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Transcript of Nexus 2011
Transformed individuals and communities move out from personal transformation to world engagement
Revivals are more than people movements, they are movements of charismatic people gifted by God, recipients of His unique work of grace in revival.
Personal liberation: Both leaders and followers are liberated from personal sin and bondage and testify of the power of God in their lives.
Eschatological vision: A shift in values occurs in these people groups making them motivated to act out of the realities of God’s Kingdom breaking in to current realities.
Radical community: A radical dependence on Christ and His people as expressed in radical expressions of community.
Evangelical activism: The transformed community moves outward from the inner and communal transformation to bring both evangelism and activism to the world.
People factor: The first sign of revival is indigenization which includes a transfer of power and the emergence of “new light” leaders who upset the balance of power and status quo of previous religious assumptions.
Faith factor: Revivals have more than “new light leaders,” they are driven by passionate visionaries who are willing to sacrifice in faith immensely to join God in what He is doing in their midst.
Justice factor: Revivals are both caused by change and volatility as well as produce change and volatility particularly around issues of social justice. Revivals are not so much caused by stagnation in the Church but rather societal volatility.
Problem Stage: In this stage, people feel their old maps of navigating life, society, and religion no longer work. Globalizing forces and local realities give rise to a desire to change. New light leaders emerge with new vision and direction.
Paradigm Stage: New light leaders emerge with new paradigms, strategies. They renew and re-articulate the promises of God in relevant ways for God’s people.
Power Stage: Resistance to new paradigms, leaders, and voices emerges in society and amongst “old light” leaders setting up the struggle for influence.
The influences of globalization produce volatility and a reaction to external forces. Globalization is met with a “localization” movement and the desire to relativize that localization externally
Benjamin Barber, "Jihad vs. McWorld," The Atlantic, March 1992:
"Just beyond the horizon of current events lie two possible political futures—both bleak, neither democratic. The first is a retribalization of large swaths of humankind by war and bloodshed: a threatened Lebanonization of national states in which culture is pitted against culture, people against people, tribe against tribe—a Jihad in the name of a hundred narrowly conceived faiths against every kind of interdependence, every kind of artificial social cooperation and civic mutuality..."
"The second is being borne in on us by the onrush of economic and ecological forces that demand integration and uniformity and that mesmerize the world with fast music, fast computers, and fast food—with MTV, Macintosh, and McDonald's, pressing nations into one commercially homogenous global network: one McWorld tied together by technology, ecology, communications, and commerce. The planet is falling precipitantly apart AND coming reluctantly together at the very same moment."
Rev. 17:15-19 (NASB), "Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever."
And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, "We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. "And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth." And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm."
“Revivals understood in the fullest sense must incorporate spiritual, structural and social transformation. Global revivals broker other growth factors such as indigenization, globalization, and nationalism." Mark Shaw, Global Awakening
"Revivals consist of charismatic people movements that seek to change their world by translating Christian faith and transferring power," p. 198
"As historical movements, revivals begin with problems. . . . Out of the ashes of the old springs the new. New leaders emerge and form a movement." p. 29
"If the movement can resolve those clashes, it then moves outward to alter the social, spiritual, and cultural landscape of the surrounding world” p. 29
The Global Church
Awakening is the initial responsiveness of a people group or society to the message of the gospel and its Kingdom implications for their social and enduring cultural structures.
Awakening is more than mass conversion. Awakening produces the needed energy to reform, renew, and re-establish broken and lapsed social structures. These renewed social structures transform a people into a Kingdom vessel. Social transforamtion is foundational to awakening.
Any attempt to move the spiritual energy of revival into the social structures of a society should always include addressing the following:
1. The unique sin of the structure.
2. Any dichotomization of those social structures from Christ's Kingdom.
3. The power structures, gatekeepers, and abilities of the institutions.
4. The protection of the institution itself so as not to absorb the
institution into another structure, particularly the Church.
