Pastor Sam Crosby
San Saba’s First Baptist Church
May 8, 2017
Revival services are planned under the tabernacle in Richland Springs beginning this Sunday, May 14th. My brothers and I are privileged to lead the meetings, with the help of the Praise Team of San Saba’s First Baptist Church. My mother will also attend, and I’m sure is already fervently praying for the Lord to send His Spirit upon that place. We can plan services, but only God can send revival.
There’s an old song that says, “Twas an old fashioned meeting in an old fashioned place, where some old fashioned people had some old fashioned grace. As an old fashioned sinner I began to pray, and God heard me, and saved me in the old fashioned way” (Old Fashioned Meeting, Herbert Buffum). There is only one way to be saved, and that is through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. That is old fashioned since it has its roots in the first century when Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
There have been no modifications to God’s original plan. There are no new requirements added over the years. There are no other ways provided other than the Lord Jesus Christ. He said plainly, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:16). The Bible has not changed. There are no new revelations and no new apostles with special insight that somehow was overlooked. Salvation, you might say, is old fashioned.
The irony of this old fashioned salvation is that it has the same power in this present age! The blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross still has the power to cleanse the sins of man. The same Holy Spirit that fell on those first believers is still at work in the lives of people today. The power of the resurrection of Jesus, which occurred 2,000 years ago, still holds promise for eternal life to those who believe right now. The old fashioned salvation is very much present tense for those who call upon Jesus Christ!
The world has definitely changed through the centuries, but the needs of the soul are the same for every generation. We need forgiveness of our sins. We need fellowship with God. We need purpose in life. And we need peace in death. There have been no advances in science or technology that have removed these needs from our soul. You and I are empty without Jesus. We are lost and away from God and burdened by our sin. Paul simply said, “…Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners,…” (I Timothy 1:15, NKJ). Though they were written thousands of years ago, these words are true today.