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Week 1: Revival: Who Needs It?

Bob Bakke: I’ve been noticing a lot of people are taking pictures, a lot of selfies, a lot of group pictures. I love photography. Since the Brownie camera back about a hundred years ago, there’s been a lot of photography going on in the country. I mean, multitudes of pictures are being taken nowadays with our cameras. Snapshots can define a moment in life, can’t they? A place, a time that we cherish.

One of my favorite snapshots is of my parents. I think we have a picture of my parents that might pop up. It was taken in 1942 at their engagement party in my great-grandparents’ backyard in New York City, in Brooklyn, New York. My parents—I don’t know, I think they look great, don’t you? And I think this handsome young Army officer, pilot in the Army Air Corp, and his beautiful bride-to-be, my mother, having met in youth group in a church in Brooklyn and later married.

I have an older friend who has a picture on his iPhone of his beautiful thirty-something bride. It’s a beautiful picture, a wonderful picture. It’s on the home page of his iPhone so that whenever he opens it or turns on his iPhone, he sees that picture.

Well, my friend lost his wife to cancer a few years ago, and he still has that thirty-year-old picture of her. Her age was thirty years old. But whenever he looks at it, he does so with joy knowing that this is what she is going to look like when he sees her again in heaven. That picture is what I imagine my parents will look like when I meet them again in heaven.

Well, the Bible has snapshots, too. There are scenes. They’re frozen in time for us at least in our mind's eye. It helps us define our faith, these pictures do. Some of the snapshots are there in our mind's eye because we've seen great works of art, perhaps a fresco, perhaps a stained glass window of some kind—Abraham and Isaac on Mt. Moriah. There’s a picture of the cross, perhaps Jesus staring down at his mother alongside of John. Then Peter and John at the empty tomb, or Moses before the Red Sea.

I'm sure many of you have snapshots as you think of the Scriptures and the Bible stories because often we think in terms of pictures. It helps us when we upload them onto our spiritual hard drive. It helps us define our faith.

Well, tonight I would like to take you to one of my favorite snapshots in all of the Bible. It’s found in John chapter 12, when Jesus was adored by Mary of Bethany. I think it's a wonderful way to begin this entire conference, and I trust you’ll find it so.

Now, when it comes to worship, what does worship do? What does it do?

Well, the Lausanne Covenant says that worship:

  • Quickens the conscience by way of the holiness of God.
  • It feeds the mind with the truth of God. 
  • It purges the imagination by the beauty of God. (Don't you like that?) 
  • It opens the heart to the love of God. 
  • And then it devotes the will to the purposes of God.

And we're going to see all of these in this snapshot tonight—a conscience quickened because of the holiness of Christ, the truth of God. The mind filled with the truth of God feeding on it. The imagination purged by the beauty of Christ and on and on.

Now, for me the snapshot in Bethany we find all of these things. It's what adoration and devotion should look like now and forever. The apostle John thought so highly of this moment in his gospel that …