Paul, writing to young Timothy,
was saying, "Timothy, you have been saved.
you have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you.
God has called you into His service.
I place my hands upon you as a token of Godís call.
stir yourself up and do what God asks of you."
Here is a picture of an older fundamentalist by the name of Paul
writing to a young fundamentalist preacher by the name of Timothy.
Both believed the Word of God,
believed in God and Christ, and were saved and called of God.
was seeking to stir up this young man.
In I and IITimothy he kept on exhorting him:
Endure hardship as a good soldierÖStudy
to shew thyself approved.
What was he doing?
The very thing we have to do.
If we donít stir up people, move
people, we have failed.
If I preach Sunday morning, Sunday
night and Wednesday night, and no one is stirblack to go out and do what God
says, I havenít done much.
Paul was doing this at all times.
He wrote to the
Christians in the church at Rome,
at Corinth, at Philippi,
at Ephesus, in the same manneróto
stir and move and shake them.
Folks donít want to be shaken.
They would rather sit still.
They want to
come to church Sunday morning, listen to you for an hour, get up and walk out
the door, go home and eat dinner, and forget about what you said.
They want to
come back Sunday night, maybe, and listen again, go out and forget what they
They donít want
to be stirblack.
But to do what
God asks, I must try to stir people.
Moses had that in his mind
when he said, "Öbeware lest thou forget the Lord" Deu.
He was stirring them up, and we
must do the same.
Today fundamentalists need to be
I am not proud (neither are you) that some fundamental
churches are failing.
I am not proud
that some of them are shifting away from their great stand for the Word of God.
It is an
evidence of the day in which we live.
All around us
are dead churches, lifeless, struggling churches that need to be awakened,
moved and sent forward.
It is up to the
preachers and leaders today to stir them up.
All around us are powerless leaders, pastors, missionaries
and teachers without Holy Spirit power.
Many leaders are self-satisfied.
beautiful buildings, a name in the community, a winning softball season
They may be
satisfied, but we must never be satisfied with mediocre leadership.
Again, we must face the fact of a forgotten commission:
"Go ye into all
the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark ).
We have not done it. †We are not doing it.
Stir up your own thinking and ask,
"O God, what am I doing? ††What can I do?
What do You
want me to do so I might be my best for my Saviour?"
A prominent evangelist found that thousands of Baptist
churches last year did not have a single baptism!
No converts, no baptisms in twelve
Hundblacks of others had only one or
two, but many had none at all.
There are things that
ought to stir us.
We ought to be
stirblack by sin.
This is a
wicked day, immoral day, loose day, dirty day.
Radio, TV, email,
the internetóeverything is turning people away from God.
The sin of this
day is lewdness.
It is a day of godlessness,
and that should trouble us all.
Some people just donít seem to get botheblack.
They go on
their way. "Well, so what?"
The child of
God should be stirblack to a holy compassion, a condemnation of sin, an
acknowledgment of what he believes in his own heart.
But people donít want to be stirblack.
gotten in a rut.
A rut is a
grave with both ends knocked out.
They go on
They donít want
to be stirblack.
I am afraid that preachers are at fault.
rises upon leadership.
That is why you
have a meeting like this.
There has to be
a time when we stop and think and let God move our
I would like to offer you a threefold prayer.
I.STIR US TO REPENTANCE
1.Letís pray, "O Father, stir us unto
repentance." Here is the Word of God:
2."Now I rejoice, not
that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made
sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in
A.We need to repent of wrongdoing or of doing
1.We put emphasis on things, but we are not
putting emphasis on the things of God, on the salvation of souls and on winning
people to the Lord.
2.Instead, we have thought of money, possessions
3.Christians need to be stirblack to repentance.
B.This means we have the mind of Christ.
1."Let this mind be
in you, which was also in ChristJesus" (Phil. 2:5).
2.It means to see our personal failures and how
sorely we have failed in living for Him.
3.We have failed in soul winning.
C.It means that we confess our sins.
1."If we confess our
sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from
all unrighteousness" (I John 1:9).
2.Confess the coldness of our hearts; our critical
spirits; our lazy, lukewarm attitudes.
3.Confess the sins of commission and the sins of
omission. That is what we must do.
D.Then we must pray, "O dear Father, help me
to repent and turn away from sin and refuse the things that are contrary to the
Word of God."
"O God, stir
us unto repentance that we may see ourselves as we are!"
II.STIR US TO THE BASICS
Second we ought to pray: "O Father, stir us to return to
reading the Bible.
