Most of God’s people are aware that our nations and our world must experience a “deep touch from God.” His renewed presence and power – in His people – is absolutely crucial. We must once again be “salt and light.” But my observation is that God’s people do not know how to experience a fresh encounter with God.

Fresh Encounter is designed to help you better understand God’s prerequisites for revival and spiritual awakening. A spiritual awakening in our nations and world waits upon the repentance and revival of God’s people. Revival – God’s way – is a choice we must make!

Why Revival Tarries

by Henry Blackaby

Ezekiel 18:31b-32 is the heart cry of God to His covenant people, Israel: "'... why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,' says the Lord God. 'Therefore, turn and live!'" God had just reminded His people that if "a righteous man turns away from his righteousness ... and dies ... it is because of the iniquity that he has done that he dies" (Ezekiel 18:24-26, 26).

Like the "house of Israel," God's people continue to sin against God in our day and live without any awareness of the consequences.

We seem to be totally indifferent to any judgment whatsoever, as if that only happened in the Old Testament. But, of course, that's just not true. It was to the people of God in Rome that Paul wrote: "... the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." For anyone who sins and continues to sin without repentance -– especially God's people -– it leads to "death."

And did Jesus not warn God's people that they must repent or perish? Read the accounts in Matthew 4:17, Luke 13:1-9 and Luke 17:20-36. Repentance among God's people requires an immediate turning that changes our heart, will and actions. Repentance requires a changed lifestyle. Therefore, we too must heed Christ's warning for our own generation.

We must possess a wholehearted desire to return to God.

 

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Curriculum/Resources

The Fresh Encounter: Experiencing God's Power for Spiritual Awakening Bible study guides believers through the biblical pattern of experiencing God’s presence which leads to revival in the church a spiritual awakening in the world. As churches today search for the right ministry to reach their community, the Blackabys’ teaching will help them return to their “first love” of Christ so He can work powerfully in them and through them.

Fresh Encounter Revised Member Book

This revised and expanded member book is designed to aid churches and individual believers to return to a faithful relationship with God and become catalysts for revival. (7 Sessions) -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fresh Encounter Revised DVD Leader Kit Guide

This revised leader's kit he Member Book provides daily homework and group session discussion guides to lead participants in weekly gatherings. The Teaching DVDs provide 16-20 minutes of teaching for each group session from Henry and Richard Blackaby.

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Fresh Encounter Revised Paperback

From the multi-million bestselling authors of Experiencing God comes Fresh Encounter, a book for church laypersons and leaders that illuminates God’s pattern and plan for personal revival and spiritual awakening. Greatly revised from the original 1996 edition with forty percent new material, Fresh Encounter looks to examples of revival throughout the Bible to better understand what it will take to bring about true and lasting spiritual renewal in the world today.

Holiness: God's Plan for Fullness of Life

"If there is anything that characterizes God's people in America today, it is the loss of the fear of God," states Henry Blackaby. When you do not fear God, he contends, you will not fear sin. The troubling result of this issue is that many Christians fail to recognize that they have sinned against God. The lack of holiness within the Church has reached epidemic levels. "True revival can only come," notes Blackaby, "when the people of God return to a healthy, holy fear of Him."