A two-week visit to Israel last fall inspired Casky Baptist Church pastor Jesse Brown to plan an "unusual" event for his congregation and the community.
Starting Monday, 10 Baptist pastors from 10 local churches will be guest speakers during the five-day "Eyes to See" spring revival at 4090 Casky Lane. The revival continues through March 29.
"It was a good time and God started speaking some things to me (in Israel) -- some unusual things," he said. "This was what God put on my heart -- to gather a five-night revival with 10 speakers. I want people to get hit with all kinds of different viewpoints in the Word and different ideas."
A 6 p.m. meal kicks off the revival each night, with worship services starting at 6:30 p.m. Child care will be available.
To determine who would speak at the spring revival, Brown said "I prayed one time. I wrote down 10 names. I contacted those 10 guys and they all 10 said 'yes.' That's it. I feel like God was in the middle of it."
Each night will feature two pastors in the pulpit.
"I'm excited about it," Brown said. "Every one of these men, I believe, are situated uniquely to deliver a unique perspective of the Gospel."
Brown said the focus of the week will be on Acts 2:17 -- "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams."
"That's what we've been praying about is prophecy, dreams and visions," he said. "We want people to look at what God's doing around them, in them and through them."
The theme "Eyes to See," Brown said, comes from a story of the prophet Elisha who was surrounded by enemies in 2 Kings 6.
"Elisha prayed God open his eyes so he could see," he said, citing verse 17. "The physical is easy to see, but we want to see the spiritual -- the supernatural. We want to see what God is doing behind the veil of our sin, behind the veil of this world."
Cheri Pugh, a member of Casky Baptist Church for 27 years, said she is looking forward to the revival.
"The last two weeks (the pastor) has been preparing us -- the congregation -- for this revival," she said. "You can feel the spirit stirring us as a congregation already. I don't know what's going to happen during this revival, but I already feel revived."
With a membership of 150, Brown said he is looking for God's direction for the church through the revival services.
"My personal prayer is that through this collective process -- the shared experiences -- that God will begin to speak individually to people, but he will build a consensus around a central idea … and tell us where we need to go," he said. "We're looking forward to that."
Brown said this community needs revival as well.
"In our community there is a lot of sheep stealing, church hopping and pew swapping going on," he said. "It's not the pastors' faults, but I would like to see our churches … begin to act like the church -- pursue lost people … and get behind the gospel."
As he prepares for services to begin Monday, Brown invited the community to attend the spring revival. He hopes for a "standing-room only" crowd, but said the services will also be livestreamed on the church Facebook page for those who cannot attend.
"If you're interested in seeing God move in abundant ways and opening your eyes to what he wants to do in and through you … then, I think you'd be exceedingly wise to come to Casky Baptist Church and see what happens," he said.
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