Bruce Wilkinson, 7 Laws of the Learner: law 7a revival

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Bruce Wilkinson, 7 Laws of the Learner: law 7a revival

  1. 1. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  2. 2. The Law of Revival Pages 415-448 Wednesday 24 November 2010
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  5. 5. What do you think of when you hear the word revival, what is revival? Wednesday 24 November 2010
  6. 6. What do you think of when you hear the word revival, what is revival? Anazao - literally “again-to live” Wednesday 24 November 2010
  7. 7. What do you think of when you hear the word revival, what is revival? Anazao - literally “again-to live” Used of the physical resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus and our future bodily one Wednesday 24 November 2010
  8. 8. What do you think of when you hear the word revival, what is revival? Anazao - literally “again-to live” Used of the physical resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus and our future bodily one Spiritual revival is the bringing back to a full life a Christian who had been spiritually alive but has slipped back into sin and rebellion - that is what this law refers to Wednesday 24 November 2010
  9. 9. What do you think of when you hear the word revival, what is revival? Anazao - literally “again-to live” Used of the physical resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus and our future bodily one Spiritual revival is the bringing back to a full life a Christian who had been spiritually alive but has slipped back into sin and rebellion - that is what this law refers to Revival is seen in the parable of the prodigal son - left his fathers house, lived in rebellion, came to his senses, repented, was restored to full harmony with his father. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  10. 10. What do you think of when you hear the word revival, what is revival? Anazao - literally “again-to live” Used of the physical resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus and our future bodily one Spiritual revival is the bringing back to a full life a Christian who had been spiritually alive but has slipped back into sin and rebellion - that is what this law refers to Revival is seen in the parable of the prodigal son - left his fathers house, lived in rebellion, came to his senses, repented, was restored to full harmony with his father. Most teachers would not expect, or teach, for this Wednesday 24 November 2010
  11. 11.  1 The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor.2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. Revival Model: 2 Samuel 12:1-15 Wednesday 24 November 2010
  12. 12.  4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”  5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” Wednesday 24 November 2010
  13. 13.  7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  14. 14. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’  11 “This is what the LORD says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’” Wednesday 24 November 2010
  15. 15.  13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.”    Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the LORD, the son born to you will die.” 15 After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  16. 16. Commandment Prove Confront Point-out Commissioned Prepare Consequences Perils Confession Profess Wednesday 24 November 2010
  17. 17. Step 1: Commissioned 2 Sam 12:1a The Lord sent the teacher, Nathan, to the student, David. Commissioned - to be given authority or powers, to carry out a task. Preparation is in the heart of the teacher - they need full assurance they are doing the will of God Commissioned Prepare Wednesday 24 November 2010
  18. 18. Step 2: confront 2 Sam 12:1-9b Nathan had a clear perspective of where he needed to go and how to get there. The student has to recognise they have a problem, the teacher brings them face-to-face with this. Nathan led David through 3 discoveries to see this: Confront Point-out Wednesday 24 November 2010
  19. 19. 1. Confront through telling a parable v.1-6 David ended up prejudging himself 2. Confront through describing the nature of God v.7-8 When we turn our backs to God in our hearts and minds we forget the nature of God 3. Confront through listing specific sins v.9-10 Despise the Lords commandment, killed Uriah, taken his wife, killed him, despised Me,... Wednesday 24 November 2010
  20. 20. Wilkinson suggests when you confront Christians over their sin: 1. Use biblical words to describe what they have done - adultery, lie, homosexuality, stolen... 2. Do not move beyond step unless they admit their sin - if they do not see it pray God will help / convict them - they have to admit their own guilt. The greatest challenge here is fear of man Wednesday 24 November 2010
  21. 21. Step 3: Commandments 2 Sam 12:9a What has Scripture commanded us to do? If God’s boundaries have been crossed repentance is necessary. Teachers have to show the boundary that has been crossed - and that is defined in the Bible. Disobedience = rebellion = despising God’s commandments, [v.9, Matt 6:24] Wednesday 24 November 2010
  22. 22. “Revival must include the sinners repentance from breaking the will of God as well as the heart of God” First they have broken the command of God = guilt, then show they have broken the heart of God = grief. If a student gets to this stage and still will not repent what is next? Wednesday 24 November 2010
