Carpe Diem. Seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.
With a few other Providence Church lads, I got to see/hear Tim Keller recently. He spoke to the "Character & Marks of Revival (or Spiritual Renewal)".
For your edification and spiritual renewal, I share some of my notes.
Definition: Revival - an intensification of the ordinary operations of the Holy Spirit in the life of our people; ordinary operations of the Holy Spirit greatly intensified in a church
What happens practically in revival?
- Sleepy Christians wake up (repentance)
- Nominal Christians get converted
- Secular/skeptical people get attracted to the church (as the hypocrisy departs)
(Prepare for fire of God, but don't presume it. These things don't necessarily cause revival, but accompany it and it's manifestation is accompanied by the following.)
- Extraordinary prayer (kingdom centered, corporate, prevailing, for city & selves, repenting, and seeking His anointing & renewal)
- Recovery of the Gospel (cf. Phil 3:9)
- Formal and informal spiritual leaders, changed/transformed by the Spirit of God and visibly so (e.g., Fruit of the Spirit)
- Places where people can discuss and process their experiences, "experience meetings"
- Creativity - getting the Gospel out to people in a new way (some unique factor, like George Whitefield preaching outdoors, but what works in one revival probably doesn't in another)
Per Dr. Richard Lovelace, a church in the midst of revival will have the following:
- Theological Depth
- Vibrant Worship
- Intimate Community & Fellowship
- Aggressive, Assertive Evangelism
- Compassion Social Concern & Social Justice
John Newton: "Thou art coming to a king, large petitions with thee bring, for His grace and power are such, none can ever ask too much."
"You're not asking for enough. I can tell you, you're not asking for enough. He is both rich and generous and you will show Him [you regard Him as such] by being bold in prayer."