Participants: David Shin
Series Code: FC
Program Code: FC000355
00:31 I would like to welcome you today to Faith Chapel.
00:33 My name is David Shin, and we will be spending
00:36 the next few moments together in a study
00:38 of God's word, but before we do so
00:41 I would like to invite you to bow your
00:43 heads with me as we pray together.
00:46 Father in heaven, we thank you today for
00:49 the privilege and opportunity we have
00:51 to study your word and we ask that your
00:53 Holy Spirit would lead us and guide us
00:56 into all truth in Jesus name, amen.
01:00 Not too long ago I read a book by one
01:03 of my favorite authors. His name is
01:05 Malcolm Gladwell. He is a former writer for
01:08 the Washington Post. He currently writes for
01:10 the New Yorker and most recently he was
01:12 on a panel of experts in Time Magazine
01:14 relating to some sociological trends
01:17 in the future and he begins one of his books
01:20 to tipping point by asking seemingly innocuous
01:24 question that illicit to mind boggling answer,
01:27 and it goes something like this.
01:28 If you were to take a sheet a paper a fairly
01:30 large sheet of paper 8 ½ by 11
01:33 and fold in half and fold in half again you repeat
01:36 this process 50 times. He asks what would be
01:39 the thickness of that sheet of paper and
01:43 I thought to myself with some bravery
01:45 and courage that I could muster perhaps the
01:48 thickness of own book or the thickness of
01:51 several encyclopedias, but did you know that
01:54 if you fold a sheet of paper in half 50 times
01:57 that the thickness of that sheet of paper
02:00 is equivalent of the thickness or the
02:04 distance from our earth to the sun,
02:06 93 million miles. Now if you are like me
02:11 I was simply incredulous, I could not believe that.
02:15 I thought this was probably science fiction.
02:17 This is a different journal of literature than
02:19 I've ever read, but it's a fact.
02:20 It's a law called geometric progression
02:23 because every time you fold that sheet
02:25 of paper in half you are doubling the
02:28 thickness of that sheet of paper and
02:31 in case some point if you were to fold that
02:32 sheet of paper in half 51 times, it will be the
02:35 equivalent of the distance from our earth
02:36 to the sun and back, and Malcolm Gladwell
02:40 makes a simple illustration.
02:42 The reason that we have so much problems
02:44 with this illustration and most of us were
02:46 sitting there in a state of shock and disbelief
02:50 simply because we believe that causes
02:53 and effects are equally proportional.
02:56 In another words something that has
02:57 an effect of 93 million miles we think would
03:00 have an equivalent cause, but he points
03:02 out that especially when it comes to
03:04 sociological trends, phenomenas that
03:07 sweep across society many times,
03:09 a little thing can make a big difference.
03:12 A seemingly insignificant cause can yield a result
03:16 of epidemic proportions. Our study today is
03:20 entitled the "Tipping point of Revival".
03:24 And we just like to go a little bit in our
03:27 study of revival. Now revival simply means
03:29 a reawakening to live again.
03:31 In a spiritual sense it means that at one
03:33 point in your life, you are spiritually alive.
03:37 You revived but you need to be revived
03:40 for whatever reason you fell away from the
03:41 Lord and your need of rejuvenation.
03:44 And I just like to put before us as a given
03:48 before our study that revivals have a cause,
03:52 revivals do not just occur in a vacuum.
03:54 In another words we don't wake up one day
03:56 and say oh we are having a revival.
03:58 Everything in life has a cause except for God.
04:00 God is the uncaused cause. And I would like
04:03 to ask this question before we go to
04:05 scripture today. What is the cause of revival,
04:09 the tipping point, the catalyst that needs
04:12 to be in place, the condition for revival
04:15 to take place, not only corporately but
04:18 individually? And as we go to scripture
04:22 I would like to read to you a few quotations;
04:25 one is from an unknown poet, one of the
04:27 greatest revivals in the scope of human history.
04:31 And this poet says, of all the armies that
04:34 ever marched, of all the navies that ever sailed,
04:37 and all the parliaments that ever sat,
04:40 and all the kings that ever reigned put them
04:42 together, have not affected the life of man
04:45 on the earth as powerfully as that one
04:49 solitary life. He is speaking of Jesus Christ.
