My Top 10 Links For Revival In Nashville!

Cry Out Nashville was an awesome 4 hours of seeking God together with brothers and sisters from around Middle Tennessee! During the meeting someone shared that they had just googled for Nashville revival and only saw two posts about spiritual awakening in Nashville on the first 5 pages.
–So this morning I’ve put together 11 links to posts about revival in Nashville

Many in Nashville and around the world are crying out to God for revival and spiritual awakening.  Will you?

Cry out 2015

Would you like to have a powerful vision for revival in Nashville (or in your city)?  Read these posts and let God fill you with passion for spiritual awakening!

Top Ten List — Nashville Revival

10 — Prayer Walking Around Nashville Sites With The Salvation Army Flag

9 — East Nashville, Spiritual Fire, & Buffalo Soldiers

8 — Be Part Of Changing Lives & Transforming A Neighborhood In Nashville

7 — “God is continually calling us outside of our boxes.” — Nashville’s Most Unusual Church

6 — How To Have Genuine Revival And Spiritual Awakening

5 — Passive Church Or Participatory Church (Rest or Revival?)

4) — Does LP Field Have A Message For Nashville? Perhaps.

3) — The Secret Of Revival & Spiritual Movements — Encountering God Together

2) — Revival Needs New Wineskins!

1) —  People Get Ready There’s A Train A Comin’ — (Get On Board The Revival Train)

And a bonus link:  A Nashville Dream Fulfilled After 121 Years

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Origin of Obligatory Oratory in Church Meetings (Let’s Get Back To The Future)

Greek oratory

In the new church, ordinary people (not the Apostles) spoke about Jesus wherever they went.

“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.”  –Acts 8:1-4

“Note the broad distinction which exists between what in the primitive churches was known as ‘prophesying,’ and that which in subsequent times came to be known as ‘preaching.’ [Prophets] were not church officers appointed to discharge certain functions. They did not practice beforehand how or what they should say. . . . Their language was often, from the point of view of the rhetorical schools, barbarous. They were ignorant of the rules both of style and dialectic. They paid no heed to refinements of expression. The greatest ‘preacher’ of them all (Paul of Tarsus) claimed to have come among his converts, in a city in which rhetoric flourished, not with the persuasiveness of human logic, but with the demonstration which was afforded by Spiritual power.In the course of the second century, this original spontaneity of utterance died almost entirely away. It may almost be said to have died a violent death. The dominant parties in the Church set their faces against it. ”  –Edwin Hatch in The Influence of Greek Ideas on Christianity (Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1970)

Spirit-prompted sharing was gradually replaced in the church by formal oratory based on the rhetorical principles of Aristotle and Cicero for several reasons:

* As the first and second generations of Christ-followers died, the younger generations didn’t have the same level of Spirit-inspired passion and excitement about Jesus.

* As the church began to establish more formal structures, leadership and speaking ministry began to be confined to fewer and fewer people.

* As many converts came out of Greek culture, the church began to be overly influenced by the Greek concept of highly trained and skilled oratory.  (However, the church moved away from the Greek concept of ekklesia which is the Greek word the New Testament uses for church.)

* As the church began to institutionalize, local churches began to move away from a plural leadership to hierarchical, one-man leadership, under a regional bishop.

* The local “priest” eventually became the only person in a local church who was considered to be qualified to speak to the congregation.

* The best speakers among the “priests” began to be praised and glorified in the church in the same way that the best Greek orators were in society.

* By the late 300s,  the priest, John Chrysostom, was considered to be one of the most powerful orators in the ancient world.  His last name means: “golden mouth.”

In the Orthodox and Roman churches, oratory had to share the focus in worship services with the eucharist.  The altar table was usually in the center of the platform and the pulpit was off to one side.  However, during the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, put the pulpit in the center, denied the “real presence” of Christ in the elements, and made the weekly sermon the main focus of church meetings.

Since that time (especially among Protestants), a weekly one-man oration has become the essential element of a church service.

Anyone who has ever attended a church service is familiar with the sermon concept, but most of us are completely unaware of the biblical concept of mutual ministry, one to another, presented in the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 14:26.  Many centuries have made us forget this powerful New Testament way of doing church.

I believe that God is calling His church back to the future — back to the Spirit-led sharing of the Gospel that turned the world upside down — back to 1 Corinthians 14:26.  Are we willing to go there?

If you want to see this in action, visit The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, Tennessee 37207 on Sunday mornings at 10:45.

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What The Church Can Learn From Restaurant Concepts

When someone wants to open a new restaurant, she/he must first think of a concept. Restaurant concepts are various ways and means of operating restaurants. The term restaurant concept means the service style, operational strategy, theme, cuisine, and culture of a restaurant. The goal is to create a comfortable climate for dining. New restaurant concepts sometimes completely redefine the idea of eating out. (For example, fast food in the 1950s & 60s.)

There are many different kinds restaurant concepts.  Examples include fast casual, buffet, fine dining, fast food, cafe or bistro, ethnic food, theme cuisine, food trucks, family style dining, casual dining, etc.

So why not various church concepts? Why are so many churches set up and operated on the same 1-man sermon concept? Why do churches tend to get “lost is a sea of sameness”?

