Acts 28: “Once Bitten, (NOT) Twice Shy”

I can’t believe we’re already to the end of Acts in our Bible Reading Plan. It’s been amazing to read through Acts and hear the stories of how the church was born. The good news, there’s still more to come, the bad news, this is where we say goodbye to Luke. If there’s one thing we can learn from Luke it’s the fact we can trust his writing. With his investigative and journalistic style, Luke has navigated us beautifully to this point in the story.

A Different Perspective

Up to this point we’ve seen Paul attacked by mobs, left for dead, thrown in prison, storms at sea, and now shipwrecked on the small island of Malta. I have to be honest, there have been times I’ve looked to God and thought, seriously? You call Paul, give him a mission, equip him for ministry, guarantee he will get to Rome, but he has to go through all this stuff first? Then it hit me…and sorry If I’m late to the dance on this…it seems as if Satan doesn’t want Paul to get to Rome.

It wasn’t until the snake bite that I began to think along the lines of Satan’s attacks and God’s provision. Up to that point there was a part of me wrestling with the thought that God was using these trials as a means to communicate his power working through Paul. I do think God got the glory for getting Paul through each of these circumstances, but I don’t think God caused the circumstances.

Now, we have the ability to look ahead and see exactly why Satan wouldn’t want Paul to go to Rome. Especially when we know that at one point in the future 80% of the entire Roman world will profess to be Christian! It’s still a long road to get there and a lot of blood is still to be shed, but again, we have the privilege to see the full effect of Paul’s ministry in Rome. It’s no wonder we can add “snake bitten” to Paul’s resume, Satan just doesn’t want Paul to make it to Rome.

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Not to be confused by the terrible 80’s song by the band Great White, “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” is an idiom for “when you are ​frightened to do something again because you had an ​unpleasant ​experience doing it the first ​time (Cambridge Dictionaries Online).”


[QUICK STORY] When I was growing up I loved to play at my dads work bench. He had an old drill that I especially liked to use. There was one problem, it had a short in the cord. This meant that I would get a shock every time I plugged or unplugged the cord. I remember one time it was bad enough I could feel it starting in my hand and going up my arm. I thought to myself, “I won’t do that again!”…even though I did…


If the saying, “Once bitten, twice shy” was true of Paul, he would have stopped A LONG time ago! Place yourself in his shoes:

You’ve been in prison for two years, you get on a boat only to experience an incredible storm that lasted for over two weeks, now you’re shipwrecked about 100 miles from Italy, and on top of that, you get bit by a snake? But if Paul would have stopped at any point before Rome we wouldn’t have the book of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon! All these books (originally letters) were written while Paul was in Rome. These letters have impacted millions of people since the time they were written!

In one of those letters Paul pens a familiar and powerful verse. Allow this verse to serve as a reminder of not only what Paul did, but we should do as well today.


Ephesians 5:16-17 (NLT) 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

 

 

Acts 27: “Stay Put”

You’ve heard the stories…

Plane crashes in the woods, everyone survives the crash, but dies of starvation because they got lost trying to find their way out. Or the story of a hiker out on the trail who gets trapped in a freak winter storm. Relying on their instinct and survival skills, the hiker survives three days before a search and rescue team find them in the exact location they were lost.

Two Stories, Two Very Different Outcomes

On the one hand we have the story of the plane crash. Believing they weren’t far from the small town, they flew over during their descent, the badly shaken up passengers begin to hike towards the direction of the town, or so they thought. Instead of heading towards the town they ended up walking the opposite direction. Thinking they were close, they didn’t take care to procure any food or water. Needless to say, the search and rescue team found them 7 miles from the crash site and 10 miles from the town they flew over!

On the other hand is the story of a hiker who found himself trapped on the side of a mountain in a freak snowstorm. Knowing the last thing you should do is move from your location, this experienced hiker hurried to make a snow shelter, and began rationing his food and water. He also made provisions to be able to signal for help knowing he told the rangers station his course of entry and exist for his hike. Three days later after the storm settled, a search and rescue team flew over the exact location they believed the hiker to be. Sure enough, they saw the signal fire and pulled the hiker out of the woods.

