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Are you burdened by the condition of this world? Are you concerned with the present problems of this age? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones introduces a sermon series on revival by discussing some common misconceptions about apologetics and evangelism in today’s age. By using the illustration seen in Mark 9:28-29, he acknowledges that there are indeed different times, which require different means of actions. The church and its members often rush to fix a problem before properly diagnosing the issue. Just as Jesus did in Mark, we need to be reminded that we must have understanding in our approach. So, as you are confronted by the way certain people live, be mindful that each case is different. In speaking about apologetics, Dr. Lloyd-Jones discusses a common error of the church trying to make the faith relevant in today’s culture. Some say that newer Bible translations or better church advertising would cause revival. However, are those targeting the root of the modern problem? Revival comes only by the power from God. As we feel burdened or pressed of the condition of this world, we need to be in constant prayer for power and guidance for the Lord.
The need to look at Church history; patterns of revival always similar; Church unity not essential to revival; revival always brings division.
The condition of the Church before the great revivals of history; fundamental doctrines restored; modern Philistines and their ideas; 'the wrath of the Son'; the doctrine of sin.
Philistines and the modern Church; three great doctrines always rediscovered in revival; the work of the Holy Spirit in revival; false teaching about the Holy Spirit.
Defective orthodoxy and eccentric orthodoxy; the correct use of doctrine; the need for balance; revival must start in the Church; right doctrine; wrong spirit; sin a major factor.
No expectation in the Church; keeping the balance; the danger of quenching the Spirit; the danger of emotionalism; fear of the fake causes us to miss the true.
The error of surface spirituality; the right and wrong way of self-examination; do we seek to know Him? a true concern for the glory of God; the need for prayer.
The human capacity to forget; the danger of reading the Bible too subjectively; revivals in history; revival and evangelism; the difference explained; a repetition of the day of Pentecost.
The results of revival; revival statistics; the ways in which revivals have started; phenomenal evidence at times of revival; the weapons of our warfare are not carnal.
What revival does for the Church; the temptation of the preacher; some errors in the modern Church; when does God send revival? the Church needs to plead for revival.