Revival Principles

This section provides information about the principles behind community-wide transformation and revival.

A Call to Anguish

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As we seek Gods presence in humility by repenting and turning from our wicked ways, we must move into the place of desperation and anguish. Our appetite for God must exceed every other hunger in our lives.  Inviting God to come into our lives and community is more than wishing Him to be in our midst. To see His presence made manifest in our lives and our community, we must become hungry and desperate for nothing more than God. We must become singularly focused on seeking the character of God. We must be moved to pursue Him in prayer and lifestyle until He comes.

Transforming Revival

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What is Transforming Revival?

Believers have prayed for revival for years. However, do we really know what we are praying for?
Based on 20+ years of research and documentation of over 800 communities that have been transformed by God’s presence, George Otis, Jr defines Transforming Revival as:

•    A communal restoration of the God-man relationship.
•    A corporate return to first love with God the Father.
•    It is a conscious re-enthroning of King Jesus, not only over our church life, but over every dimension of life.
In Transforming Revival there is no secular-sacred dichotomy. In Transforming Revival, God is invited — and expected — to assume control of everything from the sanctuaries of our hearts to the structures of our society.   For the term transforming revival to be properly applied to a community, change must be evident not only in the lives of its inhabitants, but also in the fabric of its institutions.   In the end, it is dramatic social, political, and even ecological renewal that sets these communities apart.

In short, a transformed community is…
    A neighborhood, city or nation whose values and institutions have been overrun by the grace and presence of God.
    A place where divine fire has not merely been summoned, it has fallen.
    A society in which natural evolutionary change has been disrupted by invasive supernatural power.
    A culture that has been impacted comprehensively and undeniably by the Kingdom of God.
    A location where Kingdom values are celebrated publicly and passed on to future generations.

 

Prevailing Prayer

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The GOSPEL TRUTH
 LECTURES ON REVIVALS OF RELIGION
by The Rev. CHARLES G. FINNEY
 LECTURE IV
PREVAILING PRAYER

TEXT. --The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.--JAMES V. 16.
THE last lecture referred principally to the confession of sin. To-night my remarks will be chiefly confined to the subject of intercession, or prayer. There are two kinds of means requisite to promote a revival; one to influence men, the other to influence God. The truth is employed to influence men, and prayer to move God. When I speak of moving God, I do not mean that God's mind is changed by prayer, or that his disposition or character is changed. But prayer produces such a change in us and fulfils such conditions as renders it consistent for God to do as it would not be consistent for him to do otherwise. When a sinner repents, that state of mind makes it proper for God to forgive him. God has always been ready to forgive him on that condition, so that when the sinner changes his mind towards God, it requires no change of feeling in God to pardon him. It is the sinner's repentance that renders his forgiveness proper, and is the occasion of God's acting as he does. So when Christians offer effectual prayer, their state of mind renders it proper for God to answer them. He was always ready to bestow the blessing, on the condition that they felt right, and offered the right kind of prayer. Whenever this change takes place in them, and they offer the right kind of prayer, then God, without any change in himself, can answer them. When we offer effectual fervent prayer for others, the fact that we offer such prayer renders it consistent for him to do what we pray for, when otherwise it would not have been consistent.

"Submission"

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On the road to revival....

By Vic Stinemetze

Recently,  I  keep  running  into  that  word,  “submit”. Maybe you are too. It seems to be everywhere. I hear it in messages on Sunday morning. I hear it in Leadership Meetings. I was hearing it at a Conference  a  couple  of  weeks  ago.  Today,  I  attended  my nephew's wedding and there it was again. Indeed, it does seem to be everywhere. We, as Christians know that we are to submit to those that are in authority over us. We are to submit to those God has set up as Church  and  Ministry  Leaders.  We  are  to  submit  to those  who  enforce  the  laws  of  the  land.  We  are  to submit to those who have been elected to govern the land (whether we voted for them or not!). Yes, even if I don’t agree with him, didn’t vote for him, don’t like him;  we are  still  to  submit  to  him.  Yes,  that’s  what Scripture tells us. We are to submit unless man’s law violates  God’s  law. 

Nothing Between

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By Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Late one evening, along with millions of other stargazers around the globe, I watched as, in a matter of
minutes, a brilliant full moon "disappeared" behind a dark shadow.Of course, we know that the moon didn’t really disappear. The moon has no light of its own; it merely reflects the light of the sun. But when the moon ceased to shine, it wasn’t because the sun’s light was no longer shining.