Sun 24/09/2017
The revival Nowadays
Acts 2: 1-13, 37-47
"Look among the nations, and look, and wonder, and Admire you: why work in your days  a work that you will not believe, if told, "Hc 1: 5.
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was prophesied by Joel (2: 28-29) centuries before the birth of the Church. On the day of Pentecost, the Lord fulfilled his promise. When Christians were in Jerusalem, praying, all were filled with the Spirit, Acts 1: 4. The apostle Peter stated that it was the fulfillment of a prophecy, Acts 2: 16-18.

But is this outpouring of the Spirit was only for first century Christians? No. The apostle Peter says that the blessing is "For all that are afar off, that is, to whom the Lord our God will call", At 2: 39. The blessing of the Holy Spirit is, therefore, to this day.

I - Great Awakening

The prophet Joel (2: 23) speaks of rain and rain. The season was that fell on Pentecost, bringing the baptism with the Spirit, tongues, signs and wonders and the preaching of the Lord's day, Acts 2: 16-21. In our days, God is pouring rain, James 5: 7, the last rain of the Holy Spirit on the life of the church so that there is abundant harvest. The Lord expects fruit.

See what God has done in recent centuries, reviving his Church.

a) The great revival. It happened in the United States. Began in 1734. There was an awareness of the need to reach non-believers and strengthen the already converted. Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), with its simplicity of life and much prayer, had a great impact on people. George Whitefield (1714-1770) was another great revivalist of the period. The result of the work of these men was thousands of conversions and the birth of many churches. In New England (USA), a population of 300 thousand people, there were between 30 and 40 thousand conversions. There was a moral rebirth in the homes, the foundation of theological courses and social work.

b) Revival in Europe. It began after the mid-seventeenth century.

In 1670, in Germany, Pastor Philip Spener organized meetings for Bible study and prayer houses. Social work emerged and a new spirit came into force on the Lutheran church. They founded the mission fields.

The airplanetively the Moravians began in 1727. They began to seek the Lord in prayer, and suddenly there was an outpouring of the Spirit upon the church. There was crying, and breaking up demonstrations among children. The Moravians began a ministry of continual prayer that lasted over 100 years.

In England, John Wesley was the instrument of God to change the history of the church. Man of prayer, gave emphasis to Bible study. Opposed to alcohol, war, slavery. There were many conversions.

c) In the nineteenth century. Some men were instruments of God to lead major revivals:

Charles G. Finney was powerful in the Word, prayer and witness. He lived in the United States. Under the influence of his preaching, churches were renewed, new communities are born, people have addictions, etc..

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) was professor of children in EBD and saw many parents to convert to the testimony of children. Spurgeon was powerful in preaching. Signs and wonders were common in their meetings. This revival began in England and reached other countries.

Dwight L. Moody lived from 1837 to 1899, the United States of America. It is estimated that about 500 thousand people gave themselves to Christ through it. He devoted himself to EBD. It started with 12 children and in a few years, that number reached 12 thousand.

II - MARKS OF TRUE REVIVAL

The true revival has some peculiarities. Its characteristic is not emotionalism, the noise. The book of Acts describes a church that lives under the move of the Holy Spirit. Read Acts 2: 47-52.

Perseverance in the Word. Every genuine revival is centered in Christ and His Word. The emergence of unbiblical doctrines is a sign that there is no purity in motion;

PerseveranÃa communion. A church enlivened by the Spirit of the Lord lives as a body-tight, 1 Corinthians 12: 12. The Spirit creates unity, Jn 17: 21. The disagreements and factions are the work of the flesh, Galatians 5: 19-21;

Perseverance in prayer. Without prayer there is no revival. It is communion with God that triggers the whole process of spiritual renewal.

DedicaÃão missions. There is genuine revival the church is not doing missions. According to Acts 1: 8, the power of the Spirit enables the believer to preach the gospel, to be a witness.

A social action. Interestingly, all revivals have brought about social action. Foundation orphanages, concern for the elderly, the marginalized. This is biblical. See Acts 9: 36.

III. REVIVAL IN OUR CENTURY

a) In the United States. The first manifestations in the modern Pentecostal gave in 1900, the United States. The Azusa Street, 312, Los Angeles, USA, was one of the most famous addresses in the modern Pentecostal history. There was great spiritual awakening. There have been some missionaries driven by spiritual awakening of the early twentieth century. Among them were: Daniel Berg and Gunnar Vingren, founders of the Pentecostal work in Brazil in 1910, which led to the Assembly of God.

b) spiritual revival in Brazil. During the 60s, several Baptist churches, Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian experienced a spiritual revival. As a result of this movement come new names under the banner of spiritual renewal.


 

Source:
Journal of Biblical Studies Hallelujah

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