Some time ago I saw (in my spirit) a mighty revival train rolling and rumbling through Nashville. Since that time, numerous times a week, I have seen (with my natural eyes) rows of the same number repeated 3 or more times — like 111, 8888, 444, 55555, or 777. It has happened far too many times to be coincidence. My wife and I have prayed about what it means and we get “alignment.” I believe God is aligning people and circumstances to His will so that He can release a mighty revival to begin in Nashville and spread around the world!
A couple of months ago, my wife and I booked a train ride on the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad in Bryson City, North Carolina on this train. When we arrived at the depot, we noticed that it was marked 777!
Is participatory church is a key to revival and spiritual awakening? I like this quote from Kester Brewin: “This (revival) is not going to happen through an upsurge in personal holiness but by radical transformation of our corporate practice.”
Ever since encountering the living Jesus Christ while a freshman in college, I’ve longed to see revival — a widespread movement of believers getting on fire for Christ and unbelievers becoming passionate, life-long Christ-followers — and I still seek, long for, and pray for revival.
Over the years, I’ve come to believe that our Sunday morning church format greatly hinders revival by stopping the free moving of the Spirit through tradition, human control, fear of being out of order, and prepackaged programming. I believe that one of the keys to revival is believers gathering not to sit and watch programs, but rather to corporately listen to and obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit. That’s why I talk about participatory church so much!
And that’s why I like Kester Brewin’s quotation and find it greatly encouraging. Anybody ready to “radically transform” the way we do church (“our corporate practice”) and help bring on the revival train?
As Rod Stewart put it in his lyrics:
“People get ready
There’s a train a-coming
You don’t need no baggage
You just get on board
All you need is faith
To hear the diesels humming
Don’t need no ticket
You just thank the Lord.”
Get on board and experience participatory, organic church in Nashville at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., 37207 on Sunday mornings at 10:45.