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Jonah | Week 6 | Freed by Grace

Posted on Jul 05 at 08:59am

July 5, 2015 | Sermon Notes

What would the marks of a spiritual awakening or revival look like?

Jonah 3:4-10

Repentance is a response to God’s Word that results in an exchange of our arrogant, prideful selfishness for humble brokenness.

Repentance is not an add-on to who and what we are now in the hopes that it makes us better – like the toppings at a Yogurt shop.

Marks of a spiritual awakening in our hearts, our homes, Taylors, community, nation.

1. Expose our hearts to the word of God (Jonah 3:4)

To the unbeliever, it has explosive power.

Romans 1:16

To the believer, it has piercing power.

Hebrews 4:12-13

2. Submit to the power of Christ to rescue us instead of striving to reform ourselves (Jonah 3:5)

3. Respond with genuine sorrow over our sin (Jonah 3:5-9)

No upsurge of religious interest or excitement merits the name of revival if there is no profound sense of sin at its heart. God’s coming, and the consequent impact of his word, makes Christians much more sensitive to sin than they previously were: consciences become tender and a profound humbling takes place. The perverseness, ugliness, uncleanness, and guilt of sin are seen and felt with new vividness. Under revival conditions consciences are so quickened that conviction of each person’s own sinfulness becomes strong and terrible, inducing agonies of mind that are beyond imagining till they happen. The gospel of forgiveness through Christ’s cross comes to be loved as never before, as people see their need of it so much more clearly. – J.I. Packer in “Marks of Revival”

4. Match what God says with what we say and do (Jonah 3:10)

5. Live in God’s freedom (Jonah 3:10)