04:53 In his 5 volume work on world history,
04:56 historian and religious skeptic, H. G. Wells
04:58 found himself devoting the most space to
05:01 Jesus Christ. He wrote, a historian like myself
05:04 cannot portray the progress of humanity
05:08 honestly without giving Jesus of Nazareth,
05:11 the foremost place. Essentially these
05:14 individuals, one of them a religious skeptic,
05:16 is essentially saying that of all the individuals
05:20 in the scope of human existence, no person
05:23 has affected the landscape of human history,
05:27 more than Jesus Christ, more than Marcus Aurelius,
05:31 more than Caesar, more than Alexander,
05:33 more than Plato, more than Aristotle,
05:35 Jesus Christ has impacted the human race like
05:39 no other man. And so as we go to this question
05:44 of what is the nature, the condition of revival.
05:46 I would like for us to go to a passage in the
05:50 book of Mark. Mark chapter 1 and verse 34,
05:54 to look at the greatest revival in history
05:57 and he said, and He healed many
06:00 that who were sick with various diseases,
06:03 and cast out many demons; and He did
06:06 not allow the demons to speak, because they
06:09 knew Him. The Bible is essentially saying friends
06:13 that Jesus started the greatest revival in
06:16 human history. You remember previous
06:17 to this during the intertestamental period,
06:20 there was virtually no prophetic voice.
06:22 Miracles and prophecy were non-existence
06:25 and suddenly Jesus and John the Baptist
06:28 storm on the seen and start the greatest
06:31 revival in human history. Now I would just like
06:34 to give you a little bit of background on the
06:35 book of Mark. The book of Mark is 16 chapters
06:39 and it's one of the shortest of all the gospels.
06:42 In many ways one of the most profound
06:44 and concise and the book of Mark essentially
06:48 tells us that Jesus was moving quickly,
06:50 there are two words that are particular to
06:54 the book of Mark. The words are straight away
06:56 and immediately and Jesus in the book of Mark,
07:00 and the verse that we just read,
07:02 illustrates that He healed people not only
07:05 physically but spiritually. He cares
07:08 about a holistic restoration of people
07:11 back to the image of God, back to where
07:14 Adam was before the fall that is gold in salvation,
07:17 so God cares about your health, not only
07:20 physically but also spiritually.
07:22 And let's look at the next verse, in verse 35,
07:25 in the midst of the survival, now in the
07:27 morning, having risen a long while before the day,
07:31 He went out and departed to a solitary place;
07:35 and there He prayed. The Bible essentially
07:39 illustrates to us, Jesus in the midst of the
07:42 spiritual awakening, in the midst of this revival
07:45 taking place, goes off to a solitary and secluded
07:49 place to pray and to seek his Lord.
07:52 Now I don't know about you but I am not
07:54 particularly a morning person, and so when
07:57 I read this text, I was curious to see just exactly
08:00 how early Jesus got up to pray, and so
08:04 I took a little bit of Greek in the seminary just
08:07 enough to get by and so I broke out my
08:09 Greek New Testament and looked at the
08:11 original language and it's interesting to know
08:13 that when you look at the word morning in
08:16 the original, it refers scholars are in general
08:19 agreement during our cross sectional study
08:22 of the word morning that refers to the hours
08:24 of 3 to 6 A.M., the last watch of darkness
08:28 and essentially the book of Mark does not
08:32 want to leave us in a state of ambiguity as
08:35 to exactly how early Jesus rose.
08:38 And so he uses another adverb marked us
08:41 so that we have an exact, or approximate
08:44 notion as to how early Jesus rose and it's
08:47 accurately translated in New King James version.
08:49 A long while before the day and so if you
08:53 follow him, the book of Mark is essentially
08:55 saying, in the morning between the hours of
08:57 3 and 6 A.M. a long while before the day.
09:00 In another words, it's the earlier part of that
09:03 3 to 6 hour segment, and so if you will follow
09:07 me that Jesus when he rose, we can safely
09:11 assume here today that he arose between the
09:13 hours of 3 to 4 A.M to pray. Now before you
09:19 misunderstand me, I'm not saying here that
09:21 if you don't get up between the hours of 3
09:24 and 4 A.M. to pray that you are not a Christian,
09:27 or that Jesus does not love you.
