The 7 Signs of True New Testament Revival
1. There was an Uncommon Unity (vs 4:32)
2. The Gospel Preached with Power (vs 4:33)
3. There was Not one needy person among them (vs 4:34)
4. Signs and Wonders were common place (vs 5:12)
5. Believers Added Daily (5:14)
6. People came from surrounding towns and villages (5:16)
7. The sick and The afflicted… were all healed (5:16)
Pattern For Sustained Revival In Scripture
The Form, The Fire, The Fear
Ex 40:33 So Moses finished the work. 34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
- The Form (The Tabernacle was completed according to the Lords Instruction)
- The Fire (The Glory of The Lord Filled what was formed)
- The Fear (No one could enter)
2 Ch 5:13–14 Solomon dedicated the Temple, “the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
- The Form (The Temple was completed according to the Lords Patter)
- The Fire (The house was filled with a cloud)
- The Fear (No one could stand to minister)
The Pattern Explored
As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct —1 Peter 1:15–17
Peter's instruction was to no longer be patterned after this world, but patterned after the holiness of God
He Fills What He Forms
Leviticus 19:2 “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.
Leviticus 20:7 Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 20:26 You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.
Leviticus 21:8 You shall sanctify him, for he offers the bread of your God. He shall be holy to you, for I, the LORD, who sanctify you, ham holy.
Exodus 19:6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”
1 Peter 1:16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.
God has not changed and will not change … what He requires of us will not change.
“Be holy, for I am holy.” —1 Peter 1:15–17
Peter says we must be what God Is. Only possible if He fully fills what He has Formed in us!
Heb 12:28–29 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.
"conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear." —1 Peter 1:15–17
5 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, 2 and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? 4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” 5 When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. 6 The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.
7 After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” 9 But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.
7 Signs We’ve Lost The Fear Of the Lord
1. Quick to Judge or Attack Others
2. Divide ourselves in distinct camps
3. Excuse or Defend our sinful behavior
4. Little Honor In His House
5. Criticize or Rebel Against Authority
6. Allow the World into our Homes
7. Use God’s Name to promote our wishes and wants
Where there is no Fear of God there will be No Fire of God
3 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
(2 Ti 3:1–5)
The Answer will always be... Love the Light (the fire of God)
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Jn 3:16–21).