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6-week revival fuels SBC resolution
Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist Press
June 24, 2011

6-week revival fuels SBC resolution

6-week revival fuels SBC resolution
Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist Press
June 24, 2011

PHOENIX — A

resolution on prayer and repentance adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)

in Phoenix traces its roots to a

church’s revival experience in east Tennessee.

The resolution was initiated by Jamie Work, pastor of Candies

Creek Baptist Church

in Charleston, Tenn.,

and a member of the SBC Resolutions

Committee and the SBC Executive Committee.

Work’s proposed resolution — which grew out of six weeks of revival meetings at

Candies Creek — was edited by the Resolutions Committee and presented at the SBC

annual meeting.

In introducing the resolution to messengers June 15, Work said God turned an “11-day

summit into a six-week revival” at Candies Creek, and the revival is

continuing.

“As a result of corporate prayer and repentance, God is birthing us into a

brand-new church,” Work told the convention.

Work gave an extended testimony during the SBC

Executive Committee meeting June 13 prior to the SBC

annual meeting, recounting how Candies Creek spent weeks in prayer before the

initial April 10-20 meeting at the church led by Life Action Ministries, based

in Buchanan, Mich.

As a result of the Holy Spirit working in the lives of the people at Candies

Creek, there were 25 hours of public confession of sin, Work told the Executive

Committee.

“We are still dealing with what God has been saying to us. Our world has been

turned upside down,” he said.

In addition to the confession of sin by individuals, the church itself

confessed its corporate sin, the pastor said.

Sins confessed by the church, Work said, were prayerlessness; superficiality

with God and one another; failure to practice biblical, redemptive church

discipline; lukewarmness (a lack of commitment); preoccupation with mammon

(money and stuff); and programmatic worship (non-Spirit led).

What has happened at Candies Creek “hinged on prayer and repentance,” Work said

in an interview with the Baptist and Reflector, newsjournal of the Tennessee

Baptist Convention.

Though the revival meeting ended after six weeks, people are still meeting

regularly for prayer, Work said, voicing a certainty that the church will not

be the same after what has occurred.

Work hopes the revival’s long-term effects will include a greater sensitivity

to the Lord and a greater sensitivity to the sins that offend the Lord.

In addition, Candies Creek will “push all ministries off the table and put

prayer in the center. Then, we will rebuild our ministries around prayer,” Work

said.

The pastor also noted the church will seek to establish a method of biblical,

redemptive church discipline and to end superficiality not only with members

with each other but in their relationship with God.

“We need to take people deeper into their walk with the Lord in order to get

them into a deeper relationship with each other,” he said.

During his testimony before the Executive Committee, Work shared that “we are

still trying to figure out how we now function as a revived church” and asked

for prayer for the church and “for a Great Awakening to come to America

and our world.”

He also presented several books to EC members written by Greg Frizzell, a

prayer specialist with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma,

as a gift from the church.

The resolution, titled “On Corporate Prayer and Repentance,” calls on SBC

churches, pastors and leaders to “seek the Lord in the manner of 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Joel

2: 12-17, and to repent corporately

in their various churches of all sins which God’s spirit reveals.”

It also calls on churches “to renew their first-love devotion to Jesus Christ

through full confession of and repentance from all revealed sin.”

The resolution also exhorts Southern Baptists to “pursue a life of genuine

repentance, Kingdom-focused prayer times for sweeping revival and spiritual

awakening and consistent prayer for specific lost people, missions and

ministry.”

The resolution concludes by urging churches to “embrace corporate prayer and

repentance for revival in the hope that God would be merciful to our churches,

the Southern Baptist Convention, the United

States of America and the peoples of the

world for the glory of His great Name.”

In a note to his congregation on June 14, Work said he was encouraged “that

beyond the presentation of this resolution, there are prayer and spiritual

awakening leaders across our nation who are ready to follow up on the subject

of the resolution with God-led attempts to put materials in the hands of

pastors that will enable them to lead their churches to re-prioritize prayer

and to lead their churches in corporate repentance and solemn assemblies.”

Work was excited that the resolution has been well received and was adopted

overwhelmingly by convention messengers.

“God is doing something bigger than just Candies Creek,” he told his members. “Keep

praying!”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Wilkey is editor of the Baptist and Reflector, newsjournal of

the Tennessee Baptist Convention.)

The full text of the resolution ON CORPORATE PRAYER AND

REPENTANCE follows:

WHEREAS, Both the Old and New Testaments, as well as church history, attest to

the reality that God works powerfully and manifests His presence among His

people through authentic God-seeking prayer and repentance; and

WHEREAS, Jesus expressed deep grief and righteous anger when He came to the

temple and found it to be something other than a “house of prayer for all

nations” (Mark 11:17); and

WHEREAS, The book of Acts teaches through the birth of the church that what is

birthed in prayer is of necessity sustained by prayer (e.g., Acts 1:14; 2:1,

42; 4:31); and

WHEREAS, The common corporate sins of many churches include, but are not

limited to, prayerlessness, lukewarmness, neglect of biblical church

discipline, and shallow relationships with God and with one another; and

WHEREAS, In our preoccupation with Mammon, we have too often embraced

unbiblical priorities in our spending, our giving, our response to the poor,

and our allocation of resources, assuming by our actions, contrary to our Lord’s

explicit teaching, that our lives consist in the abundance of our possessions

(Luke 12:15); and

WHEREAS, For the past fifty years wickedness and family collapse have been

increasing rapidly, and at the same time we have seen that programs and

strategies alone cannot revive lagging baptism rates or anemic discipleship;

and

WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention adopted the Great Commission

Resurgence Task Force report in 2010, a part of which called for pastors to

lead their churches in Solemn Assemblies “for the purpose of calling Christ’s

people to return to God, to repentance, and to humility in service to a renewed

commitment to Christ and the Great Commission”; and

WHEREAS, The Southern Baptist Convention adopted the addition to the Convention

Calendar of Activities a focused Day of Prayer for the SBC

in 2011 and for the years to follow; and

WHEREAS, God has already promised that He will not despise a “broken and

contrite heart” (Psalm 51:17); now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in

Phoenix, Arizona, June 14-15, 2011, do hereby beseech all pastors,

congregations, ministry leaders, and denominational workers to seek the Lord in

the manner of 2 Chronicles 7:14 and Joel

2:12-17, and to repent corporately in their various churches of all sins which

God’s Spirit reveals; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we call on all Southern Baptist churches to renew their

first-love devotion to Jesus Christ through full confession of and repentance

from all revealed sin, and that they humbly declare their utter dependence

upon, and glad surrender to, His grace; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we encourage all Southern Baptists to pursue a life of genuine

repentance, Kingdom-focused prayer times for sweeping revival and spiritual awakening,

and consistent prayer for specific lost people, missions, and ministry; and be

it finally

RESOLVED, That we urge Southern Baptist churches to embrace corporate prayer

and repentance for revival in the hope that God would be merciful to our churches,

the Southern Baptist Convention, the United States of America, and the peoples

of the world for the glory of His great Name.