09:29 But I don't believe that's the point in the book
09:31 of Mark at all, is simply illustrating the simple
09:34 point that every revival, every spiritual
09:38 awakening, every renaissance of Christianity
09:41 is linked with a radical prayer life,
09:45 notice the keyword, "Radical." Every revival
09:48 is linked with a praying person.
09:52 It's the tipping point, is that simple seemingly
09:55 insignificant cause that yields a result of
09:59 exponential proportion and even as folding
10:02 that sheet of paper in half 50 times yields
10:04 a result of 93 million miles.
10:06 This discipline of prayer will yield a result of
10:10 epidemic proportions because we are dealing
10:13 with the almighty, omnipotent and eternal God.
10:18 And I went up to the library because I was
10:20 little bit curious to see if this essential point
10:22 of revival was prevalent in history, and I studied
10:26 some of the greatest revivals ever known
10:29 in the history of mankind outside of this one
10:31 we just read in the book of Mark, I study
10:33 the Great Reformation I studied 1904,
10:36 I studied the First Awakening,
10:38 the Second Awakening and in every revival
10:40 you will find this essential elements of prayer.
10:44 I studied this person by the name of Wesley,
10:47 he was a reformer and in England and
10:51 he asked his mother one day whose name
10:53 was Susanna. Incidentally, she raised two spiritual
10:56 giants, John Wesley and his brother Charles Wesley
10:59 who was the reformer and the other one was
11:01 the hymn writer. And he asked his mom one
11:04 day Susanna, what is the definition of sin?
11:07 And she responded by saying
11:09 "Whatever weakens your reason,
11:12 whatever impairs the tenderness of your
11:14 conscience, obscures your sense of God,
11:16 takes off your relish for spiritual things,
11:19 whatever increases the authority of the
11:21 body over the mind, that thing is a sin to you,
11:25 however innocent it may seem in itself."
11:28 Wesley went out and lived a phenomenal life.
11:31 Another account by Ravi Zacharias says
11:33 that Wesley wore plain clothes.
11:36 He preached 40,000 sermons during his life time.
11:39 I want you think about that, that is awfully lot
11:42 of sermons. He traveled 250,000 miles on horseback
11:46 preaching. It's no wonder he married at 48.
11:49 He worked with 15 different languages.
11:52 At the age of 83, he was angry because his
11:54 doctor wouldn't let him preach more than
11:56 14 times a week. At the age of 86,
11:59 He has written in his journal these words.
12:00 Laziness is slowly creeping in. There is
12:03 an increasing tendency to stay in bed after
12:05 5:30 in the morning, what a man?
12:08 What dedication and focus, and Wesley was
12:11 a reformer during a time when England had
12:13 fallen to the lowest depths of the depravity
12:15 and decadence ever known before.
12:18 And there is one statement by Berkley,
12:20 discordance to the magistrates and
12:22 men in authority that Britain had collapsed
12:26 to a degree that had never been known
12:29 before in any Christian nation.
12:32 Now this is not just an isolated account other
12:35 great English historians like Clokey and others
12:38 generally agree that this was a lowest moment
12:41 in English history. The bars were overflowing,
12:46 slavery was rampant and every sector of
12:49 English society had fallen so low that people
12:52 assumed that England was going to loose its
12:55 Christian roots. At the time Wesley was
12:58 in college, he had just graduated from
13:00 Cambridge University and he got together
13:03 a few of his friends like John Whitefield and
13:05 then they started praying, sometimes
13:07 they prayed all night and from this place
13:10 of prayer history records that John Wesley
13:13 under the unction of the Holy Spirit went out
13:16 and shook England to its very foundations.
13:20 Ethics were reinstituted into the judicial system.
13:23 Slavery was abolished and every sector of
13:27 English society was restored back to its
13:31 prominent place, and it all started from the
13:34 place of prayer. I want to read you a statement
13:37 from the book Great Controversy,
13:39 from the sacred place of prayer came the power
13:43 that shook the world in the great reformation.
13:46 Luther did not fail to devote three hours
13:49 each day to prayer; and these were taken
13:51 from that portion of day most favorable
13:54 to study. I want you think about that,
13:57 here is a monk, obscure, living in Wittenberg
14:00 and he gets down on his knees and praise
14:02 for an extended period of times, 3 hours a day,
14:05 and these were the moments for most
14:07 susceptible for study and according to this
14:10 historical count, it tells us from that sacred
14:12 place of prayer came the power that shook
14:15 the world in the reformation.
