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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

How do awakenings happen?

 

SUN, APR 26, 2020 – Acts 1:3-9 (NIV)

3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

How do awakenings happen?

 

MON, APR 27, 2020 – Matthew 26:36-44

Take some time to read the Scripture for today. Focus on Jesus’ words as He is praying to God. Feel His frustration as He finds his disciples “lying down on the job.”

Consider this statement from Rev. David Alexander: “The deepest expressions of faith are found in moments of greatest fear.”

 

What moments in your life have brought you closer to God? Have you ever found yourself asking God to take “this cup from you?” Have your struggles brought you closer to God?

 

Jesus’ disciples were asleep every time Jesus came back from praying. Many times our actions mirror those of the disciples. When we face trouble, praying can be our last priority. Take a few moments to reflect on your prayer life. Are you nurturing your relationship with God through daily prayer? What commitment is God calling You to make in this area?

 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we are thankful that You have provided a perfect example to us of how we are to deal with times of affliction. Help us to remember to turn to You first, to stay awake, and wait to hear for Your answer. Help us to trust You with our lives. Amen.

 

TUES, APR 28, 2020 – Hebrews 11

Take a few moments to read Hebrews 11. It is full of examples of the heroes of the Bible expressing and demonstrating their faith in times of great fear.

Which person mentioned speaks to you the most? Why? What kind of legacy has their faithfulness left behind? What kind of faith legacy are you leaving behind?

Verse 39 says, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.” It is so difficult to remain faithful when we don’t see our prayers answered like we’d want, when our troubles persist, when we can’t see God’s hand at work. Yet, all of these people mentioned in Hebrews 11 praised God even through the storm. What would you ask Jesus to do in the midst your current storm?

PRAYER: Loving Lord, thank you for helping us to make it through this difficult year. You’ve carried us through the uncertainty of deep waters, through the flames of trials, and the pain of hard losses. We are constantly aware of how much we need you, your grace, your strength, your power, working through even these toughest days. Amen.

 

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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

How do awakenings happen?

 

WED, APR 29, 2020 – Ephesians 5:14

Take a moment to read the Scripture for today. When we rise from our sleep, God’s redeeming light shines on us. God has the power to breathe new life into us when we come to Him spiritually asleep.

In the sermon this week we heard this statement. Monumental movements of the Holy Spirit often happen at monumental moments in human history. Can you think of any times in history when this has been true? How might God be using this current pandemic to shape us individually, as a church, and as a nation?

Sleep is a euphemism for death. What are you sensing in your life needs to die, in order to allow room for resurrection to happen?

Reality is that sleep is necessary to life. It provides rest which prepares us for the coming day. There is an nighttime children’s prayer that says, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep.” In the midst of this forced sleep, how are you allowing the Lord to “keep” your soul? Have your physical sleep patterns changed during this time of social isolation? What about your soul-care patterns?

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, draw me close to You. Let me start enjoying spending time with you again. Let your grace draw me close to You again in Jesus name. Amen.

 

THUR, APR 30, 2020 – Psalm 46:10

Take a moment to read the Scripture for today. Taking time daily to “be still” is an important part of our spiritual walk. That can be difficult during this time of quarantine when many people are juggling working from home, keeping up with kid’s schoolwork, and managing financial crises. But it is no less important.

In Mark 3:23-28, Jesus says “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Have you ever consistently and intentionally observed the Sabbath? What effect did it have on your life and wellbeing?

In your daily rhythm of life, what would it look like for you to stop and acknowledge God? What are things in life that stir your affections for Jesus and should be a regular staple in your Sabbath rhythm? What are things in life that distract you & prevent you from practicing Sabbath – physical, emotional & spiritual rest? What does it look like for you to practice the Sabbath in the context of community?

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to make every Sabbath about you. Quiet my heart, give rest to my soul, and refocus my spirit—for true renewal comes only from you. Please help me to be intentional with my time and my worship, and encourage me to find rest in you alone. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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THE NEXT GREAT AWAKENING:

How do awakenings happen?

 

FRI, MAY 1, 2020 – Acts 1:13-14

The Scripture begins with “They went upstairs to the room where they were staying.” That sounds familiar, kind of like a quarantine. After Jesus death, the disciples socially distanced themselves from everyone. The Scripture goes on to say that they all joined together constantly in prayer.

Most of us are tired of self-isolating. It gets old fast. Sometimes though, we need a drastic change to teach us what is really important. How is God working through this difficult time to draw you closer to Him? What have you learned about yourself?

The disciples spent their time in isolation “constantly in prayer.” Is it possible to constantly pray? How are you going to have strength to endure when the going gets really rough this year and you are tempted to just withdraw into yourself and just nurse your pain? How will you use prayer to sustain joy in the midst of tribulation?

PRAYER: God, these last few weeks have been really hard! We need You more than ever. Show us opportunities to serve others so that we don’t become self-centered. Help us to find joy in simple moments. Create in us a great awakening so that we can make disciples in your name. Amen.

 

SAT, MAY 2, 2020

During this new sermon series, we will be looking at three basic questions.

1. How does an Awakening happen?

2. What must we do to prepare ourselves to experience this gift of Awakening?

3. What must we lean into & what might we need to let go of in order for a new Awakening to come?

 

This week, we are focusing on the first question. How does an awakening happen?

 

Would you spend some time in prayer today for these things?

  1. Ask God to bring deep conviction of sin, spiritual brokenness, a holy fear of God and genuine repentance in you, individually, and among His people, collectively.
  2. Pray that God will bring loving unity in our churches and a deep harmony between our churches.
  3. Pray for God to fill His people with a passion to see people come to know Jesus.
  4. Pray that God will call many people into ministry, missions and Christian service.

 

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, ignite in us a passion for You! Help us to burn brightly so that we may shine Your light for all the world to see. Amen.

 
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