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The Dallas Revival Statement

DALLAS ~ The spiritual walls of the " church" of Dallas have been broken and tattered with complacency and division.  Therefore, the TIME IS NOW to restore and rebuild them.  Just as Nehemiah and the people of Judah recognized that the walls of Jerusalem had been torn down, we must collectively take action to rebuild the spiritual walls of the body of Christ.  Let’s stop talking about it, discussing it and arguing about it.  Let’s just do it.  Let’s pursue personal and corporate revival. 

Two practicalities must happen.  First of all, each and every believer must take ownership of this restoration process, specifically through an organized time of prayer lasting 40 days (April 9th - May 18th).  If we want change, let’s pray for it as one body of Christ.  We need to gather in one location and pray, not because we are being forced, but because we desire a change for our local church.  Prayer speaks volumes. When we want change, let’s take it before the Lord.  Prayer takes time.  Prayer requires effort.  Prayer demands energy.  

Therefore, a committed team from Dallas Bible Church, along with the support of Criswell College, is currently organizing a 40-day gathering for the body of Christ in Dallas to meet under one tent located in downtown Dallas (4005 Gaston Avenue).  For one hour in the morning of every day (6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.), each local church is being asked to send one representative from their congregation to come and corporately pray with other believers.  During these 40 mornings of prayer, there will be a brief time of teaching based on a specific prayer found in Scripture.  Then, with this specific prayer as a backdrop, the remainder of time will be dedicated to allowing the Holy Spirit to move as the group prays for the body of Christ and the city Dallas.
Why 40 days of prayer?  To many, it seems like quite a commitment. Waking up early, driving to a central sight, meeting with others.  EXACTLY!  Let us reveal to the Lord that we are committed to seeing long-term change within our communities through the power of prayer.


Secondly, we need to come together as the diverse body of Christ.   We need every person of every shape and size to corporately pray for the area we live in.  We mustn’t exclude individuals or groups of people.  Jesus loves all people and all denominations.  The Hispanic churches.  The Asian churches.  The African-American churches.  The Caucasian churches. " We are all precious in His sight." 1  So let us sound the trumpet of restoration.  The time is now for believers of all ethnic groups within each town and city to gather the people together. 

Just because the names on our physical buildings reveal " Baptist" or " Fellowship" , " Methodist" or " Presbyterian" , doesn’t excuse the biblical standard that we are ONE body.  Paul reminded the Corinthian Church, " There may be no division in the body." 2   The " many members" 3 might have or display various gifts and purposes, but as the body of Christ, we are to keep our eyes upon Jesus Christ, the Head of our body.  And, with Jesus as our central focus, the various denominations will be able to come together and pray as ONE.   
               
Unfortunately, the truth speaks for itself.  Our congregational gatherings are typically segregated.  Many times, the division is because of geographic location.  We attend church where we live.  But let’s overcome this distance- barrier for 40 days.  Let’s make the time, expend the energy, and put forth the effort to collectively worship together ~ IN ONE LOCATION AS ONE BODY OF CHRIST.  At the Dallas Revival, not only are we organizing prayer for the 40 mornings, but we are also organizing 40 different pastors and 40 different worship teams to help lead us in worship for each of the 40 evenings (7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.). Then, as we cross the denominational streets and racial avenues in Dallas, each neighborhood and barrio will experience a unified movement of the Holy Spirit all across the map.  Let us each " put on the new self" in Christ and experience a corporate renewal  ~ " a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all." 4 
               
*Revivals, unfortunately, are known and labeled as short periods of emotional highs.  To some extent, this is often the case. But when we focus on these temporary emotions, we end-up missing out on one huge benefit ~ the ongoing integration between biblical faith and every day living.  Therefore, let us renew our focus on the Lord as the body of Christ in Dallas, where we can know and experience the transforming presence of Jesus Christ.


1 Lyrics from Jesus Loves the Little Children, http://www.virtu- software.com/projecthymnbook/song.asp?sid=16.
2
1 Corinthians 12:25 NASB
3 1 Corinthians 12:20 NASB
4 Colossians 3:10-11 NASB
 
" Revival is an invitation to discover God anew and to be transformed by taking God seriously each day, acting ‘upon the direction given to us by the Lord.’"

– Dr. Thomas Jones