REDMOND, Wash. (BP)--A pastor in Washington state led his congregation to observe a solemn assembly this fall, to repent of sins and seek God intensely -- and lives were changed. Now he is challenging other churches to throw off the grip of worldliness and set aside a day for repentance and renewed commitment.
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"I'm absolutely convinced that if there is not a significant awakening in the church, we're in serious trouble," Scott Brewer, pastor of Meadowbrook Church in Redmond, Wash., told Baptist Press.
"We are well past answers found in new strategies and new innovations and the best that we can produce. I think by and large, our churches are void of a manifest sense of God's presence that results in His empowerment of the mission," Brewer said.
Though his idea for a solemn assembly grew out of a personal retreat with God a year ago, Brewer said he was encouraged by the call of Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright and other SBC leaders for churches to observe a solemn assembly in January.
"It basically served to confirm in my own heart something I felt like God was up to, not just in our region but across our country," said Brewer, who is serving a second term as president of the Northwest Baptist Convention. Read More