“Many restaurant owners try to appeal to the greatest audience, but in doing so, the concepts become too general and possess no unique competitive edge. The restaurant gets lost in a sea of sameness.” –Danny Carberry

restaurant concepts

* Perhaps it’s time for churches to break out of the 1-man sermon concept and climb out of “the sea of sameness.”

* Churches need to “embrace new trends while remaining faithful to their strategy and core values.”

* Churches need to get a hold of the idea, proven by the restaurant industry, that inspired innovation can change our culture.

One fresh church concept is participatory/organic church, where instead of a one-man sermon, everyday people are allowed (as inspired by the Spirit) to share testimonies, Scriptures, prayer needs, short teachings, exhortations, gifts of the Spirit, confessions of sin, prayers, etc. according to the biblical commandment in 1 Corinthians 14:26.

To experience the participatory/organic church concept for yourself, visit The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207 on Sundays at 10:45 am.

Other What The Church Can Learn From posts include:

What The Church Can Learn From Basketball Officials

What The Church Can Learn From Country Music, Yall

What The Church Can Learn From Smartphones

What The Church Can Learn From Facebook

What The Church Can Learn From The NFL

What The Church Can Learn From YouTube (Live, It’s Sunday Morning!)

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Why should the Holy Spirit be restricted to speaking through only one man in a church service? (Is there any Scripture to support that limitation on the Spirit?)

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Guess Who Came From Arkansas 2 Visit Nashville’s Berry Street?

A Facebook friend, William Pratt, wrote this about his visit to a participatory worship service at The Salvation Army Berry Street:

Last fall my wife and I had the privilege of visiting a church in Nashville, TN on a Sunday morning. The entire service consisted of one testimony after another. The pastor delivered a very short message then turned his microphone over to anyone who wished to testify or bring forth an insight from scripture. Instead of a single sermon delivered by the pastor, we heard a dozen sermons about living the Spirit life on the streets, at work, in homes, schools and neighborhoods.

That church is Berry Street Salvation Army and the extraordinary pastor who encourages congregational participation is Steve Simms. He is to be congratulated for taking a church that was losing membership and community influence and turning it into a beacon for the lost, lonely, disenfranchised, abused and hurting. Through the participatory church format immense strides have been made to bring relevance into the lives of many who could otherwise have been lost and wasted.

I remember approaching the pastor of a church we attended not long ago about inviting more participation in the worship services and his response amazed me. He believed the people were not ready for it. He was concerned about losing control and having all sorts of unbiblical messages coming forth. Yet, Pastor Simms at the Berry Street church leaves everything in the hands of the Holy Spirit and nothing happens that is not Spirit controlled.

Let’s encourage our pastors throughout Christendom to bring back Testimony Time. For those whose churches never left it, bravo to you. Then, of course, we must be ready to give testimony of all that God is doing in our lives. Testimony time is important and we must not allow it to become extinct.

(Visit us one Sunday morning at 10:45 — 225 Berry St., Nashville 37207.)

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Participatory church creates a climate contagious with Christ!

Catch Jesus! Catch His love fire burning in your heart. Get so infected with Jesus that you are continually overwhelmed by His awesome power and majesty. Revival is when multitudes in a city, area, or country catch such a case of Jesus that they are so transformed and set free that they are never the same again.  We need an epidemic of people passionately pursuing Jesus!

But how? How can people catch Jesus?

Spirit-led sharing and testimonies in participatory church creates a climate contagious with Christ!

contagious Christ

Looking for a place to catch on fire with Christ? Visit The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, Tennessee 37207 on Sunday mornings at 10:45.

At Berry Street
You see Christ in each face
And feel His presence in the place.
Because the focus isn’t on
One man’s point of view
But on the presence
Of Christ living in you!

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The Top 10 March Madness Thoughts

Here are my Top Ten March Madness Thoughts:

March Madness Thought #10:  A basketball team with one superstar and all the rest bench warmers, will never make the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

March Madness Thought #9:  What tournament officials can teach pastors — “Be a guide on the side, not a sage on a stage.”

March Madness Thought #8:  Not one NCAA Tournament team has ever been named after a basketball official. So why are so many “ministries” named after preachers?

March Madness Thought #7:  “March Madness, we don’t mind being the Cinderella.” –Tony Skinn  (God can use anybody for His glory, even the humblest, weakest church member. So perhaps we should give everybody the chance to speak out in church meetings.)

March Madness Thought #6:  “Every year there seems to be a ‘Cinderella’ team that the whole country cheers for. The atmosphere is wild and makes for some memorable moments.” –Noel Jameson  (When the humblest and weakest church members are allowed to speak in a meeting, it creates some of the most meaningful and memorable moments!)

March Madness Thought #5:  March Madness is unpredictable. Nobody knows what is going to happen ahead of time. Why should church be any different?

March Madness Thought #4:  “You’ve got to show up and play hard. It’s like March Madness!” –Arne Krogh  (Perhaps Christ-followers could learn something from that quote!)

March Madness Thought #3:  “Teams are more effective and productive when everyone contributes.”  (Could that also be true about church meetings?)

March Madness Thought #2:  NCAA = Now Christ’s Always Alive!

And my #1 March Madness Thought is:  All my brackets say “Jesus” — He’s the only real champion!

march madness

Experience a church service based on these March Madness thoughts every Sunday morning at 10:45 at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207.

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