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 [...]

Life-changing or Time Wasting?
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Would you be surprised to learn that only 31% of Americans believe that the Bible is the literal word of God. That number shrinks to a mere 10% if we’re only asking people who claim no religious affiliation. In addition to that, 19% of Americans feel the Bible is nothing more than a compilation of myths and legends.

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What do you think? Do you believe the Bible is the literal word of God or a [...]

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 [...]

Inside Story: Show Me Your Church, part 2
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Roger asked his pastor to visit his school and explain what Adventists believe

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and why the congregations in the Republic of the Congo met in houses, sheds, and covered courtyards.

The next day Roger struggled to listen in class while the pastor and the field president met with the school director. The meeting seemed to last forever. Then moments after the pastors left the school, the director stepped into Roger’s classroom and said, “From now on [...]

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 [...]

Wednesday: Revival, Faith, and the Word
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Speaking of the time just before His return, Jesus said, “‘Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?’ ”(Luke 18:8, NKJV).

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Evidently, faith will be in short supply in the last days.

How might we define biblical faith? Is faith believing that God will give us anything we want? Is faith centered in our desires? Is faith about asking God for what we want and believing we will receive [...]

03: The Foundation of Revival – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : When we spend time with God in His Word, we will know Him better, depend on Him more, and witness for Him more effectively.

[Teaching plan for The Foundation of Revival July 15. 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Hebrews 4:12.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What is your understanding of what this passage means?
C. Personal Application: In what ways has the power of God’s [...]