Bill Johnson and Bethel Church: A Revival Culture

In the March 2007 issue of Charisma Mag. is one of my all time favorite articles: “Ignite The Fire”. There is way more important info. in this article than can be commented on in a single post. I’ve been waiting for it to finally be in the Charisma archives in order to provide a link so that everyone could actually read it.

In the article, Bill and Brenda Johnson talk about their church and the goals that they have in mind. Here is one of the first quotes:

“We’re alive for one reason” the outpouring of the Spirit of God on everything He’s given our hands to touch ”family, city, my nation and the nations of the world,” he says. “We’ve not been assigned to hang out until He returns ”we’ve been given a message and a power that completely revolutionizes life. Why would anyone want to get up in the morning and not shape the course of world history?”

Bill and Brenda talk about revival as being what normal Christianity should actually look like. They have tried to nurture a ‘revival culture’ at Bethel Church in Redding CA. An environment that encourages every member to be involved in some kind of outreach to the community:

“When you keep it within the walls, it dies. When you take it out where Jesus intended it to be, it happens.”

Now for the stuff that really blows me away. Here are a few quotes about revival. First about what they are currently experiencing at Bethel:

“…revival is like a big, ripe, red apple, I came back realizing ours is 100 percent apple but not fully developed yet. Everything is there [at Bethel]. It’s just smaller.”

Now about revival in general:

“[Revival is] happening, It’s just on a small scale. People are asking for something to happen that’s already been released, and you have to cooperate with what He’s already given.”

“Our closest friends won’t buy into what God’s doing in our life. If we’re going to carry what God’s asked for, we have to pass that test “the stigma is the important part of the test.”

“John 5:44 says, ‘How can you believe when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?’ Fear of man puts up an image of walking in wisdom. People who walk in the fear of man are cautious people and people call them wise. The fear of man masquerades as wisdom.”

“Mary had the stigma of carrying an illegitimate child, all her life,” he says. “Not even the ones who loved her and knew her the most believed [the child] was from God. That’s what it means to carry revival.

“Revival almost always has a stigma” something offensive that causes people to reject it when it comes. People don’t realize that when God manifests revival, bugs are drawn to the light, and if you don’t like dealing with stuff like that then you don’t have a revival from God.”

“In revival, everything gets brought to the surface … good, bad and ugly. Everything is open so that people are in a position to deal with what’s been in their hearts.”

“I’ve watched this for years. God will bypass people who are praying for revival and land on a couple who wasn’t even interested. He knows they’ll steward it.”

“People have a religious agenda they want revival to fit into. … [God] has agendas that are different than ours. God brought joy to people who didn’t deserve it in Toronto. It still bothers people. People who don’t adjust to that will miss out.”

Wow, I can’t even begin to add to these quotes. I’ll just let them stand on their own merits. I’m sure some of you will want to comment and shed further light. I just want to encourage you all to read the whole article. There’s a whole lot more where this came from. *Top

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