* Acts 3:11-23
v9 – REPENTANCE – turn to God
v19 – REFRESHMENT – Is. 12:3
v20,21 – RESTORATION – “the Christ”
* David Obbold – ‘Ploughboy to Pastor’ – Chapter 7 – Vision ? or Dream ?
“Before continuing with the main purpose of recording the events and experiences which changed me from a ploughboy to a pastor, I would like to record something else I believe the Lord showed me when, in 1954, I was earnestly seeking his enabling power and grace to obey the Saviour’s command to “follow me”.
When studying and praying over Ezekiel 37, and seeking its fulfilment in my own soul, I was given a strong persuasion that not only would the Lord send revival to me, but that, if I lived to the average age of my forebears – about 82 years – I would also see revival on a worldwide scale such as has never been witnessed before.
It came to me in this way; that as bone came to bone, so there would be a revival of interest in the doctrines of grace, which are surely the framework of the true church, but this would not bring revival itself. Also, as the sinews and flesh came upon them, so there would follow a revival of true biblical order and experimental spiritual life, but neither would these things bring revival. Following this there would be a mighty movement of the Holy Spirit, the breath of God, and the church would be raised from its lifeless state to that of an exceeding great army.
When this persuasion came to me there was presented to my mind the figure of twenty year periods; twenty years for the bones to come together; twenty years during which Bible-base churches of born-again believers would be established on a worldwide scale; and some time during the next twenty years (i.e. from 1994 onwards) a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit. I can give no reason for these twenty year periods other than to repeat that they were presented to my mind at that time.”
* Guinness / Seal – experiences for sub. revelation
– truth needs to be experienced to be real
– experience without truth is subjective
A. THE NATURE OF EXPERIENCE
i. Not Just An Emotional Experience
ii. Not Just A Transient Experience
iii. A Prophetic Experience
B. THE NATURE OF THE GOSPEL
* Three Jews
* Alternative World – view
C. THE NATURE OF LEADERSHIP
* 1 Cor. 4:15 – “not many fathers”
i. 1 Cor. 4:1 – “I am not seeking my own goal but the good of many – follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
* Power of Example
ii. 1 John 2:13,14 – “known him who is from the beginning”
* Perspective of Experience
iii. 1 Thess. 2:11,12 – “dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children – encouraging, comforting and urging you”
* Principle of Enabling