Renewal movements happen across denominational lines. One church in renewal is not a renewal movement. In a revival churches are awakened to the power and love of God. The presence and power of God brings the faithful to their knees in prayer and to a posture of outstretched arms in worship and praise.
Sleepy churches are revitalized, empowered and motivated as they experience the Lordship of Christ once again. Spiritual, emotional, physical, and relational healing leads them into a place of empowerment and enablement as God leads them to reach out to the lost.
Through prayer and with renewed power the church reaches out in obedience with the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit to a lost world. The love of God will not permit the church in revival to remain or become parochial. God loves the world and he places that same love in the hearts of believers who love him. We throw off the restrictions of man and say with John Wesley, “All the world my parish.” The love of God knows no boundaries.
With a heart of compassion the church now begins to entertain with all seriousness and confidence the question, “How can we take this Gospel with all its blessings to the rest of the world?” The church once again seeks to define its Jerusalem, its Judea, its Samaria, and the remotest part of the earth. Close behind the “where” question are the “how” and “what” questions of mission: “How do we accomplish those mission tasks to which God is calling us?” “What personnel, monies and resources will be needed?” True revival produces a heart for mission and where our heart is there will our treasure be also.
Societal Favor and Change
Revival movements impact society at large. Large numbers of happy, praying, caring, loving people contribute greatly to changes in our society’s attitude toward Christians. These hopeful, positive testimonies help to open the world around them to the gospel and to change.
Righteousness, goodness, and truth begin to emerge in many areas of society where they were lacking. Justice and fairness push aside the darkness of an uncaring, irresponsible, and unjust society. The blessings and advantages of such become clear to all and the vast majority like it.
Divine influence through the church and the prayers of the revived spreads to the structures and organizations of a society (e.g. alcoholic consumption decreases, prison and justice systems are reformed, the economy prospers).
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)