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Have a desire to give back to God ourselves, our time, our talent, our treasure as a concrete expression of our gratitude.
Pentecost was a one-time, unrepeatable act of God, but the effect of Pentecost can be renewed an infinite number of times. This is revival and for this we should pray.
Text: Acts 4:23-31
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 45:5-12, 20-25
If we try to rush the work of God bad things happen. We must wait on the Lord. One of the worst things we can do is get ahead of God and try to build His kingdom without waiting for God’s timing or the specific leadership and empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The modern church really has been guilty of not waiting for God. We have practised revivalism when we should be waiting and preparing for revival.
God’s focus is on building His kingdom. This this should also be the primary focus of His people; the gospel and the church are vitally important, but they are actually two means to the end of building God’s kingdom. In times of revival people are not interested in their own needs. They die to themselves and focus on the kingdom. But oddly enough, in dying to themselves and focussing on the glory of God they find that for the first time they really start to live. This is revival.
Where God’s Holy Spirit is most at work, human relationships quite naturally fall into a simple, yet world-transforming pattern.
Worship Together – Grow Together – Serve Together
The Holy Spirit’s coming in fullness means a divine, transformative, unstoppable Person has been let loose among men.