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Bruce Wilkinson, 7 Laws of the Learner: law 7b revival maximisers

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  • 1. The Law of Revival Methods & Maximisers Pages 449-486 Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 2. The essence of the Law of Revival is these 3 words: “Revive the heart” The teacher should encourage an ongoing personal revival in students’ lives Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 3. Wilkinson starts by saying this method is revolutionary and works to bring people who are hardened in their sin back to the Lord. The method is based upon his study of revival in Scripture where he sees they all follow the same path with only a few minor differences. It is designed to produce lasting results and as such each step has to be accomplished before moving onto the next. Remember revival is delicate and an act of grace - treat it in that way Revival Method Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 4. Repent Penitent Contrition Reprove Persuade Censure Revelation Passage Command -ments Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 5. Repent Penitent Contrition Recommit Promise Commit Restore Perform Celebrate Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 6. Step 1: Revelation Revival is needed because people have disobeyed the Lord - sin If you know a person has sinned it is your responsibility to lovingly go to them and restore them. First they have to see the Bible teaching on their situation, and sin - diagnose their disobedience to the Lord, no emotion or opinion just what the Bible says - hit the nail repeatedly until they do, expose their sin Revelation Passage Command- ments Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 7. Step 1: Revelation Revival is needed because people have disobeyed the Lord - sin If you know a person has sinned it is your responsibility to lovingly go to them and restore them. First they have to see the Bible teaching on their situation, and sin - diagnose their disobedience to the Lord, no emotion or opinion just what the Bible says - hit the nail repeatedly until they do, expose their sin Revelation Passage Command- ments Ask, for example, “Can we agree that on the basis of these Bible passages that we have studied that X is sin?” Focus them on the Bible not their own behaviour Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 8. Step 2: Reprove Once they agree the Bible says it is sin they have to personally agree their behaviour is sin - this is a crucial bridge between revelation of God and repentance of the student. “I have sinned” becomes their confession. God uses 4 reproving agents - our conscience, the Bible and the Holy Spirit. And us! Reprove Persuade Censure Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 9. Reproving someone means to sharply criticise them or reprimand them. It involves confrontation, and includes saying something is right or wrong, acceptable or unacceptable. Parents should do it.Teachers should do it. Pastors should do it. Society should do it. Instead much of modern culture says anything is acceptable. Biblically we have to think of what and how we reprove - discipline should bring about growth Biblically look at Paul with the Corinthian church, JTB and the multitudes, Jesus and the religious leaders. Look at God with his people in Numbers and Deuteronomy. God approves of rebuking in love and so should we. 2 Tm 4:1-2 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 10. Step 3: Repent This is the turning point - revival hinges on repentance. Repentance = metaneo = to change one’s mind or perception - used in 3 ways; 1. Express remorse for an inappropriate act/attitude 2. Express a change of heart when a non-Christian turns to Christ 3. Express a change of heart when a Christian changes mind and then behaviour for personal disobedience Repent Penitent Contrition Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 11. 1. Repentance must include conviction Conviction has convince at its heart - to conquer something a person thinks or believes and replace it with something different. In sin a wrong thought pattern needs replacing with a biblical one. E.g. Adultery takes place when a person thinks they will be happier, more pleasured, in an immoral relationship rather than in the covenant fidelity God commanded. God has lied. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 12. 1. Repentance must include conviction Conviction has convince at its heart - to conquer something a person thinks or believes and replace it with something different. In sin a wrong thought pattern needs replacing with a biblical one. E.g. Adultery takes place when a person thinks they will be happier, more pleasured, in an immoral relationship rather than in the covenant fidelity God commanded. God has lied. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 13. Such patterns become strongholds in a persons mind - usually there are a number of them each spilling lies into a persons mind. Adultery might include; unresolved anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, grudges, sexual issues... The best way to resolve this is through prayer - 2 Cor 10:3-5 When repentance takes place in the mind revival will take place in the life Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 14. 2. Repentance must include contrition Contrite = to feel deeply and humbly sorry for ones sins- it is an emotional part to the thinking aspect of repentance.This shows a tenderising of heart - and also allows the person to ‘feel’ forgiven as well as know they are. The people in Nehemiah chapters 8-9 David in Psalm 51 (esp. 3-4, 16-17) Depth f sin should be reflected in depth of contrition - we should encourage people to feel the pain of their sin. King Josiah in 2 Chron 34:27 - Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before God when you heard what he spoke against this place and its people, and because you humbled yourself before me and tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the LORD. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 15. 2. Repentance must include contrition Contrite = to feel deeply and humbly sorry for ones sins- it is an emotional part to the thinking aspect of repentance.This shows a tenderising of heart - and also allows the person to ‘feel’ forgiven as well as know they are. The people in Nehemiah chapters 8-9 David in Psalm 51 (esp. 3-4, 16-17) Depth f sin should be reflected in depth of contrition - we should encourage people to feel the pain of their sin. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 16. 3. Repentance must include confession The person should confess sin not only to you and to the Lord - but also to others affected by their action. Confession is important because at this point the person humbles themselves, assumes full responsibility for their actions and openly recognises that they must seek forgiveness from God and others. Specific sins should be mentioned not just a general prayer - this shows full understanding of sin has taken place. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 17. 