Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

One of the ministries I worked with for several years in the 1970s focused on evangelism, discipleship and revival. This message is from a series about revival.

[These notes are from a sermon preached more than 40 years ago. The notes are in outline form.]

After spending several years studying revivals in the Old and New Testament and in recent years in America and abroad, we believe we have discovered the key that will unlock the door to any individual, any family, any church, any community and nation that will use it.

[Elaborate on revivals in the Bible and during the last 150 years in the United States.]

What is the key that unlocks the door to personal and nationwide revival? It is obedience!

If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 1:19-20

Obedience brings blessing.

Disobedience brings conflict.

The opportunity that faces us this morning is how do we make this biblical precept part of our everyday lives?

For a few moments let’s look into our lives and see the doors that can be opened to revival.

1st – God

  • Adoration
  • Confession
  • Thanksgiving
  • Supplication
  • Bible Study
  • Prayer
  • Scripture Memory
  • Sacrifice
  • Service

2nd – Family

  • Husbands to wives
  • Wives to husbands
  • Parents to children
  • Children to parents

3rd – Church

  • Attendance
  • Fellowship
  • Service
  • Growth
  • Sacrifice

4th – Work, School, Market Place

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Longsuffering
  • Gentleness
  • Goodness
  • Faith
  • Meekness
  • Temperance

What is it in your life that has kept you from unlocking the door to personal revival? [ask people to bow heads]

“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat of the good of the land.”

How many of you would say this morning – “I want to eat of the good of the land and experience personal revival in my life, my home, my community, and my church and I will obey God in every area that He has pointed out this morning and everything He points out in the future.” [offer opportunity for time of prayer and counsel]

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32

[Thank you for reading these teaching notes from more than 40 years ago. My prayer is they will be a blessing to you, your family and your ministry.]