  23. 23. Step 4: Consequences 2Sam 12:10-14 The goal of the process is restoration of the person. Conviction of sin might take place at any stage - but if it doesn’t this stage is essential. Disobeying God people forget 2 things: 1. The seriousness of it 2. The consequences of their behaviour for themselves, to others and to the Lord. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  24. 24. Consequences are the harmful results of sin, for David this was: The sword shall never depart, an adversary from your own house, take your wives, lie with them in the sun, before all Israel... Jas 5:19-20 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  25. 25. Nathan used 5 categories of consequence: 1. To ourselves 2. To our immediate family 3. To the Christian community 4. To the non-Christian community 5. To the Lord God Wilkinson suggests that with our students we use sanctified imagination here - we need to change the idea of the benefit of sin to biblical reality - essentially we balance the pleasure and the pain - bringing them to repentance Wednesday 24 November 2010
  26. 26. Step 5: Confession 2 Sam 12:13 Confession - making known to others one’s error or wrongdoing This is the point of swinging from rebellion to revival. In the Revival Method we shall see actions which lead students to full restoration. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. Revival Maxims Wednesday 24 November 2010
  29. 29. Maxim 1: Revival is spiritual restoration and is the teacher’s responsibility Wilkinson suggests this is the maxim he had most difficulty with in the whole book. His problem was in believing the teacher could not be responsible for revival as revival is a sovereign act of God - he concludes this was false human logic - and he went back to the Bible to resolve it. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  30. 30. ...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 important words - if...then - a condition followed by a promised result - he then studied the verse further: 2 Chronicles 7:14 Wednesday 24 November 2010
  31. 31. then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land God’s promise to act God’s 1st promise God’s 2nd promise God’s 3rd promise The results of fulfilling the first half of the verse Wednesday 24 November 2010
  32. 32. The people who can fulfill the conditions The 1st condition The 2nd condition The 3rd condition The 4th condition if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, What are the conditions for God to send revival? Wednesday 24 November 2010
  33. 33. His conclusion is that God says here revival is dependent on us not God So if revival has not occurred then it is because of us not God - we were not doing what God had requested of us for revival to come. God was ready to send revival whenever we fulfilled these four conditions. He examined the 4 conditions and decided that all 4 could be fulfilled by him - he had been looking for a way out, an excuse, and found none! Wednesday 24 November 2010
  34. 34. His conclusion is that God says here revival is dependent on us not God So if revival has not occurred then it is because of us not God - we were not doing what God had requested of us for revival to come. God was ready to send revival whenever we fulfilled these four conditions. He examined the 4 conditions and decided that all 4 could be fulfilled by him - he had been looking for a way out, an excuse, and found none! Wednesday 24 November 2010
  35. 35. Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 conditions: 1. Be aware another person is overtaken in a sin 2.when we go to that person ensure there is no major known sin in our own life hindering HS in us Restore - a command, not a suggestion - get involved, take ownership, get moving! The results we see here - the method is up to us. Galatians 6:1 Wednesday 24 November 2010
  36. 36. Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 conditions: 1. Be aware another person is overtaken in a sin 2.when we go to that person ensure there is no major known sin in our own life hindering HS in us Restore - a command, not a suggestion - get involved, take ownership, get moving! The results we see here - the method is up to us. Galatians 6:1 Wednesday 24 November 2010
  37. 37. Maxim 2: Revival is only possible for those who have first experienced the second birth First get born again, then backslide, then get revived Wednesday 24 November 2010
  38. 38. Maxim 3: Revival is not a completed event but a continuing experience True revival is not an annual event or meeting but is sought continuously. Wilkinson suggests it is seen in its truest sense each time a believer repents - 1Jn 1:9. Therefore there is always a need for revival Wednesday 24 November 2010
  39. 39. Maxim 4: Revival can occur in the life of an individual, group or nation God does not send revival in one way - biblical history and church history show revival has taken place in many areas, through a wide variety of people and means, they flourish at some times and seem absent in others. “God sends revival to anyone who meets his conditions” Wednesday 24 November 2010
  40. 40. Maxim 5: revival always requires true repentance and the forsaking of known sin Revival is required only because of sin - it is sin which has to be addressed for revival to occur. First the student removes themselves from sin -ve. Secondly they turn to their Saviour - +ve. Behaviour and full obedience must be aligned in the students life Wednesday 24 November 2010
  41. 41. Maxim 6: Revival always results in seeking and serving Christ with renewed fervency If repentance is real fruit will be seen - internal change leads to external change. 3 signs of revival: 1. Heart of sincere gratitude to the Lord 2. New fervency in seeking Christ 3. A heart to serve the Lord Wednesday 24 November 2010
  42. 42. Maxim 7: Revival reestablishes life’s proper priorities Real revival is a deep process which results in a believer realigning with God, the world and himself. When things are put right with God other things come into line - God is enthroned again - then our personal life comes into order, and finally, life with others. Wednesday 24 November 2010
  43. 43. 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
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