3. Repentance must include confession The person should confess sin not only to you and to the Lord - but also to others affected by their action. Confession is important because at this point the person humbles themselves, assumes full responsibility for their actions and openly recognises that they must seek forgiveness from God and others. Specific sins should be mentioned not just a general prayer - this shows full understanding of sin has taken place. See the process: 1st conviction - the mind is changed 2nd contrition - the heart feels remorse 3rd confession - the will acknowledges responsibility Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 18. Step 4: Recommit Focus changes now from the past to the future - this makes sure the victory endures. The longer a sin has been committed the greater the resolve needs to be to rely upon the Holy Spirit. Recommitment takes place, a promise is made, in order that commitment will follow. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 19. 1. Recommitment must include confirmation “How committed are you to stopping this sin that you just repented of?” There needs to be a strong positive response, a confirmation of how they will face temptation and commitment to obeying the Lord. If this is not done you know what happens the next time they are tempted! Remind them of 1 Cor 10:13 Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 20. 2. Recommitment may include covenant To help a student stand against temptation it might be helpful to make a covenant - e.g. Jos. 24:24-25 In Biblical situations making a covenant or taking a solemn oath was common after repenting of major sins, reestablishing a pledge of obedience to the Lord. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 21. 3. Recommitment should include consecration Now you might use the fact that a student has taken a step towards God to encourage them further: 1. Challenge them to go further in the areas which tempt them 2. ...to walk deeper with the Lord in devotions and prayer life 3. ...to more complete obedience to the will of God in all areas of life Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 22. Step 5: Restore Remember God desires restoration of people after sin - Wilkinson suggests 3 ways this can happen: Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 23. 1. Restoration may include compensation Jesus commanded us to be reconciled to our brothers: Matt 5:23-24 Students must do what is needed for reconciliation to take place, it may require returning or repayment - this includes action even if they are the wronged party. This requires determined action - it is not easy. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 24. 2. Restoration must include cleansing Compensation is towards others, public, past - cleansing is about our own lives, personal, present. 1.Take away “temptation triggers” 2. Instal “Commitment cultivators” Both include: friends, places, events, media etc. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 25. 3. Restoration should include celebration Luke 15:10 - In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” And the Prodigal Son: Luke 15:22-24 Celebrate! Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 26. The essence of the Law of Revival is these 3 words: “Revive the heart” The teacher should encourage an ongoing personal revival in students’ lives Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 27. Revival Maximisers Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 28. Revival is the inrush of God’s Sprit into a body which threatens to become a corpse. DM Patton Waiting for revival is no excuse for not enjoying personal revival Stephen Olford The best way to revive the church is to build a fire in the pulpit DL Moody Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 29. 1. Realise that revival is needed by most Christians most of the time Wilkinson estimates that in evangelical churches around 50-80% of Christians are out of fellowship with the Lord at any one time. This applies equally to students! Therefore make revival a top priority in your teaching Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 30. Look at revival and you see that somewhere a faithful remnant are praying for it. 2 Chron 7:14 Pray for revival in your own life first - then encourage your students to do likewise 2. Earnestly seek revival through intense and persistent private and public prayer Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 31. Look at revival and you see that somewhere a faithful remnant are praying for it. 2 Chron 7:14 Pray for revival in your own life first - then encourage your students to do likewise 2. Earnestly seek revival through intense and persistent private and public prayer Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 32. Look at revival and you see that somewhere a faithful remnant are praying for it. 2 Chron 7:14 Pray for revival in your own life first - then encourage your students to do likewise 2. Earnestly seek revival through intense and persistent private and public prayer Persistent pupillary membrane (PPM) is a condition of the eye involving remnants of a fetal membrane that persist as strands of tissue crossing the pupil.The pupillary membrane in mammals exists in the fetus as a source of blood supply for the lens. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 33. Different students respond differently! When someone has disobeyed disciplining them will depend upon the person. In class - pray for one another in small groups, have a discussion panel, use skits to highlight issues - make it meaningful for your students. 3. Vary your delivery according to your students’ spiritual response Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 34. Revival liberates people from sin - but also empowers them to stay out of sin and remain in fellowship. Spiritual disciplines are deep truths which act as a foundation for spiritual life - Wilkinson summarises these ‘secrets’ in this way: 4. Instruct your students in the knowledge and practice of spiritual disciplines Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 35. Revival liberates people from sin - but also empowers them to stay out of sin and remain in fellowship. Spiritual disciplines are deep truths which act as a foundation for spiritual life - Wilkinson summarises these ‘secrets’ in this way: 4. Instruct your students in the knowledge and practice of spiritual disciplines 1. Read your Bible every day 2. Walk by means of the Spirit 3. Pray without ceasing Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 36. The call for revival needs to be clear and with a sense of expectancy and urgency. It might well be difficult and challenging for people, fear might creep into their hearts - so we must invite them to return to the Lord with courage and unwavering resolve 5. Verbalise the final call for revival clearly and expectantly Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 37. Revival is directly opposed by our enemy. All sorts of traps have been laid to try to make you fail. 2 Cor 2:11 - in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes 6. Anticipate revival to be accompanied by intense spiritual warfare Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 38. Will you lay yourself before the Lord as a person through whom he can work revival? Will you transfer information or transform individuals? 7. Lay yourself before the Lord as a clean vessel committed to revival Wednesday 24 November 2010
  • 39. The essence of the Law of Revival is these 3 words: “Revive the heart” The teacher should encourage an ongoing personal revival in students’ lives Wednesday 24 November 2010