Fellowship Baptist Church believes that God’s plan for every Christian is that he lives the Christ-life on a consistent basis, is separated from the world and separated unto Christ in his personal lifestyle choices, and is evangelistic in his realm of influence, all under the enabling guidance of the Holy Spirit. This is God’s definition of the normal Christian life.
Sadly, most Christians do not live this normal life to which God has called them. Every believer, many times throughout his life, is in need of personal revival. We believe that revival is the renewing of the spiritual life that was displaced by the deadening effects of sin (Ps. 66:18; Rom. 6). The believer must confess all known sin to God, take the forgiveness and cleansing offered in 1 John 1:9, and submit again to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in his own personal walk with the Lord (Is. 57:15; Rom. 12:1-2). Only when this occurs can personal revival take place. The effects of personal revival will include conscious submission to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in every area of life (Rom. 8:1-2), consistent joy (Ps. 85:6), a renewed prayer life (Mk. 11:24; Rom. 8:26; 1 Thess. 5:17), and a keen awareness of the need to give the Gospel to the unsaved (Matt. 28:18-20; Jn. 4:35).
Fellowship Baptist Church believes that corporate revival is possible today. We do not believe that it is a spontaneous act of God, but rather that it is God’s action in response to a group of believers who come together in personal revival to seek for the general outpouring of the Holy Spirit on a specific place (Matt. 18:19-20). Revival comes when, as a whole, a group humbles themselves before the Lord, confessing unbelief, and claiming the promises of God through prayer (2 Chron. 7:14; Hab. 3:2). True revival is not always in the miraculous manifestations, for that can often be imitated humanly. True revival is God’s work, God’s way, in God’s people, that results in clear answers to prayer, brings about Satan’s opposition (Acts 4:29), and then clearly showcases God’s victory over Satan in the lives of individuals and churches (Is. 64:1-9; Col. 2:15).