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the benefit of revival in Dallas

Revivals, unfortunately, are known and labeled as short periods of emotional highs. To some extent, this is a valid thought. But when we focus on these temporary emotions we are missing out on one huge benefit. We are able turn to the Lord for a natural integration of our beliefs into our daily lives. An ongoing life-transformation of our total being is the benefit of revival. Allow me to repeat it. LIFE-TRANSFORMATION is the benefit of revival. When we transform our lives to reflect the will of God, we reveal that " which is good and acceptable and perfect." xii To experience the benefit of revival in our personal lives and within the body of Christ in America, we must look for a revitalization of our views towards the absolute truths which can only be found in the Scriptures. That is when our life-transforming perspective can begin to weave absolute truths into a biblical worldview. This biblical worldview will testify to our own personal life-transformation and bring us closer to living our lives within the will of God.

However, within the " church" in America, when there appears to be a lack of knowledge of Scripture, a biblical worldview rarely exists. According to the Barna Group, only 4% of the adults polled in 2003 hold to a biblical worldview.xiii So how will we ever see the benefits of a revival if we don’t hold a biblical worldview? The pollster George Barna confirmed this concerning question when he said:

If Jesus Christ came to this planet as a model of how we ought to live, then our goal should be to act like Jesus. Sadly, few people consistently demonstrate the love, obedience and priorities of Jesus. The primary reason that people do not act like Jesus is because they do not think like Jesus. Behavior stems from what we think - our attitudes, beliefs, values and opinions.

Although most people own a Bible and know some of its content, our research found that most Americans have little idea how to integrate core biblical principles to form a unified and meaningful response to the challenges and opportunities of life. We’re often more concerned with survival amidst chaos than with experiencing truth and significance. xiv

Revival can and will occur when Christians in America accept ownership of the absolute truths… and more importantly, hold to them. This is when we will begin to witness the BENEFIT of revival in our own lives. So what does a biblical worldview consist of? According to The Barna Group, a biblical worldview contains six specific views upheld by the 66-books within the Holy Bible. xv They are:

1. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 7:26;1 Peter 2:21-24; 1 John 3:5

2. God is the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe and He still rules it today
  • Isaiah 40; Jeremiah 10:11-13; Romans 1:18-20, 8:28-30; 2 Peter 1:3
3. Salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned
  • Acts 13:38-39; Romans 5:1; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:7

4. Satan is real
  • Matthew 4:1-11; John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2, 6:10-17; Revelation 12:9

5. A Christian has a responsibility to share their faith in Christ with other people
  • Matthew 24:14; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:15; 2 Corinthians 5:20

6. The Bible is accurate in all its teachings
  • Psalm 119:105; Acts 2:42; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Peter 3:2

When these absolute truths are revitalized in our own lives, the ongoing benefit of having a life-transformation is right around the corner. Not only will we understand how Scripture practically affects our decisions and actions, but we will also impact others around us. Change is contagious when it is authentic and real. People will notice and want to know the source of our different lifestyle. That is one way that revival will occur in many communities. It starts with willing and able individuals who want to make a difference for the kingdom of God in their own lives.

When we hold a biblical worldview, the life-transformation benefit is ongoing. We will walk securely. We will not stumble. We will not fear. The Lord will be our confidence. xvi Life-transformation develops a strong hold based in our own personal walk with the Lord even when we are tempted and tested. This life-transformation will carry over into surrounding communities.

LIFE-TRANSFORMATION is an ongoing benefit that we might not be able to articulate well and understand in our own lives until we have personally experienced it. When we do, there is a sense of peace and joy. There is a sense of direction. The local body of Christ will become like-minded, and the community will become unified… to bring glory to the name of God.

The benefit of personal LIFE -TRANSFORMATION through a biblical worldview allows each of us to impact those around us because we are … xvii

a. 31 times less likely to accept cohabitation 2% versus 62%
b. 18 times less likely to endorse drunkenness 2% versus 36%
c. 15 times less likely to condone gay sex 2% versus 31%
d. 12 times less likely to tolerate profanity 3% versus 37%
e. 11 times less likely to describe adultery 4% versus 44%
f. 78 times less likely to accept pornography .5% versus 39%
g. 92 times less likely to accept abortion .5% versus 46%

xi Drummond, Lewis, Quotes about Revival, http://www.goodpassage.com/quotes_about_revival.htm, December 2005.
xii Romans 12:1-2 NASB
xiii Barna, George. " A Biblical Worldview Has a Radical Effect on a Person’s Life," Dec.1, 2003, http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=154, December 2005.
xiv Ibid.
xv Ibid.
xvi Proverbs 3:23 NASB
xvii Barna, George. " A Biblical Worldview Has a Radical Effect on a Person’s Life," Dec.1, 2003, http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdate&BarnaUpdateID=154, December 2005.
xviii Ibid.
" A spiritual awakening is no more than God’s people seeing God in His holiness,
turning from their wicked ways, and being transformed into His likeness." xi

- Lewis Drummond
" As the number of true saints multiplied…the town seemed to be full of the presence of God: it was never so full of love, nor of joy, and yet so full of distress as it was then. There were remarkable tokens of God’s presence in almost every house. It was a time of joy in families on account of salvation being brought unto them…On whatever occasions person met together, Christ was heard of and seen in the midst of them…The Spirit of God began to be so wonderfully poured out in a general way through the town, people had soon done with their old quarrels, backbitings, and intermeddling with other men’s matters. The tavern was soon left empty. Every day seemed in many respects like a Sabbath day." xviii

- Jonathan Edwards on the Spirit moving in his community of Northampton, Massachusetts, 1735