Cultural Amplifiers and Transponders
Revival happens when the throne room of God breaks through the veil into the arena of mere men, re-establishing the rule of the lamb and will come in its fulness when "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever." Rev. 11:15
Awakening happens when, through the social agency of culture-making institutions, the reign of Christ is actuallized and the Kingdom transforms the structures and systems of a people. In short, it is a reflection of the world to come when, "...the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come." Rev. 12:10, NASB
Obstacles & Response*
John the Baptist
The First Revival of the Church
Made the Apostles
Created the Church
Caused subsequent revivals
Inspired the Epistles
Spread Christianity throughout world
Has reached to our own time
The Holy Spirit unleashed
on the World through the Church
The first post-resurrection revival is different. It is the source of all subsquent revivals
Revival at Antioch
Revival at Antioch Pisidia
Came about as the Church was persecuted and thrust out
First time the gospel goes to non-Jews
Begins to shape the Church's understanding of the global nature of God's Kingdom
The gospel goes outside of Israel to a God-fearing Italian.
The Spirit is given to non-Jews.
This localized revival demonstrates the divine plan and intentions of God coupled with human agency and responsiveness.
Again, racial and national identity issues are key areas the Spirit addresses as the gospel advances.
As the Church now enfolds Gentiles, no longer is the term Nazarene or the Way used but rather the enemies of the Church prophetically begin to refer to them as 'Christians.'
Launches the intentional missions movement that reaches us to this day.
Again, born out of persecution.
Like many revivals in the first testament, the significant work of God in Antioch Pisidia begins with the reading of the Law and Prophets-this is an invitation for Israel to respond to God's good news but is rejected becuase of jealousy and racial tensions.
The entire historical purpose of Israel's existance as a light to the world is in view and on trial as Jewish leaders reject the gospel.
Most significantly is the intentional declaration that the gospel will now go to the Gentiles.
Persecution follows revival.
Proclamation of the gospel.
Revivals Under Christ
Too numerous to list
Whereever the person of Christ decided to or was allowed to reveal His glory, the Kingdom of God broke into our world leading to personal, familial, and community-wide revival.
A preparatory work of God to prepare the geopolitical people of Israel for the coming of Christ.
Challenged societal brokenness, false religious beliefs and structures.
Centered on proclamation of personal repentance and the coming Kingdom.
Called for radical social action.
Integration: Justice, proclamation, prayer.
Materialism and greed.
Pursue proclamation of repentance in tandem with doing justice.
Repent of materialism & greed.
Repent of Kingdom building
Idolatry of independence.
Identity based on sexuality.
Repent and believe on Jesus Christ for salvation.
Pursue God's authentic Kingdom vision which is now reflected in the cheap substitutes.
Good Gift of God
Be open to revival.
Realize what our unique resistance is to revival.
Sacrifice idols in a public way.
Look for and celebrate renewal.
Pray for revival.
Proclaim Christ in light of the eschaton.
Lack of faith.
Community confession and repentance.
A deliverence moment.
A watershed expression of faith.
"On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth."
The LORD has spoken. (Is. 25:6-8)
Adapted from Mark Shaw (Kenya)
"Global Awakening," IVP 2010
Most revivals are opposed
Most revivals occur during times of great shifting/displacement
Most revivals impact systemic injustices (e.g. racial tension)
Most revivals spread (they aren't localized)
Most revivals revolve around preaching and prayer
Most revivals include an emphasis on the word of God
Most revivals impact economic structures
Most revivals change social behavior and relationships
All revivals have a localized epicenter (they can be named by their point of origin)
All revivals are a mix of God's work and the work of the enemy in people groups.
All revivals have an end and their impact fades over time.
All revivals set people free from bondage
All revivals incorporate spiritual warfare
A revived people move out into culture to transform social structures and bring awakening.
Revival and awakening occuring simultaneously brings a transformative dynamism to a people.
This 'nexus' or watershed moment in a people demonstrates the future Kingdom breaking into current realities.
A 'nexus' moment often launches new organizations, denominations, institutions which endure for generations.