From: Pat Johnson
The three Rs of Christianity are renewal, reformation, and revival. It is generally believed in contemporary culture that all religions lead to one Supreme Being, and that we can trust our educational system to not be agenda-oriented. With multiculturalism and “agreeing to disagree,” it seems impossible to believe in anything, if only for the sake of argument.
Each generation must prove for itself truth, which may not always be politically correct. In their search for truth, the prayer groups of Notre Dame brought forth the Great Renewal. Luther gave us the wonderful Reformation. John Wesley brought Revival and bible studies in every town.
Now, John Wesley is back. The Minnesota Methodist convention of 2017 is calling its people to an Acts Two Revival. Jesus commanded Peter to teach the people how to be born again — to the Jews first, and then to the gentiles. In Acts Two, the people who received the revelation that Jesus was both the Lord (Emanuel) and the Christ (the Messiah) asked what they must do to be saved. Peter commanded them to repent, and then to be baptized in the name of Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Then they must receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, as they had on Pentacost, (Acts 2:4, Acts 2:38, Acts 10, Acts 19).
God is a spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:24). Jesus had the Spirit of God without measure. He poured it out for us with His life-giving blood on the cross. Christ in us is our hope of glory — the oil in our lamps for His resurrection power (Col. 1:27). Luther said faith comes by hearing, and hearing by obeying the word of God.
Wesleyans and friends, it’s onward and upward and forward for renewal, reformation, and revival!