This week Ron preached on the Characteristics of Revival from Acts 3. In this sermon, he showed Peter’s “rubric” for understanding God’s dealings with his people throughout history, and laid out three characteristics of “times of refreshing”. Here are some resources that will help you further relate to this week’s sermon.
Further resources looking at the nature of God’s presence
What Does it Mean to Live in God’s Presence — Ask Pastor John
A Prayer for God’s Palpable Presence in our Midst — Scotty Smith
A chapter on God’s presence from A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God
Here is a helpful (although lengthy) defense of the continuation of the charismatic gifts from Andrew Wilson.
HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS: Quotes from sermon
Sarah Edwards: Under a delightful sense of the immediate presence and love of God, these words seemed to come over and over in my mind, ‘My God, my all; my God, my all.’ The presence of God was so near and so real that I seemed scarcely conscious of anything else. God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, seemed as distinct persons, both manifesting their inconceivable loveliness and mildness and gentleness and their great and immutable love to me.
D.L. Moody: ...one day, in the city of New York — oh, what a day! — I cannot describe it, I seldom refer to it; it is almost too sacred an experience to name … I can only say that God revealed himself to me, and I had such an experience of his love that I had to ask him to stay his hand. I went to preaching again. The sermons were not different; I did not present any new truths, and yet hundreds were converted. I would not now be placed back where I was before that blessed experience if you should give me all the world — it would be small dust in the balance.
Duncan Campbell (Hebrides Revival): Over 100 young people were at the dance in the parish hall and they weren’t thinking of God or eternity. God was not in all of their thoughts. They were there to have a good night when suddenly the power of God fell upon the dance. The music ceased and in a matter of minutes, the hall was empty. They fled from the hall as a man fleeing from a plague. And they made for the church.
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