By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
INGREDIENTS FOR REVIVAL
(REVIVAL OF A GREAT NATION)
Expository: Ezra 9:5-9
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Background: Rebuilding of the temple - revival.
God is willing to revive His people.
Psalm 138:7-8; 85:6.
God wants His people to be alive, vibrant, moving, and progressing.
Today, let's search out some ingredients for revival from the Old Testament.
REDISCOVERY OF GOD'S BOOK.
II Kings 22:8.
Josiah wanted reform but could not seem to make things happen fast enough.
The discovery of the book of the law was the answer.
Neh. 8:1-6 - note the respect for the Word.
Many today are hungry for God's ways.
Cannot be found in tradition, subjective feelings, or the "family religion."
We need to re-discover God's book.
The importance of knowledge.
"Church going" alone does not insure one of learning God's book. It requires study - study - and more study.
A GREAT SEARCHING OF THE HEART.
Before we can hope for a revival, a vibrant spirit, we must realize where we stand with God.
LEADERS THAT WILL LEAD.
Judges 5:1-2 - caused a 40 year revival - (v. 31).
A church must have leadership - God ordained leaders.
Matthew 16:24 - "...follow me..."
John 10 - Jesus the Good Shepherd - leader.
A church that does not have proper leadership has trouble.
PEOPLE THAT WILL FOLLOW.
Judges 5:2 - people offered themselves willingly.
Hebrews 13:17 - submit.
I Peter 5:5-6.
PEOPLE WITH A MIND TO WORK.
I Thess. 5:12-22.
REALIZE THAT YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.
To have a revival you must contribute something toward change.
Are you looking for a revival in your life?
Are you looking for a revival in this congregation?
Are you willing to do your part?
Do you even care?
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