SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 2011-01-23: "Why Revival Tarries"

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          Every summer in my Southern Baptist Church we would organize and plan a revival. The month before the meetings, we met in each other's homes twice weekly for "cottage prayer meetings." The Southern Baptists knew that the only way a real revival could happen was preceded by prayer. By the time the scheduled revival happened, we were exhausted. Occasionally, the pastor would say at the conclusion of the two weeks of meetings, "Let's go ANOTHER week!"

          During all that time, I never experienced or witnessed an "honest-to-God" revival. Curiously, I did witness a spontaneous revival at a Christian Junior Camp I was directing in the early seventies. We decided not to hold emotional altar calls to coerce

the children into responding. We only held one altar call the night before we left for home.

          I had never seen before what happened there. The kids started gathering in small circles to pray for their "lost" friends at the camp. No adults organized this effort. It was all done by a genuine concern of the kids for their  friends who needed to accept Jesus. I actually heard cheering as one by one those reluctant to respond made their way to the front of the church for prayer.

          Emotion? Yes, there was emotion. How can you not be emotional when that which is lost comes home? Kids were crying and praying. Afterwards, I shook my head. What did we do differently from our earlier attempts at revival? Everything was different. This time God showed up.

          America's religious history is filled with the influence of revival. This sermon explores one of the lectures of Charles Finney, a New York lawyer turned evangelist. His influence led to what was called the "Blue Collar Revival." He might as well have been lecturing to a contemporary audience. The sin that obstructs revival is the same.


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January 23, 2011

Sheepfold Ministries, Pastor Phil Roland



Luke 24:49

"Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high."

"America and the world needs a new Pentecostal awakening of a Holy Spirit led revival. Sin is rampant at every turn. Come Quickly, Lord Jesus."

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"And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold."

                                                                                                                      Matthew 24:12

I.  FAILED - We have failed to maintain a relationship with God

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, " Romans 3:23

            A. Life of Charles O. Finney - See America's Great Revivals p. 75-80

            B. Finney's Lecture on Personal Hindrances to Revival

                        1. We are not willing, upon the whole, to have what we desire

                             and ask

                        2. God has expressly informed us that if we regard iniquity in                                   our hearts He will not hear us. But the petitioner is often

                             self-indulgent. This is iniquity, and God will not hear him

                        3. He is uncharitable

                        4. Censorious  (Hyper-crtitical)

                        5. Self-dependent

                        6. Resists conviction of sin

                        7. Refuses to confess to all the parties concerned

                        8. Refuses to make restitution to injured parties

                        9. He is prejudiced and uncandid. (Concealing or Secretive)

                        10. He is resentful

                        11. Has a revengeful spirit

                        12. Has a worldly ambition

                        13. He has committed himself on some point, and become

                              dishonest, and neglects and rejects further light

                        13. He is denominationally selfish

                        14. Selfish for his own congregation

                        15. He resists the teachings of the Holy Spirit

                        16. He grieves the Holy Spirit by dissension

                        17. He quenches the Spirit by persistence in justifying wrong

                        18. He grieves Him by a want of watchfulness

                        19. He resists Him by indulging evil tempers

                        20. Also by dishonesties in business

                        21. Also by indolence and impatience in waiting upon the Lord

                        22. By many forms of selfishness

                        23. By negligence in business, in study, in prayer




                        24. By undertaking too much business, too much study, and

                              too little prayer

                        25. By a want of entire consecration.

                        26. Last and greatest, by unbelief. He prays for this enduement

                              without expecting to receive it. "He that believes not God,

                              has made Him a liar." This, then, is the greatest sin of all.

                              What an insult, what a blasphemy, to accuse God of lying!"

            C. We have settled for a Insipid, Bland, Tasteless kind of Christianity

                "So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew you

                  out of my mouth." - Rev. 3:16

            D. Outward form of Godliness, but Deny the Power - 2 Timothy 3:1-5

                "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men

                 will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud,

                 blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving,

                 unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,

                 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of

                 God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such

                 people turn away!"


II.  FREED - We are re-connected with God thru Jesus, His Son

"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." John 8:36  

            A. Free from the Law of Sin and Death - Romans 8:1,2

              "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ

               Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

               For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the

               law of sin and death."

