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When believers say they are asking for revival, what exactly is meant by that? This week, John Bailey and Mark Renfroe discuss how certain revivals were more than the signs and wonders on display in the moment or the 'movement' that came later. Revival is how God glorifies himself through 'foolishness' and inspires true change.
Key Points from the Podcast
Mark Renfroe and John Bailey discuss what it looks like for the Christian to live in personal revival.
Jonathan Edwards said that true revival exalts Christ, provokes the devil, prioritizes the Bible, and inspires love.
A hunger for God is not something we just muster up. It is God drawing us to himself.
Followers of Jesus can rest from trying to earn God’s love by doing things for him, but instead rest in what God has done for you through Jesus Christ.
Personal revival is about being conformed into the image of Christ, exalting Jesus in your life, and beholding his glory as he is revealed in God’s Word—Old Testament and New.
As we draw closer to Jesus and grow in our identity in Christ, it will provoke the devil, who wants to steal, kill, and destroy the abundant life we have through Jesus Christ.
When God shows up, he can bring hope, redemption, and life to even the most broken individuals.
Lucifer once stood in the presence of God but rebelled; so, he is angered when he sees believers seated with Christ in heavenly places and wants to destroy Christians.
Personal revival will not always manifest as loud and boisterous. God will use the personality he has given each individual.
Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast
2 Corinthians 12:9 Philippians 3:10; Matthew 17:1–11; Luke 9:28–36; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Philippians 2:12; John 1:1; John 10:10; Jude 9; Ephesians 3:7; Galatians 2:16; 1 John 4:4; Luke 7:47; Acts 9:1–9; Matthew 4:1–11; Luke 4:1–13; Isaiah 14:12–15; Revelation 12:1–9; Genesis 1:27; 1 Peter 2:9; Matthew 22:37–38; Mark 12:29–30
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About John Bailey
Pastor John Bailey serves as the Chief Operating Officer at World Challenge. John came to know Christ in jail after some difficult struggles as a young man, and God has done a powerful work of transformation since! Spending 13 years in Next Gen ministry, he excelled in discipleship and helping young leaders discover giftings to serve God. John was called next to serve as a missionary and pastor in Western Europe. John and his family then returned to plant the Springs Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Today, the church is a thriving body of believers excelling in outreach and missions. John has now brought his giftings and vision to World Challenge, accelerating the spread of the gospel in America and around the World.
About Mark Renfroe
Mark married his college sweetheart, Amy, with whom he has four adult children—one girl and three boys. The Renfroes have been involved in field missions work for 30 years. They served in the Arab community of San Francisco for four years before becoming foreign missionaries in 1995. Mark was asked to serve as the Area Director for Assemblies of God World Missions in 2007. As part of his role, he led missionaries and interfaced with national church leaders in the 18 countries of the Arab World. In 2017, Mark created Reaching Africa’s Muslims, an initiative to mobilize, equip, and deploy indigenous African missionaries to reach Muslims on the continent. Mark has graduate degrees in Intercultural Studies and Executive Leadership. He currently serves as the Chief Missions Officer for World Challenge in Colorado Springs.