Sunday, April 14, 2024

ALTAR CALL: Pastor urges “Be guided by the truth”


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REVIVAL within the Body of Christ can only occur with the divine help of the Holy Spirit. He is the one who convicts, convinces, changes and cleanses our lives, and He is The Truth.
This was the message from Pastor Wendell Clarke, president of the Baptist Alliance of Barbados and head of Bethany Baptist Church, Mile-And-a-Quarter, St Peter, delivered at a week of revival services held recently at The People’s Baptist Church in Rock Hall, St Philip. Held under the theme The Holy Spirit Brings Revival, the services brought together members from Baptist churches across the island.
Clarke shared many scripture verses from the Book of John, as he spoke about the person and work of the Holy Spirit and of Jesus Christ.
Pointing out that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and that no man cometh unto the Father but through Him, Clarke said the Samaritan woman at the well (John Chapter 4), recognised Jesus as a true prophet and as the Truth.
He shared that she was so impressed with the conversation she had with Jesus that her message started a revival.
“The Holy Spirit brings revival through the revelation of truth. He brings truth to you.
When you are confronted with the truth, we have no choice but to be affected by it.
“The truth convicts you because He gives you the opportunity to realise who you are and tells you who God is. The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus on earth, not Himself,” Clarke said.
He said the woman at the well was convinced about the truth, and that change came when she shared the truth with others.
“All Christians should be true worshippers. The reason why people are living in darkness is because they are ignorant of the truth and are living a lie.
“When we see the truth and recognize the truth God has given us, then comes revival. When we have the revelation of who Christ is, then truth comes. The Holy Spirit  leads us to He who is the truth, and He who is the truth will set you free.”
He urged his listeners to always speak the truth, thereby identifying with the person of Jesus Christ.
“Don’t lie. Don’t pretend to be what you’re not. If you’re weak in an area, don’t cover it up. Confess your sins and God will forgive you.”
The week of services was filled with infectious worship and special ministry in song. It was also a time during which people rededicated their lives to God and pledged to serve Him wholeheartedly.
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