Out of a desire to see a fresh work of the Holy Spirit in our midst, and in alignment with our vision “to present everyone mature in Christ,” we will be hosting our first annual GROW Conference. Unlike a traditional Revival Meeting which tends to focus purely on the conversion of the lost, often times using means that can be, at best, manipulative, we are prayerfully preparing this conference with a desire to see true revival (or restoration) happen among God’s people, knowing that the outworking of such revival is a renewed passion to see the lost come to saving faith in Jesus. Consider David’s prayer in Psalm 51:
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.
We have asked our church family to spend the 30 days leading up to GROW|21 in prayer and fasting, earnestly seeking the Lord for personal, spiritual restoration. We have provided a prayer guide (available below) to facilitate this time of inviting the Holy Spirit to search us and reveal those ways that are offensive to Him and hinder His work in our midst. The recommendation has been to forgo one meal each day and use that time for dedicated prayer.
We are also asking our church family to pray for the men who will be leading us through the preaching of the Word during that week. Please see the schedule below to pray knowledgeably.
This year’s theme is in line with the focus and direction our Pastor has been leading us in all year. We began the year looking at ecclesiological restoration, studying 1 Timothy to understand how God would have us to conduct ourselves and organize ourselves as a local church. We have also spent the majority of the year in our Discipleship Groups studying the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. As we see in each of these books, while restoring biblical forms is important, the house will remain empty if there is not a spiritual renewal of God’s people. Therefore, we will be led from both the Old and the New Testaments to examine the key concept of restoration, especially in how the cross of Jesus Christ makes such restoration possible.
We will meet each night for a time of worship in both song and study of God’s Word, starting at 7pm.
- Tuesday, September 14 – Sam Greene (FBC Mt. Orab) | Psalm 67
- Wednesday, September 15 – Ed Jones (FBC Mt. Orab) | Psalm 85
- Thursday, September 16 – Heath Huskey (West Union SBC) | Revelation 2-3, Part 1
- Friday, September 17 – Heath Huskey (West Union SBC) | Revelation 2-3, Part 2
- Saturday, September 18 – Dr. David Smith (Creek Road BC) | Luke 15:11-24
- Sunday, September 19 (AM Service) – Jonathan Lawler (FBC Mt. Orab) | Joel 1-2
Want to Join Us?
Not a part of the First Baptist Church, Mt Orab family? No problem! Everyone is welcome to attend and we pray that this week spurs you on to deeper intimacy with God through Jesus Christ. If you are interested in attending, we would encourage you to join us in the preparatory time of prayer using the prayer guide above.
Soli Deo Gloria!