14:18 I just like to talk a little bit about prayer
14:20 here today. One author says that prayer is the
14:24 breath of the soul. It is the secret of
14:27 spiritual power. This author in trying to capture
14:30 the necessity and the essential nature of prayer,
14:34 he is saying that prayer is like breathing.
14:36 It's a metaphor, I remember metaphor
14:38 and simile from elementary school,
14:40 and is essentially saying that prayer is like
14:43 breathing and even as your lungs starve for air,
14:48 your soul starves for prayer.
14:51 Now my father was a marathoner,
14:54 and somehow I didn't get those genes,
14:56 I can't even run 5 miles.
14:57 A marathon is approximately 26.2 miles,
15:01 it's a grueling, enduring event and I would
15:05 notice something about my dad when
15:06 he would run these marathons and it
15:08 was simply this that, the more his physical
15:11 exertion, his breathing would go up,
15:13 it's common sense, its not rocket science here.
15:16 His breathing would become deeper and
15:17 more discipline and there was this cadence
15:19 to his breathing. And I just like to say here
15:22 today that if you want God to move like
15:25 never before. You want God to pour out the
15:28 revival on your community, on your own soul,
15:30 or your evangelist series and you are not
15:33 increasing the discipline and the cadence of
15:36 your praying. It's like trying to run a marathon
15:39 without breathing, even as your body starves
15:43 for oxygen, your soul starves for prayer.
15:47 And I just like to ask this question if prayer
15:51 is the tipping point, the catalyst of revival,
15:53 how is it that we are to seek this revival
15:57 or pray for this revival and I just like to very
15:59 quickly go through 3 corollaries about how
16:03 we as Christians individual seeking
16:05 this divine injunction from the Lord to pray
16:09 for revival, how do you do it? Number one,
16:11 we must ask for. In Matthew chapter 7
16:15 and verse 7, we have these words that are
16:18 read to us from scripture.
16:20 Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and
16:24 you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
16:29 One of the conditions of seeking for revival is
16:33 we must ask for, it sounds so elementary
16:35 but did you know that there are certain things
16:37 that God will do regardless of whether
16:39 you want it or not. It sounds kind a strange
16:41 when I say, but there are certain things
16:43 that regardless whether you believe or not,
16:45 whether regardless of whether you accept
16:47 or not, God will do these things and
16:49 they have do with what Theologians call
16:51 the sovereign will of God. Case in point the
16:54 second coming, whether you accept it,
16:56 whether you believe it, whether you have faith,
16:58 the second coming has an eminent reality
17:00 is going to take place. Now we have the volition
17:04 and the choice, the free will to choose
17:05 which side we are going to be on.
17:07 But as an event the second coming is going
17:10 to happen, there are other events like
17:11 Millennium in Heaven. These are events that
17:13 are part of God's sovereign will that
17:15 will take place irrespective of
17:18 human choice. But there are other things
17:21 that God will not to do unless we ask for,
17:24 and one of them is forgiveness.
17:26 God will not forgive us unless we want to
17:29 be forgiven. God will not save us unless
17:33 we want to be saved and revival is no
17:36 exception. God will not revive us friend unless
17:39 we want to be revived. He will not pour out
17:42 his blessing upon us and this is a condition
17:44 that is simple in relation to the kingdom of heaven.
17:47 Ask and it shall be given unto you seek
17:50 and you shall find, knock and the door
17:52 shall be opened unto you.
17:55 There is an interesting story of a young man
17:58 by the name of Evan Roberts.
18:00 He was a young person living in the late
18:04 1800s right at the turn of the century
18:06 and he had this burden for England and
18:10 at the age of 13 he started praying for
18:12 revival to take place in England and
18:15 he prayed for 13 years. Can you imagine it,
18:18 a teenager praying for 13 years?
18:19 At the age of 26 he decided that
18:22 he would take and call it ministry and
18:24 he started preaching the word of God,
18:26 17 young people gave the hearts to Lord
18:28 one night. And in four months this is not
18:31 apocrypha you can read it in your history books.
18:33 In four months, 75,000 individuals gave their
18:38 hearts to Lord and were converted.
