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Summary: Shows the need every Christian has for a Revival.

DON’T YOU NEED A REVIVAL?

ACTS 19:18-20

January 31, 2001 (WED)

PARKERSBURG BAPTIST CHURCH

INTRODUCTION:

QUESTION—IS EXPECTING THE FULL SUPPORT FOR A SERIES OF REVIVAL MEETINGS ENTIRELY TOO MUCH FOR MOST CHURCH MEMBERS? IS THE ATTITUDE OF MOST MEMBERS, I’LL TRY AND MAKE IT ONE SERVICE, BUT DON’T EXPECT ME TO GIVE UP ALL MY NIGHTLY PLEASURES AND MAKE THEM ALL.

DON’T YOU NEED A REVIVAL? DO YOU NEED A:

PARDON FROM THE SAVIOR—I JOHN 1:5-10

DO YOU NEED TO CONFESS SIN TO CHRIST, AND REVIVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM TO WHAT IT ONCE WAS?

DO YOU NEED A COMPLETE PARDON FROM ALL SIN?

DO YOU NEED TO BE CLEANSED BY FAITH IN THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST?

WE ALL COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD, WHETHER SAVED OR UNSAVED.

IF YOU HARBOR SIN IN YOUR LIFE, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT IT MAY SEEM, YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

THE ONLY WAY TO RIGHT THIS RELATIONSHIP IS TO CONFESS YOUR SINS, AND BY FAITH BE CLEANSED OR RECEIVE A PARDON FROM THE SAVIOR.

THE SCRIPTURE SAYS HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

DON’T YOU NEED A REVIVAL? DO YOU NEED TO HEAR:

PREACHING OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES—II TIM. 4:1-3

DO YOU NEED TO HEAR THE PREACHING OF THE LORDSHIP OF THE SAVIOR?

DO YOU NEED TO HEAR THE PREACHING OF REPENT AND LEAVE YOUR SINS?

DO YOU NEED TO HEAR THE PREACHING THAT WILL INSTRUCT YOU TO GROW AS A SAINT?

ALL CHRISTIANS NEED TO HEAR ABOUT THE LORDSHIP OF THE SAVIOR. TO REMIND US OF WHO HE IS AND WHO WE ARE.

WE NEED TO BE REMINDED TO REPENT OUR SINS AND LEAVE THEM BEHIND. BECAUSE THIS IS THE ONLY WAY THAT WE CAN TRULY GROW AS A SAINT.

WE CAN STUDY THE BIBLE ALL WE WANT TO, BUT AS LONG AS WE DO NOT REPENT AND LEAVE THOSE SINS BEHIND, THEN THE SCRIPTURES ARE NOTHING BUT WORDS. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT GOING TO LEAD US OR DIRECT US THROUGH THE WORD, UNLESS WE ARE CONFESSED UP.

DON’T YOU NEED A REVIVAL? DO YOU NEED:

THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT—ACTS 1:8

DO YOU NEED THE SPIRIT WHO HAS THE POWER TO CLEANSE YOUR HEART?

DO YOU NEED THE SPIRIT WHO HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE YOUR HABITS?

DO YOU NEED THE SPIRIT WHO HAS THE POWER TO CALL YOU TO A PLACE OF SERVICE AND HONOR?

WE CHRISTIANS NEED THE SPIRIT MORE THAN WE KNOW. JESUS COMMANDED US TO GO TEACH ALL NATIONS, AND HERE IN ACTS 1:8 HE TELLS US HOW AND WHERE WE WILL GET THE POWER TO GO AND TEACH TO THE UTTERMOST PARTS OF THE EARTH.

HE COMMANDS US AND THEN HE EQUIPS US. DON’T WE HAVE A WONDERFUL SAVIOR?

THE SPIRIT TOO HAS THE POWER TO CLEANSE OUR HEARTS AND TO CHANGE OUR HABITS. THE SPIRIT IS ANOTHER PERSONALITY OF OUR TRIUNE GOD. THE SPIRIT HAS ALL THE POWER THAT GOD HAS. SO DON’T YOU THINK THAT SOMEONE WITH ALL THIS POWER CAN HELP US TO BE CLEANSED AND TO CHANGE?

THE SPIRIT WILL CALL US TO SERVICE AND HONOR. THE SPIRIT GIVES US THE POWER TO SERVE AND WHAT IS MORE HONORABLE THAN TO REACH HEAVEN, AND HEAR, WELL DONE THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT.

DON’T YOU NEED A REVIVAL? WILL YOU:

PLAN TO BE IN EVERY SERVICE—HEBREWS 10:25

DO YOU NEED TO BE THERE TO WORSHIP?

DO YOU NEED TO BE THERE TO WORK?

DO YOU NEED TO BE THERE TO WITNESS?

IT IS TRUE THAT ONE CAN WORSHIP GOD ALONE, AND IN HIS/HER OWN WAY. AND THIS IS ENCOURAGED IN OUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.

HOWEVER, WE HAVE NUMEROUS ACCOUNTS LISTED IN THE SCRIPTURES WHERE GOD RESPONDS TO THE VOICES OF MANY.

TIME AND TIME AGAIN, GOD RESPONDED TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL AS THEY WOULD REPENT AND HAVE A NATIONWIDE REVIVAL.

THE PRAYERS OF ONE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. BUT I BELIEVE THE PRAYERS OF ONE BODY, MAKE AN IMPACT UPON GOD.

WHAT DOES CHRONICLES 7:14 THAT WE READ LAST WEEK SAY?

“IF MY (PERSON) PEOPLE, WHICH (IS) ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, SHALL HUMBLE (HIMSELF) THEMSELVES AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM (HIS) THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE (HIS) THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL (HIS) THEIR LAND.”

WE SHOULD NEVER FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING OF OURSELVES TOGETHER.

WE NEED TO WORSHIP TOGETHER, WORK TOGETHER, AND BE IN EVERY SERVICE TO WITNESS TO THE LOST THAT MAY BE DRAWN IN.

WE EACH HAVE A PURPOSE IN THE WORK AND WORSHIP OF GOD.

DON’T YOU NEED A REVIVAL? DO YOU NEED TO BE:

PART OF THE SOUL-WINNING—ACTS 4:32

DO YOU HAVE A BURDEN FOR THE LOST? AS A CHRISTIAN YOU SHOULD. BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED FROM AND WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO.

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