When Religion isn't Enough

Sun, Nov 28, 2021
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction." - Malachi 4:5-6 (ESV) Revival is an amazing thing. What would it look like for a generation to have their hearts turned to Christ? To see a large group of people start following God would be incredible. But there is a problem with revival. Each generation must turn to Christ on their own. Several cycles of revival have been followed by the next generation turning away from their parents’ faith. This is what had happened in Malachi’s day. The nation had come back to from exile. Nehemiah had lead them to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem and strengthen their nation. Ezra had led them to turn their hearts in worship to God. However, as future generations passed, that fire in their hearts had dimmed. By the time of Malachi, the people had lost their heart connection to God. How would this be fixed? This Sunday we begin our advent series - Christmas in a Minor Key. We will be looking at different books in the Minor Prophets that point us to the truth behind Advent that these prophets reveal.
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