It seems that most serious Christians are well aware of the importance of earnest prayer, fasting and giving themselves to reach others. The problem is a lack of motivation. Where does consuming passion come from? This message explores the source of sustained passion, namely, what we call the burden of the Lord. Tears are the fuel of revival praying. Revival begins when one individual or a group of individuals begin to see the true condition of people and weep over it. Unless we allow God to show us the severity of the danger people are in we will never weep. We must come to grips with eternal realities like the great judgment of God and ultimate hell for those who are not covered in the righteousness of Christ. Much is discussed in this message of the portrait of God described in Scripture compared to the pop-view of God as soft on sin. When we begin to see God as He is we begin to see people as they are. This is the beginning of revival.
God is able to step into any cultural situation at any time to renew, restore, and revive it. A farmer's job is not to make it rain, but rather prepare the ground to receive it. The rain of revival will fall – the question is if the church is ready to receive it.
There are a lot of silly notions floating around out there about what revival will look like when it appears. This message explores what to expect based on the ministry of Jesus, the movement of God in the early church and the most powerful revivals in church history. Scott gives 7 distinguishing marks of authentic revival and places the greatest emphasis on the unveiling of the holiness of God upon the people that leads to deep conviction and subsequent repentance. All the other marks of revival seems to flow from this first work of God pulling back the curtain and revealing the “otherness of the Holy”. This message is a must listen for those who are yearning for revival to prepare them for the full ramifications of what they are praying for. It’s also an important message to make sure we are praying in alignment with God.
This is a unique message. Scott’s introduction turned into an in-depth pastoral talk. The heart of the message was about faith. Regarding revival it’s easy to fall into unbelief and think God isn’t in the mood to send revival. Because our prayers for an outpouring of the Spirit are not fulfilled, we conclude God is to blame. But God is willing and happy to pour out His Spirit—He longs to do it! Scott takes a tour through the Scriptures to give a sampling of promises God has made to His people. The exhortation is to latch on to these great and precious promises until they come to pass.
This first message of the series lays a foundation of what revival is so that the church can be unified in the pursuit of it. There are many different ideas about revival and not all are biblical or to even be desired. The overuse of the word revival and the many negative connotations have caused many to repel the very idea of a revival. This message aims to clear up confusion mainly by showing that revival is nothing more than what Moses, David, Isaiah, Habakkuk, Jesus, the early Christians, Paul, and many others, prayed earnestly for. Scott also spends some time explaining several things revival is not, in order to better understand what it is.