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WHAT IS REVIVAL AND RENEWAL?
See also AN AWAKENED PEOPLE

Identification of the elements that define revival,
with a look at examples from the Old &
New Testaments & later history.

MUSIC

A. A TESTIMONY

1. TIMES UP! - James 4:13-14

2. Prayer - Philippians 1:19-20

B. REVIVAL DEFINED:

1. An Overwhelming Sense of the Presence of the Lord

2. God Stirring the Hearts of his People by:

a. Coming to dwell with them

b. Pouring out his Spirit

c. Showing them their sin

d. Causing repentance to go deep

e. Exalting his mercy

f. Providing a deep sense of being in his sight

g. Causing faith to be strong

h. Enabling bold witness and service

i. Causing joy to overflow

j. Isaiah 40:6-8

C. REVIVAL IN HISTORY

1. Solomon's Temple Dedication

a. II Chronicles 6:40 to 7:1-3

b. "The glory of the Lord filled the temple"

2. New Testament

a. Acts 1:8 - Power to witness

b. Acts 2:36-43 - Three Thousand repent

c. Acts 4:31 - Everyone filled with the Holy Spirit

3. Reformation: 1517, Luther; Calvin

4. The Great Awakening: 1735, Jonathan Edwards,
   George Whitefield, John Wesley

5. Prayer Revival: 1857-58

a. 3,000 meet daily for prayer

b. One million converts

c. Battleship North Carolina a center of revival during Civil War

D. THE PROGRAMS PEOPLE RUN

1. Organizing Life

2. Evaluating

a. Good and bad philosophy

b. I Timothy 6:20-21

c. Colossians 2:8

3. Change Needed:

a. New heart - Matthew 15:18-19

b. New thoughts - Romans 12:1-2

c. New desires - Ephesians 4:17-24

THE PROBLEM: WHY NO REVIVAL?

1. Visionless - Amos 6:1; Psalm 137

a. Powerless religion - II Timothy 3:1-5

b. Lethargy - Revelation 3:14-19

 THE ANSWER: PRAYER,   Click to watch" THY KINGDOM COME "

"The Lord's Purpose & Provision in the Lord's Prayer",
 by Michael Oh, B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and an M.A. from Harvard University.  AUDIO

1. Praise for God's kingdom and glory

a. Motive - Matthew 6:5-15

b. Response - I Peter 2:9-10

2. Prayer promises - Luke 11:1-13

3. Power and Presence of Christ

a. John 7:37-39

b. Zechariah 4:6

c. Authority - Matthew 28:16-20

4. Personalize by faith

a. Who we are!

b. Repent of doubt and fear - Matthew 28:17; Matthew 6

c. Revival - Speak this word in private prayer

d. Revival - Speak this word in calling for corporate prayer


GUIDE FOR INDIVIDUAL PRAYER

READ JAMES 5:13-20

1- Count the number of times prayer is mentioned here. _______

2- What conditions should we pray about? ____________________________________________

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3- In what ways should the example of Elijah encourage us to pray ? ________________________

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4- List the promises in verses 15-16. _______________________________________________________________________________

5-Thank God now for these promises.

READ II CHRONICLES 7:12-16 AND II CORINTHIANS 6:14-7:1

1- Why does James join confession and prayer? (James 5:16)

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2- To what is your attention drawn as you meditate on these Scriptures?

Make note of that here. ______________________________________________________________

3- As you pray :

A. Confess your sins.

B. Pray that we would all seek the Lord and be open to confession of sin to God
     and one another as the Lord provides conviction.

C. Pray for renewal; that we all might know the fullness of the presence of the Holy Spirit in power.
     Ephesians 6:18; John15:16

We are the temple of the living God. Just as God said,
"I will dwell in them and walk among them;
and will be their God, and they shall be my people."

 Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 32:38; Ezekiel 37:27; II Corinthians 6:16

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