Across America and around the world, God’s people are crying out for a fresh encounter with Him. Everywhere we travel we hear churches pleading with God to revive them, their nation, and their world. There is widespread dissatisfaction with today’s church. Numerous efforts have been attempted to make the church more relevant, seeker friendly, contemporary, or cutting edge. Yet despite millions of dollars, hundreds of best-selling books, countless church growth conferences, and an endless stream of Christian trends, the church displays a powerlessness that cannot even evangelize people today at the same rate as society’s population growth.
Contemporary believers wonder why the mighty movements of God recorded in Scripture and Christian history are noticeably absent today. Modern pastors are burning out at epidemic levels as they experience the demoralizing futility of attempting to lift their church members out of their spiritual lethargy. While some individuals and churches are experiencing a fresh wind of God’s Spirit blowing upon them, many others are asking, “Is there a Word from the Lord? What does God want us to do?” Throughout history God has always had a response to those who seek Him (Jer. 33:3).
Just as it was in biblical times, standing in Holy God’s presence is an awesome, life-changing experience. While God is always present in a believer’s life, revival is a sacred moment when the Holy Spirit draws powerfully, unmistakably near to His people. Revival involves a fresh encounter with Almighty God. Any meeting with God entails a serious, irrevocable accountability. Revival does not merely call for minor adjustments in our schedule. It elicits a humble, on-our-face response to our Creator. Revival does not result from an encounter with a doctrine but a response to a Person.
This book will examine what Scripture says about Almighty, Hallowed God’s requirements for fellowship with Him. As you read Scripture, the Holy Spirit will assist you to understand and apply what it says. You will not merely encounter Bible verses; you will also come face-to-face with the living God because every encounter with God’s Word is a meeting with Him.
To obtain the maximum benefit from this book, we encourage you to do the following:
Take your time. Don’t rush through it. God’s truths are life-changing and worth time spent meditating on them.
Expect to encounter God as you read.
Spend time with God in prayer after you read each chapter.
Meet together with one or more believers to discuss what God is revealing to you.
Immediately respond to Him with thorough obedience concerning everything He tells you.
Encourage others who are seeking revival and share with them what God is teaching you.
Continue praying, studying, and responding to Him until you and your church experience revival.
This book is designed to help you encounter God through His Word in such a manner that you experience true, deep, and lasting renewal in your life and church. Once God has revived His people, evangelizing others is inevitable.
Blackaby, Henry T., Claude V. King, Richard Blackaby, and Anne Graham Lotz. 2009. Fresh Encounter: God’s Plan for Your Spiritual Awakening Revised. Nashville, TN: B&H Books.
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