Dr. G. Campbell Morgan once said, “Revival cannot be organized, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again.” Unfortunately “Organizing revivals” is exactly what we are doing today. This sermon is about setting the sails of our churches to catch the wind from heaven so that we will be ready to sail when God chooses to blow upon us. [Image by: Stuck in Customs]
1. Unity and obedience
A. The disciples obeyed Jesus’ command to stay in Jerusalem, (Acts 1:4-5)
B. All of them were together waiting to be clothed with power from high, (Acts 2:1)
C. Disobedience and disunity are the crown foes of revival.
2. The fullness of the Spirit
A. The disciples themselves were afraid. They needed to be revived.
B. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was God’s way of reviving them.
C. Revival is a product of the Holy Spirit, (Acts 2:17-21). Without Him, revival is simply impossible.
3. Passionate proclamation
A. Peter’s was an authoritative sermon delivered passionately, (Acts 2:14; Acts 2:40)
B. The word proclaimed boldly and passionately is the fuel of revival.
C. I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn. (John Wesley)
A. Most people that heard Peter’s message were cut into their hearts and asked, “Brothers what must we do?” (Acts 2:37)
B. The repented were Jews that worshipped God, and 3000 of them were added to the church that day, (Acts 2:41)
C. Real revival takes place only when the church repents.
Revival begins with me. Therefore let each and every one of us is prepared in the four areas of Christian life I spoke about in this sermon. So that we will be able to catch the fullness of the upcoming revival.
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