when the opportunity comes. Share Christ and His plan of salvation with them.

4. Bring them to the revival services.

5. Follow them up until they are linked with a Bible believing church and become growing witnessing Christians.

The pastor is primarily responsible for this plan but he should definitely involve the Sunday School. Perhaps the Sunday School Director should be co-chairman.

Ideally, it would be good to have Operation Andrew functioning at least six to eight weeks before your revival week. Therefore, you will need to begin the enlistment ten weeks before the revival or earlier if possible. If you do not get started with this plan at least eight weeks before your revival, it probably will not be very effective because of the lack of time for cultivating prospects.

In preparation for Operation Andrew you should secure and read Oscar Thompson's book, Concentric Circles of Concern (Broadman Press, Nashville, 1981). You might want to provide a copy of this book for each participant and ask him or her to also read it. This book will be used in the Operation Briefing seven weeks before your revival week.

CONDUCTING AN OPERATION ANDREW BRIEFING

Review the five steps in Operation Andrew:

1. Begin to pray for 1-10 people you know who need Christ as Savior.

2. Cultivate their friendship.

3. Pray for an opportunity to share Christ with them. Be spiritually ready when the opportunity comes. Share Christ and His plan of salvation with them.

4. Bring them to the revival services.

5. Follow them up until they are linked with a Bible believing church and become growing witnessing Christians.

Share with the participants the idea of "Concentric Circles" as outlined in Oscar Thompson's book, Concentric Circles of Concern (Broadman Press, Nashville, 1981). You'll need to secure and read the book earlier. You might want to provide a copy of the book for each participant and ask him or her to read it. You might find it helpful to take more time and review it with them.

At the briefing, do an Operation Andrew Survey, (Concentric Circles survey). Make copies of the "Operation Andrew Survey" form. Give a copy to each person present and guide him or her through the survey. Take each circle one at a time. Ask them to recall to their memory people who are in that circle of relationship. For example, in circle #3, remind them that persons in this circle are grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, in-laws, etc. Repeat this process through circle #6. Then you will want to assign each person two or more unsaved people for the "X" circle. Each participant needs the names of at least ten people for whom he or she is going to pray and attempt to reach for Christ.
Following this meeting each participant should begin to cultivate the people whose names are on his survey sheet. This should become a prayer list.

OPERATION ANDREW PROGRESS MEETINGS

Conduct at least two Operation Andrew Progress Meetings and perhaps more. One should be scheduled on Sunday two weeks before your revival week. Spend time discussing progress by each participant. Pray for the unsaved and unchurched people who are being cultivated.
Another progress meeting should be conducted the first Sunday of the revival with the evangelist present. He should speak briefly with the participants and encourage them to bring the unsaved and unchurched people they have been cultivating with them to the revival services. Also, encourage them to do follow-up with those who make commitments to Jesus during the revival week.
Since most of the people who make decisions for Christ in our revival services are brought to the meetings by someone, we will want to encourage the Operation Andrew participants to be sure to bring these people with them to the revival services.

SAMPLE LETTER TO ENLIST OPERATION ANDREW PARTICIPANTS

Dear___________________

I want to invite you to become a participant in "Operation Andrew" in preparation for our coming revival________(date)___________.

Operation Andrew is a plan used for many years in evangelistic crusades and revivals. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has especially used this idea most effectively for many years. The purpose is to get active, dedicated Christians to bring unsaved, unchurched people with them to the revival service. It is based on the experience of Andrew, who brought this brother Peter to Jesus (John 1:40-42). It is a proven fact that most of the people making decisions in crusade and revival services are brought by someone. Thus, we are planning to bring many people to our revival meeting who need to make decisions for Christ. Here is how the plan works:

1. Begin to pray for 1-10 people you know who need Christ as Savior.
2. Cultivate their friendship.
3. Pray for an opportunity to share Christ with them. Be spiritually ready when the opportunity comes. Share Christ and His plan of salvation with them.
4. Bring them to the revival services.
5. Follow them up until they are linked with a Bible believing church and become growing witnessing Christians.

Please pray about joining me in this important plan to reach unsaved and unchurched people. You will be receiving a telephone call in a few days asking for a response to this invitation.

