Mountain Valley Baptist Church
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Reaching more People for Christ

Sermon Outlines

Do we need Revival

Psalm 80:1–19
 

Some years ago there was a great forest fire that was started by a campfire that was not properly put out. This fire sped through Yosemite national park destroying over 200,000 acres A little girl and her father was watching the fire from a ridge top many miles away and the little girl cried and told her father. It is sad to see all of that forest destroyed .

The father picked her up and told her, it is but let’s wait and see what happened in a few months  A few months later the dad took his little girl back to the ridge top and let her look at the burn forest again To the little girl delight all she could see is hills covered with green grass and wild flowers With a big grin on her face she look up at her dad and asked, where did all the pretty flowers come from? Her dad took her up in her arms and said, honey you see, there was so much dead trees and brush in that forest that it was smothering the flowers and keeping them from the sunlight But now that all of that old dead stuff has been burn away the grass and the flowers can grow without anything hindering them.

 

She looked again, smiled and said. God is so good isn't He daddy.

 Psalm 80:1–19

1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth. 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us. 3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. 4 O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people? 5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure. 6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves. 7 Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. 8 Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it. 9 Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land. 10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. 11 She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river. 12 Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her? 13 The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it. 14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine; 15 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself. 16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance. 17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself. 18 So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name. 19 Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

 

Do we need revival?

Here are 7 signs that indicate that we do need revival

 

1. When we have lost focus on God

     vs 3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

 

2. When our prayers make God angry

     vs 4 O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?

 

3. When we can’t get along with each other

     vs 6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours:

 

4. When we are not impacting the lost world

     and our enemies laugh among themselves.

 

5. When our spiritual defenses are broken down 

     8 Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it. 9 Thou      preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land. 10 The hills were      covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. 11 She sent out her      boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river. 12 Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so      that all they which pass by the way do pluck her? 13 The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the      wild beast of the field doth devour it.

6. When the church is withering away  

     14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine; 15      And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.      16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.

 

7. When God’s hand of blessing has been removed 

     17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for      thyself. 18 So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name. 19 Turn us      again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

 

Evangelism, fine as it is, is not revival. After a signally successful meeting, Billy Graham was asked, “Is this revival?” Graham replied, “No. When revival comes, I expect to see two things which we have not seen yet. First, a new sense of the holiness of God on the part of Christians; and second, a new sense of the sinfulness of sin on the part of Christians.”

We might add a third and closely-related indication of revival: a new working of the Holy Spirit in the local church. Why? For two big reasons, among others; first, because the Word of God calls for it; and second, because the world challenge calls for it.

Looking back at ps. 80 we see that it is a prayer for revival
 

We have seen the signs of the need for revival

And the reality is, we see these signs all around us. 

F. B. Meyer told of a revival meeting that was dragging along without signs of success until one evening an elder arose and said, “Pastor, I don’t believe there is going to be a revival as long as Brother Jones and I don’t speak to each other.” He went to Jones and said: “Brother Jones, we have not spoken for five years, let’s bury the hatchet. Here’s my hand.” A sob broke from the audience.

Soon another elder arose and said: “Pastor, I’ve been saying mean things about you behind your back and nice things to your face. I want you to forgive me.” Many arose and confessed their wrongs and God began to visit them. A revival swept over the community for three years.

It is time for us to begin praying for God to send revival to our church