Let The Revival Continue!
Sermon shared by George Dillahunty
Summary: Almighty Godís "Secret Weapon" - Revival - Part 2 in a 3-part series entitled, "Revival Fires"! This sermon relies heavily on the work of Raymond Perkins (October 2002), found at www.sermoncentral.com!
Series: Revival Fires
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: Believer adults
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The late great hymnist, William P. Mackay (1839 - 1885) wrote a hymn entitled "Revive Us Again" - also known as "We Praise Thee, O God" which will begin this second night of Revival quite well:
***"We praise Thee, O God! for the Son of Thy Love, For Jesus who died and is now gone above.
***We praise Thee, O God! for Thy Spirit of Light, Who hath shown us our Saviour, and scatteríd our night.
***All glory and praise to the Lamb that was slain, Who hath borne all our sins, and hath cleansíd every stain.
***Revive us again; fill each heart with Thy Love; May each soul be rekindled with fire from above.
***Hallelujah! Thine the Glory, Hallelujah! Amen. Hallelujah! Thine the Glory, Revive Us Again."
Once again, my brothers and sisters, my prayer for this evening is, "Light the fire, Lord, Itís time for Revival! Let there be a Revival in this place and let the Revival begin in me!"
In order to understand just what Revival is all about, we must first understand what Revival is not about! Revival is not just a three-day series of church services, much like any other worship service, lasting for three (3) nights instead of just one Sunday morning! Many of us have grown up with the idea that we would be going to church in the Spring and the Fall for Revival! It was thought of as just another series of services on the annual church calendar! Perhaps, someone has even thought of this Revival in that manner! However, my brothers and sisters, that is not Revival! It is a good thing, however, to be in Almighty Godís House - the "House of Prayer" - whatever the reason - but, that is not Revival!
Revival is not some evangelistic crusade, some evangelism congress, or some tent meeting! Now, donít get me wrong, here, some evangelism just might go on here, in this Revival, and that is a "good" thing - why? Because evangelism is what we, the "Body of Christ" ought to be doing; but, once again, my brothers and sisters, that is not Revival! Did you know that even church "growth" does not necessarily equate with Revival?
I hear you saying, why do you say that, preacher? We always get an increase in membership after a Revival! Well, you see, my brothers and sisters, it is quite possible for a "growing" church not to have Revival - why? Because Revival implies that spiritual numbness or lethargy exists in the church! Revival implies that the spirituality of the church has deteriorated or that the church has turned aside from spiritual matters - and, therefore, there is a need for Revival - a circumstance, I might add, that may or may not be the case in a "growing" church!
You see, my brothers and sisters, the very word "Revival" - itself - would indicate that something that is alive and vibrant is about to die and become useless - something is struggling to survive and needs to be revived or re-awakened! If you are not saved - if you are not a "born-again" Christian true believer, you do not need Revival - what you need is Regeneration - you need to be restored to a right relationship with Almighty God - you need to have your mind renewed - you need to get the fire started in the first place - you need to start something before you need to be rekindled! However, if you are truly saved, if you are, in point of fact, a Christian true believer, more than likely - if you live long enough - there will come a time, in your Christian life, when
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