Acts 3:11-23 (ESV)
While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s. 12And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. 14But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
17″And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, 20that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 22Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’
v9 – REPENTANCE – turn to God
v19 – REFRESHMENT – Isa. 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.”
Os Guinness / Seal [this has been posted in full here, Ed.]
– 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
[Ed. I think it was,
– Marx – Materialism
– Freud – Determinism
– Einstein – Existentialism]
* 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