Sometimes God does it all himself in times of revival

Theme: Outreach in times of revival
‘Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.’ Acts 2:46-47
I have often wondered how the Lord added daily to the church in Jerusalem in those first months of its existence. There is no mention of any further mass meetings of the type that occurred on the day of Pentecost. I have assumed that the additions must have been by way of personal one-on-one witnessing. I still think this, yet my appreciation of other possibilities has been broadened by reading the accounts of historic revivals.
In the Great Awakening thousands came to the mass prayer meetings because God seemed to call them there. In the Hebrides revivals, hundred walked from one town to another to attend church services, drawn by some invisible power. Duncan Campbell recounts how he observed people literally lying in the streets crying out to God in repentance. Sure, in times of revival those whom God ignites carry the fire to others, but the Holy Spirit also works directly in a powerful way.
Recently many stories have come out of Islamic nations of people who have had encounters with angels, and some even with a manifestation of the Lord Himself. These are times of revival and so we should not be surprised or sceptical when we hear these stirring accounts. God is on the move and He is doing some wonderful things in our day! 
“Lord, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord.
Renew them in our day,
in our time make them known”
Habakkuk 3:2
We are called to witness at all times, and the Lord continues to add to the church those who are being saved by one-on-one evangelism, but in times of revival evangelism takes on a new urgency and potency. Our personal witness is fired by a passionate experience of the presence of God and, in addition, God Himself goes on the evangelistic offensive. What a wonder – I can’t wait to see God’s present day answer to Habakkuk’s prayer!

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My name is Christopher Peppler and I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. While working in the financial sector I achieved a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School. After over 20 years as a banker, I followed God’s calling and joined the ministry full time. After becoming a pastor of what is now a quite considerable church, I  earned an undergraduate theological qualification from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and post-graduate degrees from two United States institutions. I was also awarded the Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology from the University of Zululand in 2000.

Four years before that I established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which today is represented in over 70 countries and has more than 2 500 active students enrolled with it. I presently play an role supervising Masters and Doctoral students.

I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus

I have been happily married to Patricia since the age of 20, have two children, Lance and Karen, a daughter-in-law Tracey, and granddaughters Jessica and Kirsten. I have now retired from both church and seminary leadership and devote my time to writing, discipling, and the classical guitar.

If you would like to read my testimony to Jesus then click HERE.