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Summary: God’s desire is that this latter day’s church would be greater in glory and power than the church was in the book of Acts. It’s time to contend for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our midst today, and pray for revival.

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REVIVAL #1: HUNGER AND THE NEED FOR REVIVAL

OPENING TEXTS:

“The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former.” (Haggai 2:9).

• The Lord declared that the glory of the latter church would be greater than the former.

• We’re not there yet! Look at the early church:

o Thousands of people were saved in a day

o Signs and wonders, healings and miracles were common place

o Peter’s shadow healed people; Paul’s handkerchiefs healed people

“Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but wait…until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49).

• The church today is a powerless church, but its time to change that. We need the power!

• Grew up in church that sang, “There’s gonna be a revival” but we never saw it…

• My prayer today is, “More, Lord!” There’s got to be more!

THE BIG IDEA: God’s desire is that this latter day’s church would be greater in glory and power than the church was in the book of Acts. It’s time to contend for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our midst today, and pray for revival.

KEY TEXTS:

“Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You?” (Psalm 85:6).

“O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years!” (Habakkuk 3:2).

• Two kinds of revival in the Bible: Personal and corporate - the church.

WHAT IS REVIVAL: Chayah: sustain life, be restored to life or health; to cause to grow; restore. Something that’s alive will be growing and bear fruit!

• When we are revived, we will be ‘juicy fruit’ Christians – full of the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control).

THE NEED FOR REVIVAL:

When the people of God are easily offended; easily gossip; compromise with and justify sin; act and talk just like the world, put sports over God’s house, neglect prayer and Bible reading…

REVIVAL HISTORY: Throughout the history of the church, there have been times where God has send fresh fire to stir up His people to seek after Him again.

1. 1500’s - the reformation – Luther and Calvin – reminded us salvation by grace alone

2. 1700’s - the first great awakening –Wesley, Whitfield, Edwards – evangelism

3. 1900’s - the Pentecostal revival – William Seymour at Azusa Street – Holy Spirit

THE WELSH REVIVAL OF 1904:

- 1904 - 26 year old ‘youth intern’ Evan Roberts had prayed for revival for 11 years.

- felt God was going to pour out a mighty spirit of revival on Wales - prayed, Bend me, O Lord!

- pastor led him speak following a prayer meeting, only 17 stayed, mostly youth & young adults.

- all ended up at altar crying out to God until 2 am. That week, 60 people were saved,

- next 1 1/2 years = revival in Wales, 100,000 people saved.

- changed national culture - bars & liquor stores shut down; entire police force dismissed

- would pray from 1-5 am; prayer meetings were multiplied (2,000 in a meeting).

AIMEE SEMPLE MCPHERSON AND THE FOURSQUARE GOSPEL CHURCH:

- Aimee was a farm-girl from Ingersoll, Ontario who started preaching at the age of 17.

- Foursquare church was birthed out of Holy Spirit empowered healing revival meetings.


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