Those who participate will attend a briefing session on Sunday evening ____(date)_____, at
___(time)____ in ____(location)____. Please be present. I look forward to these most important days as we look to Jesus to use us to win others to Christ.

Sincerely yours,

________________
Pastor

THE MINISTRY AND WORK OF THE REVIVAL COUSELOR

The availability of the Revival Counselor to be used of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those making decisions for Christ may be the most important task in the Revival meeting. The fruit of your labor may be the difference between the new birth or a stillbirth of a soul. The result will be determined according the counselor's willingness to be used of God.

Prerequisites for Revival Counseling

1. Soul-winning Training- It will be necessary for the Revival Counselor to have attended and finished a study course in soul-winning. He or she must know how to lead people to faith in Christ.

2. Counseling Materials- The Revival Counselor must have in his possession before the Revival meeting begins all the materials that may be needed in the counseling time. Examples are:

* A well marked Bible.
"The Roman Road", Passages regarding eternal security, the love and faithfulness of God, etc.

* A clear concise clean Gospel tract.
Four Spiritual Laws, Eternal Life Booklet, How to have Peace with God, etc.

* A clear concise clean booklet on recommitment.
The Spirit-filled Life booklet.

* A pen or sharpened pencil.

* Plenty of Revival Decision Cards.
These cards will be made available to you prior to the Revival Service.

3. A Clean Heart and an Available Spirit.
What will be needed in the Counseling time is not what you say or do but rather what the Lord is able to say and do through you. Make certain that all hindrances for the Spirit of God to work through you have been removed through confession of sin. (I John 1:9). The adage here is, "You can't give what you don't have to give." "You can't lead people where you are not willing to go."

4. A Total Reliance on the Work of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the one who will bring people to Christ. It is the Holy Spirit who will bring conviction and conversion in the lives of those coming for prayer during the Revival meeting. Ultimately, only God knows what is going on in a person's heart. We are simply "workers together with Him." (2 Cor. 6:1-2)

The WORK OF THE REVIVAL COUSELOR

1. The Revival Counselor must be prepared before the Revival Service begins. ie: have all materials ready. Make sure your heart is right before God.

2. Pray for those during the Revival Service who will be making decisions for Christ.

3. At Invitation time the Revival Counselor should come forward only as needed. Example: When a woman comes forward for prayer, a woman counselor should come to stand with her. When a man comes forward for prayer, a man counselor should come to stand with him.

4. The Revival Counselors and those making decisions for Christ will go to the Counseling room as the evangelist indicates.

5. Be flexible as to the Need. If a person is so emotionally distraught the Revival Counselor may want to take the person to the counseling room.

6. Pray, Pray, and then Pray. Pray every step of the way for the Lord's leading during the counseling time.

7. Even if the Evangelist has shared the Gospel and led the one making a decision for Christ in a "sinner's prayer" do it again.
Make another clear presentation of the Gospel. At the end of the Gospel presentation, make sure you say, "Is there any reason why you wouldn't want to be saved right now?" Especially with children, give them every opportunity to clarify what is going on in their hearts. Example: "You know Johnny, Nothing would make me happier tonight than for you to give your heart to Christ, but you don't have to just because we want you to."

AFTER THE DECISION FOR CHRIST HAS BEEN MADE

1. Tell the person how happy you are they have given their lives to Christ. But heaven is even happier. (Matt. 15:7)

2. Explain to them the importance of following the Lord in Believer's Baptism and Church membership.

3. Filling out the Commitment Card:
Fill it out completely: The Commitment card may be the only link to the person making the decision during the Revival meeting and those who will be in the follow-up stage after the meeting. Make certain that all the blanks are filled and as much information concerning the person and their decision is recorded on the Commitment Card.

4. Tell the person that you will promise to pray for them in the days and weeks ahead.

5. Encourage them by telling them that Satan will not be happy with what they have done and will come to create doubt. Just remember and thank God for what He has told you in His Word.

6. Ask for a list of any friends or family members that do not know Christ. Share this list with the Evangelist or Pastor.

