The pastors baptized over 50 people. The line of those committing or recommitting themselves to Christ just kept growing. There were dads, young men, groups of friends, seniors, moms, daughters, young people. All were passionate about following the Lord’s leadership in their own heart.
The service was not scripted. It was pure, simple and profound. In some ways, it made me uncomfortable as I watched with my eyes and responded in my soul. But it was also incredibly appealing. Watching God work is both humbling and truly exciting.
One of the verses that was referenced comes out of the book of Isaiah: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)
“Behold” or “see” is an Old Testament way to demand that we all sit up and pay attention. Then the Lord makes His declaration: I am doing something new. In context, He was prophesizing about the destruction of Israel’s enemy, Babylon. The people were being taken captive. The land was over run. The temple was destroyed. But God gave them hope. He promised them a new thing.
But Isaiah was also foretelling about the coming of the Messiah. He was letting Israel know that God was going to fulfill His promises for a redeemer. He was assuring them that a totally new thing was coming, a new covenant based on the sacrifice of His Son.
And now, I believe He is promising Coast Hills Church a new thing.
I think He is inviting us to participate in a personal renewal and a corporate revival. The personal renewal requires each of us to sit before our maker and ask Him to cleanse us (activated by repentance), to direct us (sustained by our obedience) and to empower us (demonstrated in our service).
And for our full body of believers, I believe He is offering us an unprecedented opportunity for revival. Revival is what happens when there is an unadulterated expression of His Spirit. Revival is prayed for, anticipated, even expected. But it is not formulaic.
Revival is 50 some odd people clamoring to display the work of God through baptism. Revival is a church that sees itself as a bunch of food trucks, not a famous restaurant (Watch this video from the beginning of service) Revival is a rag-tag group of believers that desperately want to see God unfold a wonderful, unheard of thing right in the middle of their midst. They want to see Him empower them to reach out into the community and be the church.
God wants to do a new thing at Coast Hills. Don’t miss it!
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.