Sunday Morning 8/14/11

Posted by Sherry


Lamentations 3:40-42

CBC 8/14/11 SM

I’ll give you the definition & you give me the word

“to live again”, “to bring back to life or consciences”

resuscitate or revive

  • AED not a pleasant experience
    • u fall down in public
    • your upper body is exposed
    • you are SHOCKED w/ electrical current
    • you hopefully wake up
    • sometimes you die

Apply to the Church:

  • process by which spiritual life & power of God through His people is brought back to full strength
    • deal w/ deadness in the church
    • return to spiritual health & vitality
    • restoring spiritual life & power w/ in Christians IN THE CHURCH
    • 152 on a list by the door who aren’t participating...lost power...
    • R they spiritually sick?
    • R we spiritually sick for not checking on them?

Charles Finney, “revival is the renewal of the first love of Christians, resulting in the awakening and conversion of sinners to God...”


  • for members of His church to examine ourselves and realize where we are spiritually
    • realize we are apathetic
    • realize we are complacent
    • realize we have been less than faithful to God
    • admit that we have been less than 100% sold out for God
    • see our need to fall on our knees before God
    • to confess our sinfulness & shortcomings
    • turn back to God in true brokenness
  • God wants to recharge us to full power
    • to have the strength to minister to those around us
    • to be a testimony to the powerless of true transformation
    • to create an appetite in the community for the power of God

TEXT: Lamentations 3:40-42

40Let us test and examine our ways, and let us return to the Lord!

41Let us lift up our hearts and our hands [and then with them mount up in prayer] to God in heaven:

42We have transgressed and rebelled and You have not pardoned.


  • not about people we know who need to straighten up
    • backslidden Bill
    • lost Leanne
    • dirty Dan
    • let’s start another program
    • let’s start a support group
    • let’s get an evangelism committee going
    • I’ll devote my time, talent & treasure to reviving someone else, BUT DON’T MAKE ME LOOK @ MY OWN SPIRITUAL LIFE!
    • don’t hold my life up to the Light of God’s holiness & purity
    • don’t make me look at what I’m doing today
    • how I’m living my life as compared to the sacrifice Christ made for us


  • we’re afraid we’ll need to make some adjustments
    • need for revival is not THEM OUT THERE
    • revival is for US RIGHT HERE
    • examine ourselves
    • test ourselves
    • return to the Lord our God


  • revival is for “our” good
    • God has a formula for recharging to get going again

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

  • God doesn’t “default” on His promises
    • I WILL hear...
    • I WILL forgive...
    • I WILL heal...
    • “IF” (conditional prerequisite)
    • ...we humble ourselves
    • ...we pray
    • ...we seek God’s face
    • ...we turn from our wicked ways


  • Expository Dictionary of Bible Words says there is “pain” involved w/ self-examination & confession of sin
    • honestly evaluating our conduct & attitudes against the plumb line of God’s Word

Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword it penetrates even to the dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.


  • It’s a process outlined in the book of James
    • submit ourselves to God’s control
    • resist the devil & he will run away
    • come near to God & He comes near to us
    • wash your hands sinners
    • purify your hearts you double-minded
    • grieve, mourn & wail for your sin
    • change your laughter to mourning
    • humble yourselves before the Lord & He will lift you up


  • sadly in our “care-free” lifestyle, not many
    • Word pierces our soul SM too painful to come back SN
    • Word convicts us of our lazy lifestyle & we have to wait a few Sunday’s before we can come back to church
    • Word exposes our sin and shortcomings and we hide like Adam & Eve in the bushes
    • Word reveals the changes we need to make and we grumble b/c we DON’T LIKE CHANGE
    • Word becomes something we want to stay away from instead of embrace
    • Word is the way to heaven, but many have chosen the easy road to Hell, church membership papers in hand all the way down

INV: What about you?

  • R U willing to do what it takes to be Recharged so we can get going for God?
    • do you care about your own place in eternity?
    • do you care about living in a Godly community instead of one infested with sin & crime?
    • do you care about America? R U Willing to sacrifice for our great country?

Altar is open!


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