Revival Principles

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

Community Transformation

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What is community transformation?
For the term "transformed" to be properly applied to a community, we believe that 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 cases apart from common experience.

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.

The Presence Can't Be Contained

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2Chronicles 7:14 calls us to revival. "If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways: then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

"Prayer propels revival. It expands it, takes it to new places. Biblically and historically when revival took place, it went outward and spread to other places. The people of God experiencing the presence of God could not contain it. They began to pray different sorts of prayers, prayers that took the revival to different places.

They began to pray evangelistic and transformational types of prayers. Jehoshaphat is a great example of one whose heart was "devoted to the ways of the Lord" (2 Chron. 17:6). But then he took what God was doing in his life out to the nation. He himself, as well as others that he trained, took the Word of God and went to the people to teach them to seek the Lord and to obey the Lord in all ways. Prayers of transformation and evangelism, lifestyle type praying is the sort of thing I believe that God is calling the church to when revival takes place, and it is to be expanded and to be propelled in other places. The Holy Spirit is the spark that ignites revival and causes it to be propelled."1

1From The Role Of Prayer In Revival, By Dave Butts, Herald of His Coming, used by permission.

Prayer Movement Ingredients

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In 1748, Jonathan Edwards called for "concerts of prayer" based on Zechariah 8:18-23.  Edward's lengthy title summarizes Zechariah's vision for any prayer movement: "An Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God ‘s People in Extraordinary Prayer, For the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on Earth."  This compelling treatise for the practice of unified prayer for revival was widely received and implemented by Christians of all denominations throughout England

In these passages, Zechariah describes the key ingredients of any prayer movement.  First, the prophet Zechariah called for a "spirit of hope and urgency" to prevail. The remnant was told to quit fasting and start

Community Transformation: Host The Presence of God

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God's Presence changes everything. We need God's Presence more than ever. Join with others AS ONE to restore God's Presence in when David restored the tabernacle,

Where there is honoring praise and worship, faith-filled prayer and purposeful obedience, the Presence of the Lord God Almighty comes.

Where the presence of God resides, the Kingdom of God comes.

Where the Kingdom of God comes, there is righteousness, peace and joy

Where there is righteousness, peace and joy, there are people who naturally ARE the gospel of the Kingdom...they live and breathe God's Word day to day.

Where there are people who ARE the gospel of the Kingdom, there are blessings, signs, wonders and miracles – as the natural way of living....and whole communities are transformed for God's glory.

Seek Him above all else...individually, in groups...AS ONE in the spirit.

Heed God's Warning*

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By Rich Carmicheal

"By faith Noah, when warned about things not seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family…" (Heb. 11:7).

Because our God is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9), He warns us ahead of time of coming judgment. The prophet Amos reminds us that "the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). Through the prophet Isaiah, the Lord declares, "I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come…" (Isa. 46:10). How gracious our God is to reveal what is to come so that we may prepare for it!