Will God Bring Revival?

Prepare and Expect


Many worship songs today include lines about God sending revival or pouring out His Spirit on us. We sing about revival and hear sermons on the subject, but few Christians truly understand what revival means for the church. Christian leaders Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Tim Keller, and Collin Hansen examine principles from past revivals, the condition of the church today, and how God orchestrates revival among His people. 


Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth is a speaker, author and host of the radio shows, Revive Our Hearts, and, Seeking Him. Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the coauthor of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir.




Nancy, Tim, and Collin said the church today focuses less on revival and more on sound doctrine and attracting unbelievers. While these elements are vitally important, the speakers pointed out that Christians have much to learn about revival. 

Tim observed that churches today focus more on outreach and less on spiritual maturity and health—which he says is what makes the church attractive to nonbelievers rather than outreach programs. What do you think of his assertion? Do you agree? Why or why not? How does your church experience prove or disprove his argument?
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Tim said a revival comes with the combination of Bible-based teaching and the intervention of the Holy Spirit. Does Tim’s definition of revival match how you define revival? Why or why not?
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What stood out to you about Nancy, Tim, and Collin’s discussion on revival? Why?
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Have you ever experienced any sort of revival? If so, what was it like? Was it expected? What setting were you in? How did God speak to you?
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The speakers pointed out one way we can learn about and be inspired to revival is through learning about past revivals. Have you studied revival stories before? If so, how did they impact your Christian walk? If not, what could you do to investigate past revivals in the next few days?
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What might it look like to prepare for revival at your church this week? What practical steps could you take toward anticipating the work of the Holy Spirit in your life and the life of your church?
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Pray for revival in your heart, your church, your city. Remain faithful to God. Obey Him and follow His guidance. Read up on past revival stories and let them inspire you to action. In the meantime, wait expectantly for God to intervene through His Spirit.  


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