POST REVIVAL MEETING FOLLOW-UP

It is the primary responsibility of the church to follow-up with all those who have made decision for Christ during the Revival Crusade. The main reason why these meetings are held in the local church is for the sake of follow-up. That is, the local church is the nurturing place for new baby Christians. It is necessary that each person making a decision for Christ is enrolled in a Bible class immediately.
Whatever is necessary for the successful follow-up of these new Christians, the local church must take her responsibility eternally serious. The Enemy will do all he can to create doubt and to steal what the Holy Spirit has sown in the heart of the new Christian. (Matt. 13:18-23)

Examples of Local Church Follow-up:

* Home Visits, Pastor Visits, Counselor Visits, Sunday School Teacher Visits

* Letters from the Revival Counselor

* Phone calls

* Personal Invitations to attend future services as well as Bible studies

Remember: The local church is the link to the future growth of the new baby Christian.

Allow the Lord to lead you in developing your local church follow-up strategy. God is as much concerning about the nurturing of these new Christians as He was in seeing them come to faith in Christ.

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TELEPHONE COMMITTEE

This committee is responsible for enlisting a telephone crew to call all church families and prospects, encouraging them to participate in revival-time. In small communities you might want to take the phone book and call every family in the area.
If you have less than 150 families to call, enlist one caller for every fifteen families to be called. You might want to ask another person to help you enlist the callers.

If you have over 150 families to call, you will want to enlist one committee member for every 150 families to be called. They, in turn, will enlist 10 callers each. For example, if you have 450 families to be called, then you enlist 3 committee members. They, in turn, enlist 10 callers each and that makes 30 callers. If 30 callers make 15 calls each then 450 families will be called.
Use your youth as well as the adult departments to gather together your callers.

SUGGESTIONS TO TELEPHONE CREW
1. Pause to whisper a prayer before each call.

2. Please call every family on the list. Call back to those who do not answer or whose lines are busy.

3. Be cheerful, optimistic, positive, and enthusiastic.

4. The calls should not be lengthy.

5. Remind the family of the upcoming crusade dates and times. Tell them something about the evangelistic team and revival schedule.

6. Encourage them to attend the crusade.

7. Offer to secure transportation if they need rides. Call the church office and ask for assistance in this matter if you need to.

8. Pass along any important information to the pastor, which might help him in ministering to these folks.

PUBLICITY COMMITTEE
2 Chronicles 30:1

Although publicity is one of the "busy" jobs, it is as critical to the success of the crusade as any other is in the time of revival preparation. What you do and the spirit in which you do it might be the single most significant reason people come and hear the Gospel of Christ.

Keep in mind as you serve our Lord in this critical area, "what is obvious to you concerning the upcoming crusade is not as obvious to others." Your responsibility is to do whatever you can to make sure that everyone in your community 1) is aware of the dates and events of the crusade, 2) receives a personal invitation to the crusade. They must come to know that this revival meeting is for them.

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EXAMPLES OF CRUSADE PUBLICITY YOU WILL WANT TO USE

1. NEWSPAPERS

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Your local newspaper is one of the most helpful ways of getting the news out concerning the upcoming crusade. Many papers will give you featured articles concerning the crusade and special events surrounding the crusade. Ask them. Your article might help them sell more newspapers. They are aware of this possibility. Information concerning the crusade team will be sent to you prior to your preparation time. Use the picture and biographical materials to develop articles and advertisements concerning the crusade. If at all possible, proof read what is going in the newspaper.

2. RADIO
Radio has long been a successful way to communicate to others about upcoming events. Check with your local radio station(s) and see what they can do to aid you in developing a "spot" for the upcoming crusade. Many times these services are free. Don't be afraid to ask. Several weeks prior to the crusade ask your radio station manager for an interview time for the evangelist during the crusade. A personal interview can draw many to the crusade.

3. POSTERS
Posters are a necessary part of revival publicity preparation. They should be "first class". All that we do must honor the Lord. There will be many people whose only contact with your church is through a revival crusade poster.
Available to you is a poster already printed. All you must do is fill in the dates, times and location of the crusade on the poster. It can also be reduced on a copier to make an effective handbill. If you need more posters let the evangelist know. Click here to download a sample poster.

4. FLIERS, HANDBILLS
A flier is a handout piece that gives all the vital information concerning the upcoming crusade. The poster mentioned above can easily be reduced and reproduced on a copier for this use.