18:40 In five months 85,000, in 6 months a 100,000
18:45 individuals were converted and these
18:47 were not some shallow conversions.
18:49 These were conversions that were genuine.
18:51 The police didn't have anything to do
18:53 because crime had plummeted to the lowest
18:55 depths in history. The bars were closed and even
18:58 the mules that were being driven by these
19:00 minors had to learn a different language
19:03 because they stop cursing, and so here is
19:06 one individual he asked the Lord for revival.
19:09 He asked for 13 years at the age of 26,
19:11 God used him in a powerful way.
19:14 It's the catalyst the condition for revival to
19:17 take place. So, number one, we must ask for.
19:20 Our second corollary is we must sacrifice for it.
19:24 In Luke chapter 6 and verse 12,
19:27 we have the statement found in the
19:29 New King James Version. Now it came to pass
19:32 in those days that He went out to the
19:34 mountain to pray, and continued all night
19:37 in prayer to God. Here we have this account
19:41 in scripture of Jesus praying all night.
19:43 Now I am not saying here today that
19:45 we should do it every night and we are not
19:46 told the frequency or the manner in which
19:49 he prayed, but in times when Christ felt the
19:52 most need of God's presence,
19:54 He would spend all night in prayer before his God.
19:58 Here is a statement by E.M.Bounds,
20:01 and he goes something like this, there was a
20:03 time when we gave whole nights to
20:05 chambering and wantonness, and dancing
20:08 in the world's revelry; we did not tire then;
20:11 and we were chiding the sun that soon rose,
20:14 and we were wishing that the hours would
20:16 lag a while that we might delight in wilder
20:19 merriment and perhaps deeper sin.
20:21 Oh, why do we then weary in divine
20:24 and heavenly appointments?
20:25 Why do we weary when asked to watch with
20:29 our Lord? Essentially E.M. Bound is making
20:32 the statement, remember when you on the world
20:34 used to pull these all-nighters staying
20:36 up all night and you would,
20:37 when the morning hours would come you were
20:40 just almost aghast. You were disappointed
20:43 because you are having so much fun in the
20:45 decadence and the depravity of the world.
20:48 And why is it E.M Bound is asking when you
20:51 give your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ
20:53 that suddenly someone ask you to pray for
20:56 an extended period of time and you are like
20:57 oh, no, I don't want to do that, perhaps
20:59 it's a little bit fanatical. Now since when they
21:02 were talking to God become fanatic imagine
21:04 that you are out with the friend on night
21:05 and they ask you to spend some extended
21:08 time with them and you look at your watch
21:09 after an hour, you say, oh, I can't spend more
21:12 than hour with you because it will be legalism
21:14 or fanatical. Prayer is a privilege and
21:17 we have the opportunity to talk with our Lord
21:20 in this way. There is a statement by
21:24 Dr. Wilbur Chapman that goes something like this.
21:27 Revivals are born in prayer.
21:30 When Wesley prayed England was revived;
21:33 when Knox prayed, Scotland was refreshed;
21:36 when the Sunday school teachers of
21:38 Tannybrook prayed, 11,000 souls young
21:42 people were added to the Church in a year.
21:44 Whole nights of prayer have always been
21:47 succeeded by whole days of soul-winning.
21:51 Prayer is the catalyst. It is the secret of revival
21:55 and every revival that has gone throughout
21:58 the whole scope of human history have
22:01 been linked with a radical and passionate
22:04 prayer life. So number one, we must ask for it.
22:07 Number two, we must sacrifice for it.
22:10 And number three, we must live it.
22:13 Personal revival always precedes corporate
22:18 revival and there is this notion that has
22:21 been promulgated throughout secular
22:22 history or secular educational society
22:25 and that is the dichotomy between the public
22:28 life and the private life. In another words,
22:30 it doesn't matter what I do in my private world
22:32 and we tend to compartment lives
22:34 of Christianity and there cannot be a
22:36 difference friends between what we do
22:38 in church in the morning and what
22:40 we do in the community on Saturday night
22:43 or Sunday night, where we cannot have this
22:46 disjuncture, this compartmentalization
22:49 that is taking place. Not too long ago I had a
22:53 revival in my own prayer life, and I read the
22:56 statement from a Christian author that
22:58 said that the necessity of praying and of a
23:03 simple diet in the life of Daniel was the secret
23:06 of his intellect and spiritually, and I don't
23:09 know about you but I can use some more brain cells,
23:11 and I want to be more spiritual and I tend to
23:14 be health indices naturally but I decided
23:16 that for an extended period of time,
23:18 I would even eat more simply because
23:21 I wanted God to be able to speak to my mind.
