18 Oct “And the Bones Came Together” by Dave Gadoury
Believers in Rhode Island can sometimes seem like dry dead bones scattered on a valley floor. Signs of life are hard to see, sounds of celebration are silenced by the sandstorms of godlessness, and vital connections are stifled by the spirit of the ever-present “Independent Man” atop our capitol.
That is the way Ezekiel of old saw the woeful condition of God’s chosen people. They were like scattered, dry bones with no signs of life. They represented many people, but they were “very dry.” Some of our churches are like this.
The signs of life (strength, growth, enthusiasm, reproduction, and the like) are all too rare. Churches that have gospel truth seldom see new believers baptized and added. Others have pulpits and pews, but rarely hear the sound of the Biblical gospel. These conditions make us ask the same question that God put to Ezekiel: “Can these bones live?” (Ezekiel 37:3)
Do we believe that it is truly possible for beleaguered, plateaued, and declining churches to come awake with new life, new evangelistic boldness, and new fruit? Can the Spirit of God place His hand upon us and cause these bones to live?
Just such an awakening is what a small circle of Rhode Island pastors have been praying for, and it is their hope for the upcoming TOGETHER gatherings in Providence on October 21 and 22. The purpose of this two-day conference is to motivate, educate, and activate the Body of Christ in our area to live out the great commission through the advancement of evangelism in our region.
On Friday night, nationally-known evangelist Luis Palau will speak to a large convocation of believers at Providence’s Vets Auditorium about bringing the Gospel to our community. This will be followed by a time of united prayer and worship and crying out to God on behalf of our city, led by a cooperative group of local worship leaders.
On Saturday, in a series of plenary and breakout sessions, selected speakers will help leaders to bring about change in such diverse ways as:
- Planting additional churches
- Outwardly focused servant evangelism
- Cooperative, community service
- Leading the broken to Christ through Biblical counseling
- New financial investments in local evangelism.
- Intentional strategic prayer for evangelism in and among local churches
Can southern New England see such signs of new spiritual life? Those who are skeptical need to hear God’s promise as never before: “I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live.” (Ezekiel 37:14)
Go to TOGETHER for details and registration information.