You’ll Make it to Rome

We’re only mildly concerned about Paul’s shipwreck considering the encouragement Paul received in Jerusalem: Acts 23:11 (NLT) 11 That night the Lord appeared to Paul and said, “Be encouraged, Paul. Just as you have been a witness to me here in Jerusalem, you must preach the Good News in Rome as well.” If that wasn’t enough, even in the midst of the storm Paul’s comforted again by an angel in Acts 27:24 (NLT) 24 and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ Continue reading Acts 27: “Stay Put”

Acts 26: “Excuses, Excuses”

You know what they say, “Excuses are like arm-pits ‘everybody’s got a couple – and most of them stink.'” Growing up I had an excuse for everything! I even got to the point in my life that I was starting to get annoyed with my own excuses. You know; things like:

  • A messy desk means I’m creative.
  • I sleep in because doctors say you need eight hours of sleep!
  • I can spend all my money because I earned it.
  • I don’t need to go to church, I go to chapel twice a week!

Life is filled with excuses, some good, some mostly bad, but at some point in time the excuses will run out.


Matthew 7:21-23 (NLT) 21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’


In my opinion this passage of scripture is one of the scariest in all the Bible. I tend to be a person that would rather grace someone to the kingdom, verses guilt, but this passage does something different than guilt. This passage exposes one of the possible many excuses people will use on judgement day. Again, not to be an alarmist (okay, maybe I am an alarmist), but the reality is… there will be a judgement day.

The Festus Excuse

Like I said yesterday in my reflection, Acts 25-26 should ultimately be read together, so in order to get a clearer look at the Festus Excuse, I need to cheat and go back to Acts 25:


Acts 25:17-21 (NLT)


“…and a dead man named Jesus…” When reading this section I literally had to stop and remind myself that many people in the Roman world wouldn’t have believed what Paul told them about Jesus’ resurrection. Fast forward to Festus’ outburst during the trial:


Acts 26:24 (NLT)  24 Suddenly, Festus shouted, “Paul, you are insane. Too much study has made you crazy!”


Festus heard enough! I can only imagine him sitting this whole time looking around with an expression of, “are you believing this?” on his face.

In many ways, Festus didn’t have time to look into the claims of Paul for himself; hence the necessity to call in King Agrippa, the so called expert on everything Jewish. Like I read in a commentary, “Festus is typical of many today-inteligent, logical, practical, and cynical (Life Application Commentary, pg. 428).”

Paul’s Response

Acts 26:25-27 (NLT)

It’s impressive to recognize again that Paul kept his head in all situations. His response is not directed back at Festus, but instead Paul address King Agrippa directly and challenges him to take a stand, one way or another. Paul knew that if Agrippa didn’t believe the prophets he would lose credibility with the Jews; but if Agrippa said he did believe, then Paul, being an outstanding defender of faith (Greek: apologeomai or Apologist) would lead Agrippa to believe the claims about Jesus. But Agrippa says, not so fast.

Final Thoughts

Acts 26:28-29 (NLT) 28 Agrippa interrupted him. “Do you think you can persuade me to become a Christian so quickly?” 29 Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains.”


Understand the room to be filled with excuse that day, Paul lands the plane on a single and profound thought. Basically, Paul says, Listen, whether I can convince you to be a Christian or not is irrelevant, what doesn’t change is my hope that you, and everyone else in here would understand the significance of Jesus death and resurrection.

And this too should be our response to the excuses of the world around us. No matter if you do; or if you don’t, I hope you will.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acts 25: “Turn Every Moment into the Gospel”

Martin Niemoller

John MacAuthur shared an interesting story about Martin Niemoller:


“Martin Niemoller was a Christian, a German Christian who was captured by the Nazis and spent nine years in prison, and endured horrors, just horrible things. At end of World War II, when he was released, he came to America, and of course, there was very much interest in his coming. And he traveled around America and spoke. And he spoke out of the context of nine years, of the horrors of a Nazi prison.

