On June 2, 2020, Pastor Bai Yu'e shared about the revival of the church in a live broadcast platform called “Bright Thinking.” He shared that revival could be achieved by listening and doing, loving one another, and glorifying God while serving others.
1. Listening and doing
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:41-42)
The revival of the church meant that every brother and sister could listen to the Word and do what it said, just like the apostles who served in Jerusalem.
Listening to the word produces confidence and faith. The basic principle of church revival is listening and doing. The soul is nourished by walking in God’s will.
2. Love one another
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts. (Acts 2:45-46)
All the believers were together and had everything in common. They expressed their love to each other by being together. The one who loves us will also stay with us. Jesus was willing to be with us, and His name was Immanuel, which meant “God with us”. Therefore, no matter where you are, when church’s reopened, everyone needed to go back “home” and be with each other.
Loving one another was also the new commandment that Jesus gave us. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ”(John 13:34) Wherever love is, this is where God is. This is the reason why the church is not a building, but a group of people who love the Lord.
3. Glorify God and benefit people
Christians are to praise God and enjoy the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:47)
The revival of the church required every brother and sister to glorify God. As long as brothers and sisters have needs, they should pray together. Sometimes we might not know what to do, but when we seek Him, He will give us wisdom.
The responsibility of a church that has been revived doesn’t depend on one person, it depends on all of us. Love the Lord, care for one another, show more compassion, give more comfort, and don’t be selfish. Don’t live in your own world, but see the needs of others, and do your best to help, this is what gives meaning to our lives.
- Translated by Elaina Wu