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The Journey – Part Four

Session Four

The Journey: Look Around

Hebrews 12:1–2 (NLT) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

The Bible is such a wonderful book. It cannot be categorized into one specific literary work. It is a composition of many works, yet with one purpose: Connecting God with humanity.

  1. It is a book of history, detailing a past full of creation, visitation, rebellion, deceptions, wars, restoration and promises.

  2. It is a book of now, a road map to our interaction with God, each other and ourselves, giving guidance to each day and empowering through the spirit of wisdom, knowledge and understanding a people to take over.

  3. It’s a book of the future, detailing the promises of yesterday becoming fulfilled in our tomorrow. A tomorrow with filled with hope, joy and completion, that inspires all to hold on for the promise.

The entire Bible is a picture of the plans God has to be with us. Endowing us to perfect harmony with His intent, causing our unfruitfulness to become fruitful with eternal purpose.

Hell is not Silent- Matthew 11:12 (NLT) And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it.

Acts 4:2–3 (NLT) These leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through Jesus there is a resurrection of the dead. They arrested them and, since it was already evening, put them in jail until morning.

Revival is the Key- Acts 4:29–31 (NLT) And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

Revival- An awareness of God that awakens repentance, restoration and releases many to great joy and celebration.

What is a Sign Post for Revival? When people start prayingActs 1:14 (NLT) They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.

Start Owning It- 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT) Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

What does a true Revival look like? Acts 2:37–39 (NLT) Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.”

  1. Holiness for Dummies- 1 Peter 1:14–15 (NLT) So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.

Revival Confronts Sin- 1 Corinthians 15:34 (NLT) Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.

  1. White Lie is still a Lie- Acts 5:1–2 (NLT) But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property. He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest.

Acts 5:4 (NLT) The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!”

  1. Look but Don’t Touch is Actually Touching- Matthew 5:27–28 (NLT)  “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

  1. Secret Motivations- 1 Thessalonians 2:3–4 (NLT) So you can see we were not preaching with any deceit or impure motives or trickery. For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.

Pride- improper and excessive self-esteem known as conceit or arrogance.

Proverbs 29:23 (NLT) Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.

Jealousy/Envy- envious of someone else’s possessions, achievements, or advantages.

James 3:16 (NLT) For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

Covet- The desire to have something for oneself that belongs to another.

1 Timothy 6:10 (NLT) For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

Galatians 5:17–21 (NLT) The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

  1. Holy Spirit Activity- Acts 3:3–6 (NLT) When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”

Obedience- 1 Thessalonians 5:19 (NLT)  Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 1:6–7 (NLT) This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

This is Weird- Acts 2:12–13 (NLT) They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other. 13 But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!”

Seymour with crate on his head-

  1. Souls Being Saved- Acts 4:4 (NLT) But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so the number of men who believed now totaled about 5,000.

1 Corinthians 14:25 (NLT) As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.”

  1. People Being Sent- Acts 6:6–7 (NLT) These seven were presented to the apostles, who prayed for them as they laid their hands on them. So God’s message continued to spread. The number of believers greatly increased in Jerusalem, and many of the Jewish priests were converted, too.

Acts 13:2–3 (NLT) One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.

Close:

The Reformation was about Awakening my personal relationship with God.

The Great Awakening was about Awakening the church.

The Second Great Awakening was about Awakening Evangelism to Our Community

The Azuza Street was about Awakening our Missions to go to all the World.

When Gods people move into obedience the result is both personal and corporate.

WHY? Because Jesus is Coming and People Matter!

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