Contributed by VBC Executive Director, Ron McIntosh.
I stood before a group of people and said, “I’ve never been so filled with so much anticipation in my life.”
Someone interjected, “Oh, your presidential candidate must be doing well in the polls.”
I retorted, “Not really. Now that the Libertarians are coming up with a candidate, we have Larry, Curly and Moe in the race.”
I’m not trying to be disparaging concerning your favorite candidate, but I’ve seen some strange things in this election cycle. My point is simple. I don’t think the answer for America’s future lies in the White House, but the answer lies in God’s house! When I saw the quality of students graduating from VBC this past May, it filled me with anticipation and expectation. There are history-makers and world-shakers in this class. The key is the Church must regain her voice.
The church has lost her voice. I didn’t say we’ve lost our ministry or our ability to speak, I said we have lost our voice. It’s not that we’re not saying something. It is more like, do we have something to say? It’s why they said of Jesus, “He taught them as one having authority…” (Luke 4:32). In other words, He had a voice. VBC students know who they are, what God has already done and who He has made them to be. They’ve learned and are learning to have a voice. There is an undergirding of revival in our graduates.
This year we saw His supernatural presence in our chapel services. We saw signs and wonders as pronounced as a healing of deafness to as subtle as reconciliation of homes. We witnessed life transformations and the establishment of identity in Christ. We saw young people transformed into leaders ready to be a voice into culture.
America is ripe for a fresh outpouring of the Spirit (Ps. 92:10). Acts 3:19-21 states, “Repent, (change your thinking) then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out and times of refreshing (the Greek literally says recovery of breath or revival) may come from the Lord, and that He (God) may send the Christ, who has been appointed to you—even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything as He promised long ago through His holy prophets (parenthesis mine).”
What this tells me is there is a revival coming, a recovery of breath, before the Second Coming. Repent or change your thinking…think like He thinks. Thus, your sins may be blotted out. This is written in aorist tense which means it should read as a “one-time erasure.” The reason is to position you for a time of refreshing or revival. The Church is not going out before the Second Coming, as a whimpering reed, but victorious Church without spot, blemish or wrinkle (Eph. 5:27). There is a call to reposition ourselves for a fresh outpouring of His Spirit in this time.
Why am I filled with anticipation? I see a revival coming to planet Earth!