Revival - (1) an improvement in condition or strength of something; (2) a reawakening of religious fervor, especially by means of a series of evangelistic meeting.
I think when most people think of Revival at a church they think of the second definition. I know for a long time that is what I thought. You know a rousing, foot stompin', hands raised, hallelujah, amen, "preach it brother" kind of service. This is a revival service geared towards the lost - those who don't have a saving relationship with Christ Jesus. The music stirs the soul of the lost person and then the preacher preaches a turn or burn, you gotta have Christ Jesus as your Lord and Saviour sermon. Usually you see many people saved at these kind of services and that's a great thing.
But revival services are also for those who know Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour. We are told to, "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." (1 Timothy 6:12). But you know what? Sometimes a person can get tired of fighting the good fight, our spiritual tanks start to run dry and God knows that. That is why He told us not to miss gathering together regularly, so that we could encourage each other. And that is why He has given the gift of exhortation to some so that they can give us that extra boost we need. It is this kind of service that can ignite the fire of a otherwise dead church body.
Of course if done right a revival service will encompass both definitions. And you will have a service that not even the gates of Hell can stand against. Ronnie, the Testermans, and the Fanchers do it right! So I pray I see ya, at our Revival services.