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Summary: In REVIVAL, JESUS DOES NOT JUST “PATCH-UP” YOUR OLD LIFE. HE MAKES ALL THINGS NEW!

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I¶ - I brought with me this morning some of my little boy Jack’s jeans...hole in the knee...What do you expect? A pastor’s kid ought to have “holy jeans” should he not? Oddly enough, from what I understand, the more full of holes & rugged looking a pair of jeans are, the “cooler” they’re supposed to be. In fact, some people buy “stone-washed” jeans so that they’ll be in style.

From time to time, however, you’ll see jeans with patches on them...Today, you can get iron-on patches to repair the holes...pre-shrunk & elastic... stretch w/ fabric. But back in Jesus day, patching a garment wasn’t so easy. In fact...

T¶ - Jesus used a parable of an unshrunk patch to illustrate the fact that He came to completely transform the lives of His followers - not merely patch up their old lives.

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R¶ - In REVIVAL, JESUS DOES NOT JUST “PATCH-UP” YOUR OLD LIFE. HE MAKES ALL THINGS NEW! But, so often, people experience a counterfeit revival - a mere “patching-up” of the old life rather than a surrender to the new! They don’t want a complete change of clothes. They just want to wear their same old torn carnal garment instead of receiving a new spiritual garment from God. What are some “patches” that we apply to our lives that rob us of genuine revival? The PATCH of...

1.)...REFORMATION without REGENERATION.

This applies primarily to the lost - if you haven’t been regenerated {i.e. “Born-again”}, you’re lost. “You must be born-again.”(John 3)

We make promises to God that we’ll “do better.” But Christianity is not “do-betterism,” it is a complete change from within brought about by the Spirit of God!

You may promise to do better &, as far as humanly possible, you might behave better. But God doesn’t grade on a curve! He demands total righteousness. His standard is perfection!

(Matt. 5:48)...And perfection = NOT HUMANLY POSSIBLE!

The inability to attain God’s standard causes some to reject Christianity. they think it is futile... don’t understand God’s grace... They may join the church, but there is NO INNER CHANGE!

Billy Graham - “I’ve spent my life preaching the gospel...watched thousands, literally millions walk the isle to accept Christ. Until I die, I’ll never know how few of them really meant it.”

And because so many think that Christianity = just “do-betterism,” the result = a torn spiritual life marked by FAILURE & a RETURN to the carnal living. (2 Peter 2:22)

[TR] The problem is, they never truly cross the line of repentance...leads to...

2.)...REGRET without REPENTANCE.

Feeling sorry for sin is NOT the SUM of REPENTANCE!

Regret by itself didn’t restore the prodigal son to his Father! (Luke 15:18) “I will get up and go to my father” Regret can serve as a CHEAP SUBSTITUTE for repentance.

“Repentance”{METANOIA}-a change of mind. Repentance = more than regret for sin, it involves turning from your sin & turning to Christ! (Acts 26:20)“performing deeds appropriate to repentance.”

Unfortunately, in the church, so many don’t believe that they have to turn!

Parable of the 2 Sons ill.(Matt. 21:30)“...and went.”


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