Tools & Trainings  for  Organic Church Movements  
Issue No. 16                                                                                          10.02.08 
In the late 1850s there was a powerful movement of God in revival which swept across America, starting in 1857. By 1859 it was also sweeping through the country of Wales, in the powerful Welsh revival of 1859. One of the men greatly used of God to lead thousands of people to faith in Christ was a Calvinistic Methodist pastor by the name of David Morgan. His traveling companion once related the following story about one of their preaching trips:

"The evening service was terrible. So near was the revivalist to his God, that his face shone like that of an angel, so that none could gaze steadfastly at him. Many of the hearers swooned. On the way home I dared not break the silence for miles. Towards midnight I ventured to say, 'Didn't we have blessed meetings, Mr. Morgan?' 'Yes,' he replied; and after a pause, added, 'The Lord would give us great things, if He could only trust us'. 'What do you mean?' I asked. 'If He could trust us not to steal the glory for ourselves.' Then the midnight air rang with his cry, at the top of his voice, 'Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory'."

I believe that God wants to use this season of preparation and waiting upon Him in humility and obedience for the purpose of raising up a generation of believers who have passed through the fire of His holiness and who can be trusted by the Holy Spirit with great endowment of power; trusted not to steal the glory that rightly belongs to God alone. As this passage tells us, I believe we have yet to see what God will do for a generation of believers who are willing to wait upon God to act on our behalf.

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Featured Resources

Cultivating a Life for God
Cultivating A Life For God
by Neil Cole

Cultivating a Life for God calls upon us to rethink our busy, fast-paced lives. If there is a stirring in your soul for "something more" in your spiritual journey, take a risk on what God might do in and through your life. Discover the compassion that comes from heaven and can be experienced in a Life Transformation Group (LTG). You may never be the same again!

Way of JesusThe Way of Jesus: A Journey of Freedom for Pilgrims and Wanderers
by Jonathan and Jennifer Campbell

The Way of Jesus is written for those on a journey-from spiritual sojourners to religious refugees. With a focus on our yearning for the Spirit and spirituality, this book opens pathways for experiencing the powerful simplicity in the life and Way of Jesus. All journeys are spiritual by nature, even if we can't always see the full picture of where God is leading us or why He is leading us there.

In their own twenty-year journey, Jonathan and Jennifer Campbell have joined with others to rediscover and embody the life of Jesus. They share a way of living out our spirituality from the core of our being to the very connections that define our humanity. The Way of Jesus weaves their poignant story with a thoughtful exploration of the intersection of culture, community, and spiritual identity. Their adventure is a journey with Jesus toward freedom and a life filled with his love, truth, and power.

Baghdad BelieverBaghdad Believer: A Sunni Muslim Experiences Jesus in the Midst of Violence
by J. Nealson

Christians who want to befriend and bless Muslims will benefit from these insights into what life is like for members of a Sunni clan. Also through reading this book, you will:

  • Experience how Iraqi Muslims are uniquely prepared to follow Jesus.
  • See that reading and obeying God's word are the keys to growth as believers.
  • Realize that Muslims can follow Jesus while honoring family and friends.
  • Confront the assumptions about the Iraqi Muslims that keep you from joining in God's work among them.
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A Dangerous Question
by Neil Cole

Think about what questions you've been asked about your church. Questions come up like "What church do you go to? How big is your church? Where is your church? What kind of music do you have at your church? What denomination is your church? Who is the pastor at your church?" I find that we often ask about things that may seem important, but we usually aren't getting at what matters most. These are things about churches. But what is a church?

I came to a point, after trying to plant churches for some time, where I asked the Lord one of the most dangerous questions I have ever asked: "Okay, Lord, so what is a church anyway?" I say it was a dangerous question because asking it forced me to admit that I had been trying to grow something without knowing what it was.

Our Vision of Church: Limited by Our Experience

To help find the best answer, I went to my peers and leaders, asking them in all sincerity, "What is church?" When I asked the question, however, it caused others to reflect and realize that they might not really know what church is either. Oh sure, we all know what our experience is. We all know what our traditions are. We speak as though we obviously know the answer to this question. But in reality, we found that many of us hadn't taken a moment to ask the question. Rather than starting with the question of what church is, we had been asking how we can make churches get bigger or better, or how we can start more of them.