A Church On Fire by Steve Wagers

A Church on Fire
Steve Wagers
Acts 4:31-35

Intro:
Great Revivals of History!
1700's: Aldersgate Street in London, England
Led by George Whitefield, and John Wesley
Lasted in 100 years
*************FIRST GREAT AWAKENING*************

1801: Paris, Kentucky
Led by B.W. Stone
Hundreds saved
*****************KENTUCKY REVIVAL****************

1857: Downtown New York City
Led by Jeremiah Lamphier
Began as prayer meeting of 3, after 6 mths. 10,000
In 2 yrs.--1 million saved in America/1 mil. In Britain
Converts such as D.L. Moody, J. Hudson Taylor
********GREAT AWAKENING OF 1857***********

1904: Mining Country of Wales
Led by Evan Roberts, prayed @ 4 A.M. for 3 months
In six months, over 100,000 saved
******************WELSH REVIVAL******************

In Acts 4, Paul depicts to us a church that is in a time of refreshing, a state of revival, they are A CHURCH ON FIRE!! Briefly, we see three reasons why they were on fire:

I. PLACE THAT WAS SHAKEN (v. 31)
One of the first characteristics of their revival, is that the place around them was shaken with the power of God. It was shaken b/c they were a:

A. SCRIPTURALY EXPECTED PEOPLE (v.31a)
"..and when they had prayed. . .'
1. This is one of the most notable characteristics of the early church.
2. They were a persecuted church, and a powerful church, they were also a PRAYING CHURCH!!
ILLUSTRATION:
c.f. Acts 1:14---Seeking God's face
Acts 2:42---Still Praying
Acts 3----Peter & John on way to Prayer meeting 5000 converted
Acts 4----First persecution--Peter/John in prison
STILL PRAYING!!
Acts 5---Still Praying---So many saved "multitude'
THEY REALIZED THAT PRAYER WAS THE BASIS FOR THEIR POWER!!!!!
3. Their prayer so touched God, that the place was shaken.
c.f. Isaiah 6---Posts of the door at his prayer
WHY NO REVIVAL? NO PRAYER!!!!
Finney: "Unless I had the spirit of prayer, I could do nothing."
Spurgeon: "Revival lies in knee work, knee work!"
4. They didn't pray w/ certainty, but w/ expectancy.
5. They expected God to respond to their cry, AND HE DID!

B. SPIRITUALLY EXCITED PEOPLE (v.31b)
"..they were all filled..and spake the word of God with boldness."
1. They were an excited people b/c they had been empowered and filled by the Holy Spirit.
NOTE: THEY WERE FILLED/NOT BAPTIZED AGAIN
The only baptism they would receive occured @ Pentecost
2. As a result of Spirit fullness, they were spiritually excited, and they proclaimed the Word of God.
"The Holy Spirit did not teach them WHAT to speak, but HOW to speak.'
3. They were totally dependent upon HIM!!!
c.f. Acts 1:8---". . .ye shall witnesses unto me. . .'
NOTE: V. 8---Filled @ the judgement bar
V. 31--Filled for the Pulpit
4. It mattered not how popular it might be, they were dependent, and ...


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