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Sermon: Knowing When A Church Is In Revival.

Today, we will explore a chapter in the Lord's grand narrative that speaks to transformation and awakening. Together, we will examine the unmistakable signs of a church in revival, guided by the divine event that unfolded on the Day of Pentecost, as recounted in the Book of Acts 2:1-4.

"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly, there came a sound from heaven like a rushing mighty wind, filling all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."


The Birth of the Church

On this day, we recognize the birth of the Church — a moment that was not just a historical event but a powerful demonstration of how the Spirit revives us. The first believers were in one accord, in unity, eagerly anticipating the promise of the Father. This unity is our first sign. Expect a holy visitation when believers gather with a shared purpose and genuine desire for God's presence.


The Presence of the Spirit

Revival begins with an unmistakable awareness of the Holy Spirit's presence. Like the disciples who experienced a 'rushing mighty wind,' a church in revival feels God's very breath move among its people, stirring hearts and awakening souls.


Transformation of Hearts

At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended, transforming lives. A revived church witnesses similar transformations—a turning away from sin, a renewed hunger for God's Word, and life changes that testify to an encounter with the divine. When you notice a collective passion for holiness and righteousness, when prayers intensify, and when worship becomes heartfelt, these are the fruits of revival.


Empowerment for Service

The fiery tongues represented empowerment for service, equipping each believer with gifts. A church in revival sees its members energized to serve, gifted in ways that enhance the unity and mission of the body of Christ. Such empowerment enables us to transcend our limitations and serve with joy and effectiveness beyond our natural capabilities.


Evangelistic Zeal

Finally, Pentecost sparked a zeal for evangelism. A church in vibrant revival cannot keep silent. It spreads the Good News, just as Peter did when he raised his voice to witness. A revived church is mission-focused, reaching out to the lost with compassion, urgency, and the irresistible story of redemption.


Conclusion

Brothers and Sisters, we yearn for such revival in our time, hearts, and Church. May we unite, pray for the Spirit's outpouring, seek transformation, serve empowered, and proclaim the Gospel fervently. May we live every day in anticipation of that wind from heaven that fills our sails and directs us toward the divine horizon.


As we leave this sacred assembly, remember the signs of revival, cherish them, and seek them earnestly in your walk with God. Tarry in prayer at home, in your neighborhood, and at our congregational gatherings. May we be a church marked by activities and the living, breathing Spirit of the Most High.


"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." (Psalm 126:5-6)


Go forth, beloved, in hope and expectation of revival, for our God is still in the business of transformation today, tomorrow, and until the end of the age.


Amen.

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