I want to bring forward just a few of the events surrounding what is called “Pentecost” in Acts.
There had been a prayer meeting:
Acts 1:14 “They were all united as one, as they diligently continued in prayer. Included were the women, Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” ULB-EN
There was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit:
Acts 2:1-4 “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in the same place. 2 Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 There appeared to them tongues like fire that were distributed, and they sat upon each one of them. 4 They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them to speak.” ULB-EN
Acts 2:14-36 Peter preaches Christ with boldness.
And the multitudes believed: Acts 2:37-42—that’s revival!!!
Pastor Hendrix, in his first message at the 2016 Family Conference titled: “The Holy Spirit and Revival”, says:
“When we talk about Pentecost we are not talking about another Pentecost because this was unique just like the incarnation, just like the cross, but there are aspects about what the Spirit does in revival that we can learn from studying Pentecost.”
So, we’re not looking for the unique experience of the Day of Pentecost, but many similar things, especially the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to revive the believers’ hearts, and convict and convert unbelievers.
He goes on to quote Samuel Davies from a 1741 sermon defining Revival as:
“The ordinary work of God’s grace, performed with such extraordinary power, swiftness, and expansiveness, that both the church and the world are spiritually awakened. Which is to say, that both church and world become keenly aware of God’s glory, His majesty, and His special presence.”
This message was very powerful on the work of the Holy Spirit. If you have not yet listened to it, I highly recommend it: The Holy Spirit and Revival