Summary: A look at how to kindle the fire of revival in church. Covers some basic history, definitions of revival, and a challenge to be a revival church.
iii. Jesus Movement of the 1970s – 100k+
iv. Jesus Film – hard to benchmark
i. Baptist Pastor R.G. Lee - “If all the sleeping folk will wake up, If all the lukewarm folk will fire up, If all the dishonest folk will confess up, If all the disgruntled folk will cheer up, If all the estranged folk will make up, If all the gossipers will shut up, If all true soldiers will stand up, If all the dry bones will shake up, If all the church members will pray up... Then we can have a revival!”
3) Sparks of Revival
a. New Believers / Baptisms / New Staff
b. New Energy / Guilt / Vision / Dreams
i. My Dream – Not another 2000 years! The time for Revival is NOW!
ii. Let’s Look at Four Types of Kindling 2 Chronicles points out & God’s response once we have a fire going… Revival can be a Reality
I. Humble Themselves (Humility)
A) What does this mean?
i. Note easy to do.
ii. Not Prideful
iii. Allowing others to be successful
i. Pastor, I have a besetting sin, and I want your help. I come to church on Sunday and can’t help thinking I’m the prettiest girl in the congregation. I know I ought not think that, but I can’t help it. I want you to help me with it." The pastor replied, "Mary, don’t worry about it. In your case it’s not a sin. It’s just a horrible mistake."
ii. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. – Phillippians 2:3
C) If we are humble - Revival can be a Reality
i. God has to ask “those called by His name”
B) When God Talks
i. The Still Small Voice
ii. Our lives / churches are TOO LOUD to hear it!
iii. Sweet Hour of Prayer is NOT a reality
i. Sweet Hour of Prayer
ii. Take Time to Be Holy
D) Intercession for Lost – More souls today than ever before.
E) If we get back into serious prayer - Revival can be a Reality
III. Seek My Face (Relationship)
A) ILLUS – Cold Bride / 1956 Chevy Bel-Aire
B) Loved one’s face – Faces are Memorable, Personal, Unique
C) Why should I want a personal, intimate relationship with God?
i. Strength in hard times
ii. Comfort through loss
iii. Love at all times
D) If we Seek His Face - Revival can be a Reality
IV. Turn From Wicked Ways (Repent)
A) Not another “I’m sorry…” repeat
i. An authentic I’m wrong and repent!
ii. TURN – 180 degrees from
iii. Gordon MacDonald, -->Repentance is not basically a religious word. It comes from a culture where people were essentially nomadic and lived in a world with no maps or street signs. It’s easy to get lost walking through the desert. You become aware that the country side is strange. You finally say to yourself, I’m going in the wrong direction. That’s the first act of repentance. The second act of repentance is to go in an alternate direction. It implies that you not only do this but you admit it to your companions.
B) But I’m a Christian!
i. Do you have sin? Real unholiness?
ii. Jesus said to him, "’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ - Matthew 22:37
iii. Anything Less is SIN!