Lesson 13

The Promised Revival: God's Mission Completed

(Joel 2, Matthew 28, Revelation 14)
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Introduction: We come to the final lesson in this series about revival and reformation. After these studies, what do you now think is the goal of revival and reformation? Would you agree that it is to get to know God better so that we love Him more? What is the purpose of getting to know God better and loving Him more? To get ready to go home to live with Him forever? To take with us as many as possible? Let's plunge into our study to contemplate how we finish the work God has given us!

  1. Until the End


    1. Read Matthew 28:18. This is Jesus speaking. Why would He say that all authority in heaven and earth had been given to Him? Didn't He always have it? Why say "given?"(Jesus had just defeated sin at the cross. He defeated the authority of Satan on earth; an authority given by Adam and Eve when they sinned.)


    2. Read Matthew 28:19-20. How should Jesus' victory at the cross change our work? (Now that Jesus has defeated sin, we have the great opportunity to share the good news!)


      1. What should be the result of hearing this good news? (That we give our allegiance to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that we become baptized and that we obey.)


      2. What does Jesus promise? (He will be with us to the "very end of the age."


        1. Why is that important? (He is not deserting us - ever!)


        2. I like this promise to be with us, but I wonder why Jesus specifically mentions the "end of the age." What do you think is the reason Jesus specifically mentioned it? (Jesus is not giving up on us.)


    3. Read Acts 3:17-21. Peter writes that Jesus will remain in heaven until the end. How can Jesus say that He is with us "to the very end of the age" and yet He remains in heaven until He comes again? (Read John 16:5-7. Jesus says that He will send the "Counselor" (the Holy Spirit). If you continue reading John 16:8-15 you find the rest of the details.)


      1. If you have said, "I wish that I could have been with Jesus," for what should you pray? If you want Jesus to help you with your discipleship work, for what should you pray? (For the Holy Spirit.)


  2. End Time Power


    1. Read Joel 2:28. One spiritual thing that troubles me is that the Holy Spirit was active in the early church in a way that my church would not recognize. What does the word picture "pour" teach us about the work of the Holy Spirit? (The Holy Spirit manifests Himself in different measures. I call it "high power" and "low power" Holy Spirit. "Afterward" we will have the Holy Spirit "poured," that must mean high power.)


      1. Is that yet to happen? Something for which we have to wait? (In Acts 2, the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came in high power. In Acts 2:14-17 Peter says that Joel 2 is being fulfilled then. That tells me that we have entered the high power time.)


    2. Joel 2 contains several symbols. We have the symbol of God leading a mighty army. The symbol of God's people preparing for His coming. The symbol of God blessing His people like He blesses farmers. Read Joel 2:23. This speaks of autumn and spring rains. Is this evidence that the Holy Spirit is poured out in different measures at different times? (Yes.)


      1. Does that explain why we now seem to be living in a low power time for the Holy Spirit?


      2. If you said, "Yes," how do you explain that the pouring time of Joel 2 began at Pentecost? (I think we are at fault. I believe that the Holy Spirit is willing to pour right now, but we are holding Him back.)


      3. If we are holding the Holy Spirit back, what does that say about us looking forward to Jesus' Second Coming?


    3. What can we do about this problem of experiencing only low power Holy Spirit? (Read Acts 1:12-14. This is how Jesus' followers got ready for high power Holy Spirit.)


  3. High Power Holy Spirit


    1. Read Joel 2:28-29. In the Old Testament we had the priest and prophet model of leadership. In the early church, Jesus selected young men to be His leadership team. What leadership model do we see here? (Gender and age are irrelevant. Social status is irrelevant. The Holy Spirit works through every willing person.)


      1. Is there anything we should be doing now regarding our organization model to prepare for high power Holy Spirit?


    2. Read Joel 2:30-31. What should we expect to happen? (Wonders in heaven and on earth.)


      1. Is this all good? ("Blood, fire and billows of smoke" do not sound positive to me!)


      2. Notice that the last part of verse 31 refers to the "great and dreadful day of the Lord." What light does that give? (The final days are a combination of wonderful and dreadful.)


    1. Read Joel 2:32. What can we know about the wonderful part? (That if we call on Jesus, we will be saved.)


  1. Final Conflict


    1. Read Revelation 14:6-7. What should we be doing? Cheering on the angel messengers? (Read Philippians 1:3-5. We are in a partnership with God to share the "eternal gospel" until He comes.)


      1. Why is an angel mentioned if this is our work? (This confirms the partnership. The mighty resources of heaven are in partnership with us to share the gospel)


    2. Look again at Revelation 14:6-7. What is at the core of the gospel? (God is our Creator, and He deserves our worship. God is our Judge and our Redeemer, the time has come to choose to partner with God.)


    3. Read Revelation 14:8. What is our message here? (That Satan and his strongholds have been defeated.)


    4. Read Revelation 14:9-11. What is our message here? (If you give your allegiance to Satan, it will not go well for you.)


      1. Read Luke 15:1-2. How do we welcome sinners and tax collectors, as Jesus did, and be true to the message of Revelation 14:9-11? (This calls for the Holy Spirit to lead! The essentials are that we welcome sinners to our church, but we tell them the truth about judgment. How these are put together requires Holy Spirit driven discretion.)


    5. Read Revelation 14:12. "Patient endurance" is not how I would describe our gospel partnership with the powers of heaven. Let's go do something great! What point am I missing? (This is not a sprint, where we become winded and stop. This is a long-term project. We need to be patient, we need to endure.)


      1. What do God's followers in this final gospel push look like? (They obey God, they are faithful to God. These are a people whose goal is holiness.)


    6. Read Revelation 19:11-14. Who is the rider? (Jesus!)


      1. How does Jesus' Second Coming compare to His first? (This is what Jesus' disciples wanted. "With justice," Jesus "judges and makes war." Jesus destroys sin, death and those who promote them.)


    1. Read Revelation 21:1-4. Come, Lord Jesus, come!


    2. Friend, do you want an end to tears, death, mourning and pain? If so, pray for high power Holy Spirit, and partner with God to share the everlasting gospel. Will you ask the Spirit to help you show endurance, reflect holy living and patience for your Champion to bring the armies of heaven to bring an end to sin!


  1. Next week: We start a new series of lessons entitled "The Picture of Salvation."

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