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!!!!
Finn ...


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