Two Reporters commented on Niemoller and his speech, in one city, and this was their comment. “Imagine,” said one Reporter, disgustedly, “nine years in a Nazi prison and all he can talk about is Jesus Christ.”


“Imagine…” Starting in 1937, Martin Niemoller would spend 14 month in solitary confinement and a total of 9 years in prison on charges the German officials called, “treasonable statements.”

Instead of coming out of prison a hardened man, full of bitterness and resentment towards God, Niemoller became president of the Hessen-Nassau Lutheran Church and began a world tour preaching collective guilt for Nazi persecution and crimes against humanity. Niemoller took every moment and turned it into the gospel.

Connection to Paul

Acts 25 and 26 rightfully should be discussed together, but because of the NIVS (Numeric Interrupter Device’s): Chapters and verses; we have to stick with Chapter 25 today and 26 tomorrow.

Paul just got done a two year prison sentence under Governor Felix, don’t worry, it wasn’t all that bad for him, but now there’s a new Governor in town, Festus; and Festus will need to get caught up on Paul’s case. Here’s something interesting about Paul’s two years in prison: It’s the only time in Paul’s ministry that he doesn’t preach, teach, or write any letters. Some scholars believe this was a sabbatical rest time for Paul who up to this point hadn’t stopped long enough to brush his teeth! But like Niemoller, Paul had the ability to take every moment and turn it into the gospel.

It’s like what Paul communicated to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:


2 Timothy 4:2,5 (NLT) 2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.


Paul’s instructions to Timothy aren’t coming from a textbook, but rather from his own life experience. You may be getting tired of hearing that Paul preached the word of God no matter the circumstance, but the whole last half of Acts for Paul… is nothing but circumstance! Even when you read Acts 25 you have to admit that Paul, “kept a clear mind in every situation.” He and Jesus had this in common.

Connection to Jesus

Jesus was the master of making the most of every opportunity. Take for instance these examples:

  • The woman at the well needs water: Jesus says, “I am the everlasting water.”
  • Feeding of the four and five thousand: Jesus says, “I am the bread of life.”
  • A Menorah sits in the Temple: Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.”
  • High Priest pours out the water at the Feast of Tabernacle: Jesus says, “I am the water of life”

 

 

Both Jesus and Paul were masters at taking every moment and turning it into the gospel.

Back to Paul and Closing

In closing I want us to realize the gravity and connection between all these examples. Whether it was Niemoller overcoming persecution, Paul living out the testimony of the gospel, or Jesus using everything around him as a sermon illustration; not one moment was missed for the gospel.

You have the opportunity today to take your circumstance, your life, your situation, and magnify Jesus in it and through it. You may ask, “how do I do that?” The first thing you need to do is be ready! Don’t read from a script, let you life be the script. Instead of memorizing the four spiritual laws (which is not a bad idea), live the four spiritual laws!

Paul was stuck in a Caesarean prison for two years and with the first opportunity he had, what did he talk about? Jesus! Paul took every moment and turned it into the gospel. Now it’s your turn!

Acts 24: “Don’t Sugarcoat the Gospel”

In the next three chapters of Acts (Acts 24,25,26), Paul will find himself on trial before three different Roman politicians: Felix, Festus, and Agrippa. He will also find himself with a prime opportunity to share the message of Christ to these high ranking Gentiles.

As I was reading and studying I couldn’t help but think of Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 10:


Matthew 10:16-20 (NLT) 16 “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. 17 But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues. 18 You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me. 19 When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. 20 For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.


The amazing reality of this prophecy is that Paul would find himself not only being the one who would flog the disciples, but would later stand trial as an apostle.