                        1. The soul that sins shall die - Romans 6:23

                           "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in

                            Christ Jesus our Lord. "

                        2. Christ's followers die only once - SLOGAN:

                                    NO JESUS, DIE TWICE

                                    KNOW JESUS, DIE ONCE

                        3. Physical Death / Spiritual Death - (Eternity without God)

            B. Wahhabist Islamists see our Liberty and Freedom as Idolatry

                        1. Islamists believe that they have but one choice

                                    a. Submit to Allah or Die

                                    b. Live or Die by the Sword of forced submission

                        2. Before Jesus came into our lives, we lived by choice

                                    a. We chose Sin and Death

                                    b. Jesus has set us free from God's Wrath over sin

            C. We are Freed by the Cross of Jesus - Romans 5:20-21

                "Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin

                 abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death,

                 even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through

                 Jesus Christ our Lord."





III. FIRED - We are Continually Tried by  God's Consuming Fire

     "John answered, saying to all, "I indeed baptize you with water; but One

      mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will

      baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fan is in His hand,

      and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into

      His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire."           Luke 3:16-17
            A. Common Misunderstanding is that God will "Fire You Up!"

                        1. We are not energized by God's Holy Spirit

                        2. We are emboldened by the Spirit of Jesus

            A. We must stay close to Jesus, sin has consequences - John  15:6

               "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is

                withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are


                        1. Our God is a consuming Fire - Hebrews 12:29

                      "For our God is a consuming fire."

                        2. Trials are God's Test of Faith

                        3. Our Faith is Proved by Him

            C. Often we endure the Furnace of Affliction - 1 Peter 1:6,7

                    "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you

                have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith,

                being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by

                fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus



IV. FILLED - We are continually being Filled with the Holy Spirit

     "And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the

       Spirit,"                                                                                                  Ephesians 5:18
            A. We are in Need of Continuous Filling - R. A. Torrey Quote

                "We are like leaky buckets who need to continually be thrust beneath the      fountain of God's love. . ."

                        1. Torrey often spoke before D.L. Moody as a "crowd warmer"

                        2. Moody asked him frequently to speak on the Baptism of the                               Holy Spirit

            B. Jesus Prayed for us to receive the Father's Promise  - Jn. 14:16

                "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He

                 may abide with you forever--"





"Heathen" Studies Law

Charles O. Finney spent his boyhood in the frontier country of New York. He was, as he admitted later, "almost as destitute of
religion as a heathen. " Yet, when he went to Adams, New York, to study law he linked up with a Presbyterian church and listened attentively to the sermons of the minister, the Rev. George W. Gale. He even directed the choir. But he was not a Christian.


It was in 1821 that Finney was dramatically converted. He got

interested in the Bible through references to the Mosaic laws in

his' legal books. He bought a Bible and through reading it became intellectually convinced of the truth of Christianity. But

the question remained-should he become a Christian?


One autumn morning he was on his way to his office when he was stopped in his tracks by an inward voice which seemed to say, "Will you accept it now, today?" Instead of going to his

office he went off into the woods. Reaching a spot where he

thought no one would see him, he knelt down.


He tried to pray but could not. He was' just about to give up

when he heard a rustling and looked up in alarm to see if someone had discovered him. Suddenly, he realized how great

was his pride. Remembering the words of Scripture, "Then shall

ye seek me and find me, when ye shall search for me with all

your heart," he cried out, "Lord, I take Thee at Thy Word."


Finney left the woods in a lighthearted mood. He didn't quite

understand what had happened to him. That evening in the

back of his law office he was overcome with a sense of

unutterable ecstasy. He later wrote: "The Holy Spirit descended

upon me in a manner that seemed to go through me, body and

soul. I could feel the impression, like a wave of electricity, going

through and through me. Indeed it seemed to come in waves and waves of liquid love; for I could not express it in any other

way. It seemed like the very breath of God. I can recollect

distinctly that it seemed to fan me, like immense wings." Finney dropped his law studies the next day and went about the town

telling what the Lord had done for him. A revival began immediately.

See "America's Great Revivals," p. 75-77