A Recipe for Revival! by Steve Wagers

A Recipe for Revival!
Steve N. Wagers
Psalm 51
June 1, 2005

Sermon Outline
1. The Perceived Need of Revival!
A. A Personal Confession!
B. A Personal Contrition!
2. The Pronounced Necessity of Revival!
A. The Approach that God Demands!
B. The Attitude that God Desires!
3. The Produced Nature of Revival!
A. The Restoration of the Saint!
B. The Salvation of the Sinner!

* A U.S. Lutheran bishop tells of visiting a parish church in California and finding a stirring red and orange banner on the wall. "Come Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!" it declared in words printed under a picture of a fire burning. The bishop was also interested in the sign directly underneath the banner which said: "Fire extinguisher." So much for that parish's commitment to spiritual renewal.

* James A. Stewart: "Revival is the people of God living in the power of an ungrieved, unquenched Spirit."

* G. Campbell Morgan: "Revival cannot be organized, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

* Howard Spring: "The kingdom of God is not going to advance by our churches becoming filled with men, but by men in our churches becoming filled with God."

* Psalm 51 is a prayer for personal revival. David has committed adultery, as well as murder to cover it up; and, now he is on his face before God looking and longing for God to once again ignite the embers of his heart with revival.

1. The PERCEIVED NEED of Revival!

* It doesn't appear that anyone had to talk David into the fact that he stood in desperate need of revival. The perceived need is demonstrated through:

A. A PERSONAL CONFESSION!

* {Note: verses 1-4}

* David is not covering his sin, but confessing his sin. He is not blaming anyone else for his sin. Notice the personal pronouns, "have mercy upon ME;" "my transgressions;" "wash me;" "mine iniquity;" "cleanse me;" "my sin;" "I acknowledge my transgressions;" "my sin is ever bef ...


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