....questions do bring answers!
We know of the revival in China. We know of the church planting movements in some of the most radical Hindu or Moslem parts of the world. They cannot do “revival” meetings. They have no TV ministries, no radio ministries, no mega churches, no schools of ministry, no best selling authors and no leaders with celebrity life styles. They have martyrs, leaders in jail and leaders on the run. Some of them are my friends.
They know that Jesus did not command us to count decision cards. They know that Jesus commanded us to make disciples. They know that Jesus commanded a simple lifestyle of sacrificial giving. They know that disciple making is a relational process not a series of events. They practice discipling unto a decision. They understand why Jesus sent the crowds away and invested His life in a few.
You cannot obey the commands of Jesus from a platform. You can only do so house to house and relationship to relationship. You cannot “love one another” through a TV show. You can share information but you cannot do life transformation. Do we not understand that we have tried to reduce a face to face, heart to heart relational process to a performance event? It simply cannot be done! It could be argued from fruit and from the New Testament that our western media presentation is simply counter productive or even destructive of kingdom culture.
We know about the revival in China but we do not want to learn its lessons. We want platforms, and celebrity life styles. We do not want to pay the price in humility and servanthood to do the commands of Jesus one life at a time.
When you are on the platform, you are the most important person in the room. Anyone in the crowd could leave and never be missed. When you are in the home of a man of peace in obedience to Luke 10, you are always the servant and the one you are sharing with is the most important person in the room. That is what Jesus wants to multiply!
Where friends are simply doing the commands of Jesus, they are seeing continuous revival and fruitful evangelism. Mass movement into the Kingdom most often does not come from the center of society. It comes from the fringes. It comes from the edges when we begin to do the one another stuff with the least. Kingdom multiplication comes when we invest our lives in the few and teach them to do the same.
This article has laid out pretty clearly some serious problems.... as well as what needs to happen. We can either remain part of the problem.... or become part of the solution.