Wednesday: A Witnessing Faith Is a Growing Faith
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Activity is a law of life. In order to be healthy, our bodies need consistent exercise.

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Every organ, muscle, and tissue is strengthened and invigorated through exercise. When we neglect exercise, our immune system is compromised, and we become more susceptible to disease.

Something similar happens to us spiritually when we do not exercise our faith through witnessing. The words of Jesus, that “‘“it is more blessed to give than to receive”’” (Acts 20:35), work themselves out [...]

04: Witnessing & Service The Fruit of Revival – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Witnessing and living an unselfish life of blessing to others is the fruit of an intimate experience with Jesus.

[Teaching plan for Witnessing & Service The Fruit of Revival July 22, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Acts 1:8.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What kind of power was Jesus talking about coming upon the disciples?
C. Personal Application: What in your life shows your interest [...]

Tuesday: The Power of Personal Testimony
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Religious ritual has little power to change lives. Religious formalism leaves people spiritually barren.

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Doctrine alone will not transform hearts. The power of New Testament witnessing was rooted in the genuineness of lives changed by the gospel. The disciples were not play-acting. They were not going through the motions. Theirs was not some form of artificial spirituality. An encounter with the living Christ had changed them, and they could not be silent any longer.

What common thread [...]

Monday: Receiving the Promise
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The mission of sharing His love and truth with the entire world must have seemed overwhelming to this small group of disciples.

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The challenge was enormous, the task immense. Its accomplishment in their lifetime might certainly have seemed impossible (as it can in ours). The best estimates are that the population of the Roman Empire in the first century was approximately sixty to seventy million. According to the first chapter of Acts, one 120 believers [...]

Sunday: Christ’s Parting Commission and Promise
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Christ did not establish His church in order for it to simply care for itself.

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Jesus’ parting words focused upon the church’s mission. Christ’s intention is for His church to look beyond itself. He established it to share the light of His love and the message of His salvation with the world.

Read and summarize the following texts. How does each passage reveal Jesus’ heart desire for His church?

Matt. 28:19-20

Mark 16:15

Luke 24:45-49

John 20:21

Once Christ ascended to heaven, [...]

Recipe for Revival Part Three: Seek God’s Face First
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While living in Texas, one day as I was grocery shopping, I decided I was tired of bringing the proverbial bachelor dish of canned corn to church potlucks. I wanted to actually make something. I stood there in the middle of the store, with my cart, wondering what a bachelor like me could possibly make.

Enchiladas! Those can’t be too hard.

So I set out on a hunt, looking for things that would go well in an enchilada dish. I came up [...]

Sabbath: Witness and Service: The Fruit of Revival
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Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 28:19-20; John 20:21; Acts 2; Acts 22:1-14; John 6:1-11;Acts 8:26-38.

Memory Text: “‘But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth’” (Acts 1:8, NKJV).

The purpose of revival is to fill our hearts with such a love for Jesus that we long to share this love with every person possible. In genuine revival, our own hearts [...]

Further Study: The Word: The Foundation of Revival
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“‘To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.’ Isaiah 8:20 . The people of God are directed to the Scriptures as their safeguard against the influence of false teachers and the delusive power of spirits of darkness. Satan employs every possible device to prevent men from obtaining a knowledge of the Bible; for its plain utterances reveal his deceptions. At every revival of God’s work the [...]

03: The Word: The Foundation of Revival – Thought Starters
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“Plead my cause and redeem me; revive me according to your word.”
Psalm 119:154 NKJV

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[Thought questions for The Word: The Foundation of Revival July 17, 2013]

1. Can the Bible revive us? If spiritual truth and power are contained in God’s Word, can reading Scripture draw us closer to the One who is Truth? Have you ever been discouraged or heartbroken until God’s Word reminded you of God’s love for you and [...]

Thursday: The Word: Revival’s Guardian and Safeguard
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The Holy Spirit mightily moved through the teaching and preaching of the apostle Paul as he established the Christian church in Ephesus.

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Ephesus was a city of approximately two hundred fifty thousand people. It was considered the market place of Asia. As ships brought their wares from throughout Asia, people flocked to Ephesus to buy fine silk, rare jewels, flavorful spices, hand-woven carpets, exquisite art objects, and exotic foods. It was also the center for [...]