Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS)s special spring chapel series, held from March 1-3, brought a new spiritual revival onto the campus.
Pastor Fred Luter of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans began the first of his series, titled How to Revive Dry Bones, by asking the audience how they handle the dry times in life when their spiritual needle is going on empty.
He described the times of spiritual dryness as when the joy of the Lord is a thing of the past, uninhibited praise is a distant memory, abundant life is something you hear other people talking about, other denominations, other churches talking about, but it really doesnt really relate. And revival is something that happens in other places and in other people.
If were honest with ourselves, many of us, if not most of us, can identify with the children of Israel, Luter said. Many of us, if were honest with ourselves, are like dead men walking. Weve lost our vigor. And we wouldnt know vitality if it slapped us in the face.
Pastor Luter preached from Ezekiel 37, providing an illustration of spiritually dry condition of believers by referring to Ezekiels vision of the valley of the dry bones
He then listed the four steps to spiritual revival:
First step: Dry bones must realize that theyre dry. No one should have to tell you youre dry.
Second step: Spiritually dry people must hear the Word of God.
Third step: Dry bones must respond to the Word of God.
Last step: Dry bones must be filled with the Spirit of God.
The Lord commanded Ezekiel to preach the Word, not the latest in politics, [but] the Word of God Words that bring nourishment to dry bones. Words that bring strength to brittle bones. Words that bring life to lifeless bones, he said, with the focus on the Word.
The reviving message of day two was on King Davids Cry for Revival as written in Psalm 143 where Luter reflected Davids "prayer, predicament, plea and proposition as he sought God for renewal," reports BP.
The last message delivered by Luter at MBTS was titled In the Masters Hands with its main focus on how were messed up with sin and that we cannot fix ourselves, but Gods got healing hands.
If you want to be revived, renewed, restored, rejuvenated, redeemed, put yourself in Jesus hands, Luter said. Put yourself in His hands, and I promise you, youll never ever again be the same.