So here we find Paul in Acts 24:

  • (v. 16) Sheep among wolves
  • (v. 17) Handed over to the courts
  • (v.18) Standing trial before governors
  • (v. 18) Using the opportunity to tell about Jesus
  • (v. 19) Not worrying about how to respond or what to say

Continue reading Acts 24: “Don’t Sugarcoat the Gospel”

Acts 23: “Hope in the Resurrection”

What Do You Hope For?

Hope is a word that get’s thrown around pretty willy-nilly these days. Shoot, I do it myself when I say things like, “I hope Michigan beats Ohio State this year!” Or, “I hope that light stays green!” These aren’t bad uses of the word “hope,” but they just don’t really mean anything in the end. As we begin today, ask yourself this question: What do you hope for in the end? I mean, really hope for? You have to know that what we hope for determines a lot about how we live. It’s been scientifically proven that mentality helps shapes your future.

Hopeful

A man approached a little league baseball game on afternoon. He asked a boy in the dugout what the score was. The boy responded, “Eighteen to nothing-we’re behind.”

“Boy,” said the spectator, “I’ll bet you’re discouraged.”

“Why should I be discouraged?” replied the little boy. “We haven’t even gotten up to bat yet!”

Hope in the Resurrection

Hope: “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” Let me be clear, what we hope for determines a lot about how we live. Paul in Acts 23 makes a bold declaration both philosophically and theologically. Continue reading Acts 23: “Hope in the Resurrection”

Acts 22: “Paul’s/Your Testimony”

Again, as we often find him, Paul is standing in front of a crowd of people fighting to be heard. He’s made his way back to Jerusalem only to find himself being arrested on fabricated charges. But Paul knew he would be arrested, he knows that eventually he will be killed for the cause of Christ, yet he doesn’t look at his arrest as a bad thing, instead Paul uses this opportunity to testify to the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Testimony:

(noun) tes·ti·mo·ny \ˈtes-tə-ˌmō-nē\
  • : something that someone says especially in a court of law while formally promising to tell the truth

  • : proof or evidence that something exists or is true


 

Above you will find the definition of the word “testimony,” as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Notice the foundational principles of a testimony:

  • Something someone says (or writes down)
  • Proof or evidence that something is true 

“Evidence that something is true…” The testimony of our life should be evidence that something, or I would add, someone is true. With there being so much debate about the existence of God, our lives should be lived in such a way that the existence of God would be assumed. Meaning: Who we were, is not who we are; and who we are, is only due to the evidence of God’s grace in our lives.

Think about this question: When was the last time you shared your testimony?

I don’t mean standing up in front of your church on a special occasion. I mean, sitting down with another person and sharing with them what Christ has done in your life. Your testimony shouldn’t be relegated to that one time when you were driving home from church with your parents when you were six. That’s not a bad place to start, and for many of us, that’s the truth of your story, but your testimony is constantly being written. Peter helps to remind us that we should always be ready to share our testimony:


1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,


Everyone Has a Testimony 

Before we begin there’s something you should know: Everyone, everywhere, at any given time, has a testimony. Growing up in the church, and being involved in full time ministry, I hear people say either,”I don’t have one,” or “my testimony is boring.” Folks, there’s nothing boring about the grace of God penetrating even the tiniest of hearts. Know this, everyone has a testimony! Whether you’re testifying that your life is wreck and you have no need of God; or you’re sharing about the saving grace of God, trust me, you’re testifying to something.

Paul’s Testimony

Three different times in the book of Acts we find Paul giving his testimony. Each time he shares it a little differently, but every time he includes three distinct points.

  1. (22:1-6) Before: Paul’s life before Christ
  2. (22:7-16) During: Paul testimony of what happened
  3. (22:17-23) After: How life has been different now

This structure is a very simple and easy to get you started in writing down your testimony. Yes, writing down your testimony!

Your Testimony

I want to challenge you this week to write out your testimony. This is an incredible practice that will only help you in sharing your faith. It also may serve as a catalyst to remind you of your salvation. I tell people all the time, “don’t ever forget what Christ saved you from.” If we don’t forget what Christ saved us from, we’ll always remember His wonderful gift of grace.