5. PORTABLE SIGNS
For a very minimal cost, you can rent a portable sign for the crusade. In many places only $25.00 a week can afford you a lighted portable sign to let people know about the crusade. Because many businesses own these type signs, you may find one of your church members who would be willing to give the use of his sign for the crusade. Signs let people know something special is going on.

6. LETTERS
People love getting personal letters. The use of letters can be a very effective way of contact for the crusade. One to two weeks prior to the crusade every church member should receive a personal letter from the Pastor, Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, or you.

7. (P.O.W.) PRISONERS OF THE WORLD BRACELETS
The P.O.W. Bracelets have been the least expensive and the most effective way to accomplish two essential elements of crusade preparation. 1. Individual prayer for those without Christ. 2. Personal contacts and witnessing for the crusade. Work with the Prayer Chairman to develop the best strategy on how to use the P.O.W. Bracelets.

You will need to acquire from a hospital supply house or a hospital as many hospital bracelets as you have people that will wear them (and more). Four weeks prior to the crusade gather from every possible source fresh prospects. That is, the lost people that your people have on their hearts during the season of crusade preparation and revival-time. Place the names of the P.O.Ws. (The lost) on the inside of the bracelets. At least two weeks prior to the crusade, challenge your people to wear a P.O.W. bracelet at least until the end of the crusade. Give the bracelets out at random. The P.O.W. bracelets will be a reminder to those who wear them to pray for their lost "prisoner of the world". Also the wearing of the bracelet will cause people to inquire about the bracelet wherever your people go. This gives your people a natural opportunity to witness and invite others to the crusade.

8. TELEPHONING
You will need to work out an effective strategy of contacting through the use of the telephone for the crusade with your Telephone Committee Chairman. Together you can help reach many for the crusade which otherwise would not be reached.

9. CABLE ACCESS ANNOUNCEMENTS
In every market where there is Cable Television, there is a local channel designated for that community. The crusade can be announced on the community access channel at no cost to you. Take advantage of this great tool for publicizing the revival-time.

Be creative! Let the Lord lead you in all you do. People everywhere need Christ in their lives. Publicity in the hands of God can be the beginning tool that God can use to let them know Jesus loves them and died for their sins.

HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE

The Hospitality Committee is one of the most important committees in the crusade preparation. How you go about your task of hosting the evangelistic team can set the atmosphere of a successful working relationship between the church and the evangelistic team.

TAKING CARE OF THE EVANGELIST

1. HOUSING THE EVANGELIST
Whatever is appropriate to your people is generally acceptable with regard to housing for the evangelist. Some guidelines are:
A. The room should be as private as possible. The evangelist will need his privacy to study and come well prepared to lead the crusade services. It is an emotionally difficult as well as a physically draining time to watch people in the balance of decision time that will determine their eternal destiny. The evangelist will need his rest. Make sure that the housing you make available to him will accommodate the rest and time he will need.

The evangelist's personal schedule is different than almost anyone you will ever meet. Because his work is unique, his schedule is also unique to his special needs. It is virtually impossible for the evangelist to be hosted in a home. Most of the time it is simply not wise.

Examples of possible housing
1) Motel room 2) garages apartment 3)-basement apartment 4) cottage 5) cabin

2. MEALS FOR THE EVANGELIST
Meals to be provided are lunch and supper. It is good when possible to have the evangelistic team in the homes of the church members. Fellowship around the table can be of great help in building relationships with the evangelistic team. When they are welcomed in your home, they feel welcomed.

The supper meal should be light and scheduled after the evening services. Even though an after service meal may demand an extra effort on your people who will host, please remember that the purpose of the meal is fellowship. Very little fellowship can be experienced when everyone is rushed to prepare and get ready for the crusade. The time prior to the evening service is critical for the evangelist. He will need time to pray and prepare himself for the services. Please, don't deny him this time by scheduling a meal before the services.

The evangelist is not on a vacation. This is his life. Try to understand he is subject to loneliness for his family. Do your best to provide for him as normal a lifestyle as possible during his stay with you. The evangelist has come to serve with you for the sake of souls. Do what you can to help him in his daily schedule be as effective as possible. The eternal destiny of many will be determined during these special critical days of revival-time.

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