So, let’s look at why this current Kingdom movement – the revolution – matters.
Change is a constant as we all know. It is an unavoidable part of life. We endure changes and their personal implications every day – changes in technology, global politics, public policy, personal relationships, professional status, self-image, and more. Some of those changes happen to us; others happen because of us; all of them have some degree of influence on who we are and how we live.
Think about past revolutions and the effect they have had on the world. The Protestant revolution redefined faith. The religious authority structure was altered. The place of the Bible was radically changed, from a sacred book interpreted for the masses by professionals to God’s personal words to sinners. Worship became more intimate. The burden of responsibility for the breadth and depth of faith jumped from the local church to the individual. The Pope went from being the preeminent religious leader of planet Earth to the preeminent religious leader of the world’s largest denomination.
The revolution of faith that is swelling within the soul of many nations today is no different in scope. It will affect you and everyone you know. Every social institution will be affected. This is not simply a movement: it is a full-scale reengineering of the role of faith in personal lives, the religious community, and society at large.
The burgeoning faith revolution is markedly different from the two major faith revolutions that changed the face of the Church – and that took place in the United States of America with worldwide implications.
The Great Awakening swept through America from the 1730s through the 1760s. Like all successful revolutions, it provided new leaders, language, ideas, technologies, and structures. The Second Great Awakening in the 1820s and 1830s, introduced similar realities. But the catalyst for both of these religious juntas was an emphasis on sin, the need for forgiveness, and the means to salvation. The ultimate product was the first-time spiritual conversion of sinners. The Great Awakenings were spiritual revivals in the truest sense.
The new revolution we are now seeing differs in that its primary impetus is not salvation among the unrepentant but the personal renewal and recommitment of believers. The dominant catalyst is people’s desperation for a genuine relationship with God. The renewal of that relationship spurs believers to participate in spreading the Gospel. Rather than relying on a relative handful of inspired preachers to promote a local revival, the emerging revolution is truly a grassroots explosion of commitment to God that will refine the Church, redefine the Church, and result in a natural and widespread immersion in outreach. This is the Church being restored so the Holy Spirit can work effectively through the Body of Christ.