To help you get started, here’s three questions that may help:

  1. What was your life like before you encountered Jesus?
  2. How did you meet Jesus?
  3. What difference has following Jesus made in your life?

For more information, and a great resource, here’s an article on the Intervarsity Website entitled, “30 Minutes to a Shareable Testimony.”

 

Acts 21:”Tell ‘Em, Show ‘Em, Can’t Make ‘Em”

Ever since I was a teenager I have always loved Oakley sunglasses. I can remember getting my first pair of “M” Frames back in 1994 for $165! To a 15 year old in 1994, $165 was like a thousand dollars! There’s only one problem with owning $165 sunglasses; losing $165 sunglasses. Here’s the other problem, having a chronic habit of buying $165 sunglasses, losing them, replacing them, then losing them again… I know, it’s a problem.

I wish I could tell you that it’s been relegated to the 1994 version of myself, but unfortunately I can’t. Through much of my life since 1994 I have donated some really nice sunglasses to restaurants, amusement parks, beaches, and even the back of a cab in San Francisco (only had those for two days…two days!). I’ve had friends and family over the years tell me not to buy expensive expensive sunglasses; they’ve even showed me where to buy cheaper sunglasses; but at the end of the day, I had to make the decision to do what they suggested.


Acts 21:10-12 (NLT) 10 Several days later a man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea. 11 He came over, took Paul’s belt, and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, “The Holy Spirit declares, ‘So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles.’” 12 When we heard this, we and the local believers all begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.

Continue reading Acts 21:”Tell ‘Em, Show ‘Em, Can’t Make ‘Em”

Acts 20: “Unless I…”

Acts 20:24 (NLT) 24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.


While Paul resolutely sets out for Jerusalem, he takes some time to give a final word to the Ephesian elders. His words, which are the result of a three year ministry, are both powerful and personal. There’s a lot that can be learned when you break down just one verse of Paul’s declaration.

If we resonate with Paul’s words, we potentially can see the parallel between the reality of Paul’s life and our own. Paul said, and I agree, my life is worth nothing unless I…

  • Use it
  • Use it for finishing the work assigned me
  • The work of telling others the Good News

Use it

The first reality for Paul is that his life would be worth nothing, unless he used it. Sounds pretty simple, but sometimes it’s a difficult thing to do.

I went to a friends house who was putting a new subfloor in their kitchen, and notice he was fastening each board with a cordless drill instead of using the Quik Drill sitting against the wall. When I asked why he wasn’t using the drill that would cut the job in half, he said it was because it was too difficult. He ended up using it, and doing the job in half the time…after I showed him how. A tool needed, but unused, is useless.

Our life is a tool that God desires to use for his benefit and glory, but we have to be willing to be used, even when it’s difficult.

Use it for Finishing the Work Assigned Me

A man was trying hypnosis to help him quit smoking. His friend asked whether he thought it would work. “Sure,” he said, “it worked the last time I tried it!” Let’s face it: starting well is relatively easy, finishing is the harder part.

The NIV indicates Paul’s language was “finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me.” This passage reminds us of the letter that Paul wrote to his brother Timothy towards the end of his journey. 2 Timothy 4:7 (NLT) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 

Like Paul, I desire to constantly learn the path, plan, race, assignment… whatever you want to call it… for following Jesus. I believe the goal of life isn’t the destination, it’s the journey. If you’re careful to seek God along the journey, you’ll never miss the destination.

The Work of Telling Others the Good News

Paul wasn’t confused or short in understanding the work assigned to him. He knew it was telling others the Good News of the Gospel. I think when we’re done reading the New Testament we’ll find Paul to be a person who proved he took series the work Jesus assigned to him.

I believe that we should all, “tell others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God,” but Paul recognized this as his “assignment.” I’m interested in you exploring the difference between your job and your assignment, and maybe for you those are the same thing.

