By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
REVIVE US AGAIN
REVIVAL is a needed theme.
Revival is a misunderstood word.
Psalm 85:6. (KJV).
Revelation 2 and 3.
5 out of 7 churches need a revival.
Revival for survival.
There must be a revival.
Repent or die was Jesus' words.
We need a revival in this church today.
REVIVAL IN EVANGELISM.
Unbelieving sinners who do not know Jesus.
Fallen brethren who have forgotten Jesus.
World wide level.
We need to see men as they really are - LOST!
One man in every country will not do.
First century church had a "VIVAL" for evangelism.
Acts 6:7 - multiplied.
Acts 9:31 - was multiplied.
When the "Word" was preached, people were saved.
This identifies our problem - we are not preaching the Word enough.
REVIVAL IN A SENSITIVITY TOWARD SIN.
As sensitive to sin as a finger on a razor blade.
Jesus was sensitive to sin.
Paul was sensitive to sin.
Acts 17:16-31 - His natural reaction was to preach the truth.
We have become dull to sin. It no longer hurts us.
REVIVAL IN OUR SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY.
To the lost of this world.
Individually and congregationally.
Matt. 5:13 - salt of the earth.
Has a preserving power.
Has a penetrating power.
To the local church.
"Be willing and ready."
REVIVAL IN SEEING THE ENORMITY OF OUR TASK.
(NOTE: Update figures before using.... things change quickly)
All the world - every creature - Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16.
Population of the earth grows -- our task grows.
250 million in Jesus' day.
850 million in 1776.
1.7 billion in 1914.
4 billion in 1972.
By the year 2000 - 7 billion. (Our task is not getting any smaller)
Illustration of a billion:
Preach to 1000 people every hour, 24 hrs. per day, (24,000 people per day),
(8,670,000 per year). It would take 400 years to reach 4 billion (if no
one died and no one was born.)
What can we do?
Hide our head in the sand and let people go to Hell.
Begin working them off one at a time.
"Harvest is plenteous - labors are few."
Our task grows.
75 million per year.
205,479 per day.
REVIVAL IN OUR PRAYER OF GREAT CONCERN.
The early church was a praying church.
When is the last time you prayed for a lost person, by name?
Pray that the Lord of Harvest will send reapers.
REVIVAL IN OUR MOTIVES.
Some serve out of ritual.
Some serve out of duty.
We should serve out of love.
Example: Rev. 2 - Ephesus.
Left their first love.
Started with good motives - Acts 19.
Burned magic books worth 50,000 pieces of silver.
We need to re-examine our motives.
REVIVAL IN OUR COMMITMENT TO CHRIST.
Christ as Lord - Acts 2:36.
Peter walking on water - faith in the Lordship of Christ.
We need to finish what we started - Rev. 3:2.
REVIVAL IN OUR FAITH.
Faith in the God that controls the world.
Does there need to be a revival in your life?
You must be totally honest with yourself.
Is there a place in your life for renewal.
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