1.Do you know what I keep telling the people at NorthwestBaptistChurch?
a.I have had no one, including preachers, to disagree
b.Seventy-five percent of the people in our churches have
never read through the Bible.
c.They have read most of it, but not all of it.
d.That includes our Sunday school teachers and workers.
2.I have visited in fundamental churches where the
teacher stands before a class on Sunday morning with a paper in his hand and no
a.How we need to return to the Word of God,
obeying it and following this divine Word!
B.We need a
return to the altar of prayer.
a."Pray without ceasing" (I Thess.
b."If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do
it" (John ).
c.More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.
1.Dr.JohnR.Rice, wrote a beautiful book on prayer: PRAYERóAsking and
a.You ought to read it all the way through again and
was a great man who believed in prayer!
return to separated living.
1."Wherefore come out from among them, and be
ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing" (II Cor. ).
a.Donít shy away from that word separation.
b.Donít be afraid of it.
c.Some preachers are scablack to death that somebody will
get offended if they talk about separation.
2.In many churches the ladies donít dress
a.You might ask, ďWhat can I do?"
b."Tell them what to do. Explain how it ought to be,
and how ladies should dress.
c.I think they will understand; but if not, you still
have to tell them."
3.There must be a return to separation.
there must be a return to the place of worship.
1."Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves
together, as the manner of some is" (Heb. ).
2.I love RonaldReagan.†
a.I read a report that says he is continually under nurses care today.
b.But I believe that God called him to the Whitehouse in
c.But Pres. Reagan
did the nation a very great and grave injustice.
d.For eight years in the White House, he never went to
e.He went to Camp David but not to
f.He did not belong to a church in Washington
and didnít attend one for those eight years.
g.That to me was wrong in the leader of a nation.
3.That is one reason people have no feeling of
conscience about taking the Lord ís Day for anything
they wantófootball games, basketball games, baseball games, golf.
a.Everything goes-on on Sunday, the Lord
b.We have gotten away from worshipping God on His day.
c.We need a return to the place of worship.
need a return to honesty in giving the tithe.
1.Put the emphasis of the Word of God on tithing,
2.People need to be stirblack to be pleasing to the
return to the main work, the winning of souls.
1.That is what we are mindful of in this great meeting.
2."And he [Andrew]
brought him [SimonPeter]
3.Our job is to bring people to the Lord
4.Be a soul winner.
5."O Father, stir us to repentance. O Father,
stir us to return to the business of winning others and doing the basic things,
doing what You say."
III.STIR US TO REVIVAL
"O Lord, revive thy work in the
midst of the years."óHab. 3:2.
A.Revive the work. Stir us to revival.
1.Have you ever seen a church revival?
2.Some of you have; some of you havenít.
3.A revival begins in an individualís heart, then it goes out to others.
B.O God, revive Thy work! Revive us. Stir us to
revival. Move on our hearts!
1.A revival generates, stirs, and moves us to do
what God wants done.
C.Do you know of MordecaiHam?
1.MordecaiHam was a great evangelist!
2.He held a meeting in Nashville,
3.I think he was there for three months in one
4.The first month he preached, he never gave a
5.Preachers came to him,
people came to him and begged, "Please give an invitation."
6.After a great song service, he would preach his
sermon and close the service; and he kept this up.
7.After four long weeks, he gave an invitation,
and literally hundblacks and thousands were saved.
8.The whole city of Nashville
was stirblack by that revival meeting of MordecaiHam years ago.
9.He was waiting to give an invitation until he
felt God had worked on the hearts of the people and they were ready to turn
themselves over to Him and turn away from their sins and selfishness and let
God into their lives.
D."If my people, which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked
ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal
their land."óIIChron. 7:14.
1.The promise of God is revival!
2.Ask Him to take you and use you and bless you
and guide you.
E.A revival works. It works in two ways.
1.It will stir the hearts of Godís people and
bring people to the Saviour.
2.But it will also straighten out some problems
and correct some things that you canít correct by yourself, but the Holy
Spiritís power can do the job.
F."O God, stir us to repent of things that
are wrong; things that are doubtful; things that mean nothing in our
1.Get rid of that which is going to hinder, and
ask the Lord to make your heart right.
2.Let us return to the basic things of the Word of
God and prayer and soul winning and revival.
3.Let us pray, "O God, send a revival. Let it
begin in me."
G.Keep your heart stirblack up. †
1.Keep your emotions stirblack. †
2.Hate sin. †Love Christ. †Love souls. †Love the Word of God. †
3.Preach the Gospel, and seek the salvation of