Final Thought

What is the work Jesus assigned you? Think about it; write it down. Now consider this: Your life will be worth nothing if you don’t do that; whatever “that” is.

Acts 19: “Recipe for Revival”

Ephesus “Where”

Before we get started in talking about the “how” that led to a revival that lasted for over two years, we first need to understand the “where.”

If you couldn’t tell by the themes of chapter 19, Ephesus was a hot bed for demonic superstition and worship of the underworld. Ephesus was widely known throughout the region as the “Citadel of Satan.” It was also the location for the distinct worship of Artemis, the goddess of the earth who controlled the sexual reproductive power in both men and women. The Great Temple of Artemis in Ephesus would have been a popular destination for anyone in the region struggling with infertility. Because of the location and popularity for tourism, Ephesus was also a city of wealth. Many of the craftsmen of silver, gold, and clay made a nice living for themselves making tiny figurines of Artemis.

Having knowledge to the spiritual condition of Ephesus only helps to paint the picture of what Paul was up against. It also serves as an incredible testimony to the power of the Holy Spirit to seize an entire city, much like what we will see in Rome a few years later.

Recipe “How”

A lot of pieces need to come together in order for a revival to take over a city and last for close to three years. Let’s refer to these pieces as ingredients that make up the entire recipe for revival.

Daily Discussions

One of the first things we notice is that Paul first goes to the Jews. This is a common theme and practice of the apostles. Even though Paul’s patience for the Jews is starting to wear thin, he still adheres to the understanding, “first for the Jews, then for the Gentiles.”

When Paul is yet again met with resistance, he decides to switch it up and move the meetings to a town hall called Tyrannus. There’s nothing major here to report about Tyrannus, however, what Paul does “daily” is significant.

Because it was common for people to work in the morning, take off in the hot afternoon, and work in the evening, Paul utilized the people’s downtime to teach them regarding the Messiah. So these meetings were called “discussions” in order to attract people who would otherwise not go to the synagogue. You could say Paul, in a way, was the inventor of the “seeker sensitive” movement. Although I highly doubt anything Paul said was sensitive. These leads to another ingredient that if you’re not careful you’ll miss, Home Groups.

Home Groups

Most recently I’ve been really trying to push the necessity for people to meet in small groups. Not only for it’s benefits of creating a culture of care, small groups, or home groups, was a primary way for Paul to give individual instruction. He used home groups to communicate not only doctrine, but philosophy, as well as strategy of the church. If I can cheat for a minute, look at what Paul indicates in his farewell address to the Ephesians in Acts 20:19-20 (ESV)… 19 serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; 20 how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house…

  • “teaching you in public” = Daily discussions at the Lecture Hall of Tyrannus
  • “and from house to house” =  Home Groups

If the ingredients of Daily Discussion and Home Groups was strong enough to sustain a revival, I think it would be strong enough for us to consider as a part of our rhythm of life.

Spirit of Confession

To make just a quick reference here, another ingredient for revival is spirit of confession. Since we’ve learned that Ephesus was a pit of demonic activity and sorcery, it’s really powerful to read that many of the leaders and practicers of the dark arts confess to their sinful practices (v.18). Not only do they confess, but they brought their incantation(book of spells) books (plural, meaning more than one) and burned them in public bonfires! These books were worth over 50,000 drachma a piece! A drachma was a silver coin worth a days wage! I’m emphasizing that there was a serious call and demonstration of confession on the city of Ephesus.

What Can We Learn

In short, this chapter has served for me as a powerful reminder that there are things we can do/support in order for people, churches, cities, etc. to experience revival. Knowing it ultimately depends on the moving of the Holy Spirit, there are still ingredients that can only help the cause.

Recipe for Revival Stew:

  • Add a (1/4 cup) of Daily Teaching
  • Place (4 Tbsp) of Home Groups
  • Sprinkle in (1 cup) of Confession (Make sure to remove the impurities)
  • Pour in the Power of the Holy Spirit (Mix in thoroughly)