GOD’S REVIVAL

02 July 2017
Acts 8:4-8
Introduction
Revival is defined as the revitalizing of all parts of the Body so that the ministry-life of Jesus can flow freely to the lost, the hurting, and the needy. It’s like a human body getting a fresh surge of life in it, like the arteries being purged of blockages, like cholesterol. It’s like a spring cleaning of our souls, so we can be filled with the power and grace of the Holy Spirit, individually, and as a church family.

I – The Breakthrough at Samaria

What happened?

a.    They preached (v4-5)
Preaching is not just speaking from the pulpit, as the word here gives a picture of people talking about the Lord a lot, how good and loving He is.
b.    There were meetings with Gospel impact (v6)
People were inviting people to places where God is moving.
c.    Spiritual status of things were being overthrown (v7)

The Lord comes to break chains, heals the sick, and reconcile people.
d.    There was an entry of grace bringing joy (v8)

What changed things?
a.    The promise of the Gospel (v4)
-    The Lordship of Messiah (v5)
-    The Kingdom of God (v12)
-    The name of Jesus (v12)
b.    The practice of the messengers (Acts 6:10)
The example of Stephen shows that the disciples were filled with God’s wisdom and the Holy Spirit. They were people for whom the need of others, not their own, set their priorities = making them irresistible witnesses.

II – God and City-wide Breakthrough
Samaria (Acts 8), Jerusalem (Acts 3-4), Joppa (Acts 9), Antioch (Acts 11)
Iconium (Acts 14), Corinth (Acts18), Ephesus (Acts 19)

Our Application
-    Be Spirit-filled people (Acts 1:5; 2:4; 4:31)
-    Pray in the power of the Spirit (Acts 1:4; 2:42; 3:1; 4:24)