Summary: This sermon focuses on the importance of the Holy Ghost working within the Church.
WE CAN’T MOVE AHEAD WITHOUT
We would all agree that we desperately need Revival.
Revival in the classroom & family room.
In the community & the church.
Hear what some have said about Revival:
Evangelism affects the other fellow; revival affects me.
Leonard Ravenhill (1867-1942)
Revival is the inrush of the Spirit into a body that threatens to become a corpse.
D. M. Panton
Some churches are so dead they don’t need revival--they need resurrection.
One day a lady asked Billy Sunday: “Why do you keep having revivals when it doesn’t last?” He asked her, “Why do you keep taking baths?”
2 Kings 6:1 And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.
2 Kings 6:2 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye.
2 Kings 6:3 And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go.
2 Kings 6:4 So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.
2 Kings 6:5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.
2 Kings 6:6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast [it] in thither; and the iron did swim.
2 Kings 6:7 Therefore said he, Take [it] up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.
If you want to find out what matters most to someone, read their last words.
As followers of Jesus Christ we need to know what matters most to him, for that which matters to him, must matter to us as well.
Before his ascension:
Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with [them], commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, [saith he], ye have heard of me.
Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Acts 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
The one reason the church at Jerusalem was so dynamic was that is got off to a great start.
Jesus told them in Acts 1:8--DON’T HAVE CHURCH UNTIL THE HOLY GHOST SHOW’S UP.
So it is today--Church ain’t Church until the Holy Ghost comes!!!!
The greatest need of this hour, for the church & Christians alike is to be filled, & full of the Holy Ghost:
It is the power that made the early church --THE CHURCH!
THE HOLY GHOST MADE THE DIFFERENCE!!
The Church he started was a Pentecostal Church -- you cannot change fact!
As we look at the portion of Scriptures—
We see one day the young students came to Elisha & said—
The place we are at is to small—
These young prophets were at a place, where they need to enlarge—
They saw the need for growth!
Can I tell you--Where you are at is to small-You & I need to grow--IN GOD!
When they arrived at the Jordan
They began cutting down trees, & as one was chopping the ax head fell off the handle into the water.
Look at the lessons they were taught.
Work comes to a halt -- WITHOUT THE AXE HEAD--
Here they are in a crucial moment--& the very thing they need to complete the work in Gone!
Child of God hear me--We are at a crucial moment in time—
If we the church of the living God, are going to make an impact in this hour it will
take more that softball, bean suppers, & trips to the six flags
IT IS GOING TO TAKE THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST!
There can be no doubt that the need above everything else in the A/G is the Power of the Holy Ghost---