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Part of Passionate Worship is being prepared for worship. An outline is available Saturday mornings to help you be ready to learn at worship. [View Study Guides]
We hear a lot about “renewal” in our culture. There is concern about using renewable energy sources to protect our environment. Some people call for urban renewal to save our decaying cities. Others say our infrastructure must be renewed as highways crumble and power grids are stressed. This renewal mindset spills over into the church as well and is typically called revival. There is something in us that longs to get out of the “same old, same old” rut we oftentimes find ourselves in spiritually speaking. More times than not, our desire for renewal or revival looks backward as we long for the “good old days” or desire “that old-time religion.” But, while the Bible makes it clear God wants to renew and refresh His people, it is not to return them to the way things were. No, in every case, He has a better future in mind.
As the Lord spoke through his prophet, Isaiah, “But forget [what happened in the past] – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland…Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed.” (Isaiah 43:18-20 NLT)
In his book, Revival Rising, Mark Nysewander chronicles historical revivals in the past in anticipation of the next great move of God. In it, he points out, “Revival hope is an experiential taste of what’s coming in the future.” As a result, he suggests that maybe revival should be called previval since it is a taste of what is yet to come in terms of God’s love, power, and glory.
Beginning August 6, we will explore five types of “previval” God uses to renew both His Church and the world. Please plan to join us each week and let’s pray “that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19b NIV)
August 6 Personal Previval (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
August 13 Relational Previval (Mark 12:30-31)
August 20 Missional Previval (John 17:18; Acts 20:24)
August 27 Structural Previval (Matthew 9:16-17)
September 3 Cultural Previval (Acts 5:28; 17:6)