23:23 And I would go off, I noticed that Daniel
23:26 would pray three times a day.
23:28 And so in my day time I would put out specific
23:32 moments in time in which I would go off and
23:35 spend sometime with the Lord, morning,
23:37 noon and night. And I found something that
23:40 came to me during this time.
23:42 Number one, my Christianity took off
23:45 to a different level because I was spiritually
23:48 breathing more, I was praying more.
23:50 And the other thing was I said,
23:52 why wasn't I doing this before?
23:54 And I found out something about God
23:57 during this time, and that was this;
24:00 that the God of heaven are heavenly omniscient,
24:03 omnipotent God, wants to connect with the
24:08 human race like never before.
24:10 He wants to commune with you and
24:12 I don't know about you but God is busy.
24:14 Have you ever met someone that or
24:16 try to meet an individual that is important.
24:19 You have to go through the secretaries
24:21 and all these blue tape and even after
24:23 that you have to meet them on their terms
24:25 as far as time, but here is God,
24:27 the ineffable God of the universe,
24:29 that says I will meet you on your terms
24:32 especially when it comes to time that no matter
24:35 what moment of the day that you give me,
24:37 I want to commune with you as an individual.
24:41 Everything a Christian should do from thoughts
24:45 of man of blessing says should be as
24:47 transparent as sunlight and God wants
24:51 every area of our lives to be dedicated
24:55 unreservedly to Jesus Christ.
24:58 We must live it, we cannot compartmentalize
25:01 our Christianity and corporate revival is
25:04 always preceded by personal revival.
25:07 So the three corollaries, the three keys in
25:09 seeking revival. Number one, we must ask for it.
25:12 Number, two, we must sacrifice for it.
25:15 And number three, we must live it.
25:18 I like to read to you this statement from
25:21 Richard Ellsworth Day, that goes something
25:24 like this. It would be of no surprise,
25:26 that if a study of secret causes were undertaken,
25:31 to find that in every golden era in human
25:35 history proceeds from the devotion and
25:38 righteous passion of some single individual.
25:42 This does not set aside the sovereignty of God.
25:45 It simply indicates the instrument through which
25:49 He uniformly works. There are no bona fide
25:52 mass movements; it only looks that way.
25:55 At the center of the column there is always
25:58 one man or woman who knows God, and
26:01 knows where he is going. Richard Ellsworth Day
26:05 is essentially saying this that when you see
26:07 these mass movements in society, these spiritual
26:12 phenomena, the spiritual awakening that are
26:13 taking place. We many times thinks it's a
26:15 multiple cause or it's a myriad of individuals
26:17 that are driving this moment and it says
26:21 you will be surprise to find that at the center
26:23 of the column, is one man or one woman
26:27 who knows God and knows where he is going,
26:30 and this person is unreservedly dedicated
26:33 to the Lord Jesus Christ and is willing
26:35 to spend his or her time on their knees.
26:39 I want you think about that? Luther,
26:41 one person, he started the reformation
26:44 and he stared from the place of prayer.
26:45 And John Wesley shook England to his very
26:48 foundations and its depths and he started
26:51 with one person. Robert Evans, another
26:53 13-year-old son who prayed for 13 years
26:58 for revival, and at the age of 26 a 100,000
27:02 individuals were converted to Lord in six months.
27:06 Revival begins with prayer.
27:09 There is a statement by E.M. Bounds that
27:11 goes something like this. That the strongest one
27:15 in Christ kingdom is the one who can knock
27:18 the best, and the secret of success in
27:21 Christ kingdom is the ability to pray.
27:26 And so today I would like to invite you to
27:29 seek God as a person, seek that time with
27:33 prayer and make God the preeminent priority
27:36 in your life, and make Jesus the center
27:40 praying person that he wants you to be.
27:43 I would like to thank you for joining us with this
27:45 today and may God bless you and keep you to
27:48 that end and join us again next time
27:51 for another edition of Faith Chapel.