It used to be commonplace in Christian colleges to begin the school year with an opening revival. Sad to say, this practice has diminished over the years. Some schools have shortened their opening meetings while others have eliminated the practice altogether. Why does a Bible college like Ambassador have opening revivals? Here are three reasons to consider:
There is no better way to start a college year than drawing near to God. When students come to ABC as a freshman, they experience a number of emotions. Some experience homesickness. Others experience anxiety because of their unfamiliarity with a college environment. The cure for these emotions and the many others is drawing closer to God. God promised to draw near to us when we draw near to Him (James 4:8).
Revival is needed in our churches and our country. Too often, Christian colleges have become scorners of revival instead of advocates for it. Our next generation of preachers and Christian workers must have a hunger for righteousness and a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
The preaching of the Word of God can change lives. God has promised to bless His Word, and on numerous occasions in the Bible, He worked powerfully through the preaching of the Word. The Bible is a light for our path (Psalm 119:105) and a sword that pierces our soul (Hebrews 4:12). The preaching of the prophets brought many under conviction, and the preaching of the Apostles led many to Christ. In a day that has minimized preaching, we need Bible preaching more than ever.
The fall opening revival wil be held August 26-30. Evangelist Rich Tozour will be preaching each morning at 10 am and Dr. Alton Beal will be preaching in the evenings (except Wednesday night) at 7 pm. All services can be watched at ambassadors.edu or on the college’s YouTube channel. Your prayers for this special week are much appreciated.