Tuesday, November 14, 2006

"Revolutionaries" (as I see 'em)

George Barna, has begun dividing Christians into three categories: Notional, Evangelical, & Revolutionary. He coined that last term in His recent book, Revolution, & qualifies the group in typical Barna-esque fashion by explaining that "Revolutionaries" have 11 criteria (source link):

  • A clear sense of the meaning & purpose of their life.
  • Valuing their relationship with & faith in God as top priority.
  • Considering themselves to be "Christian".
  • Reading the Bible regularly.
  • Praying regularly.
  • Deeming their faith as "very important" in their life.
  • Have as the main objective in life to love God with all their heart, mind, strength & soul.
  • Describing God as the "all-knowing, all-powerful being who created the universe & still rules it today".
  • Personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is important in their life today.
  • Believing that when they die they will go to heaven only because they have confessed their sins & accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.
  • Saying that their faith in Christ has "greatly transformed" them.
I've read brother George's book; and I'm excited about his estimation of the present Christian "Revolution"; but I'm disappointed with this list of eleven. I know, he's the research guru & I'm the inexperienced bystander. Nevertheless, I'd like to suggest a different list... not of the marks this new race of Christians describes itself as having, but rather, the marks God is branding upon this generation of Christ-followers, which He is fashioning. So here goes... I believe "Revolutionaries", as George calls them, are marked by at least six indicators:

  • Intimacy with God ... They seek intimacy with God more anything else in the universe; & they will risk & give their literal lives for it. Prayer, fasting, receiving the Word, gathering, & all the rest are obvious expectations for them.
  • Real Community ... They seek & build real community... not the phony-boloney stuff big programs offer.
  • Clear Mission... They seek to fully discover & accomplish the potential & destiny God gave them, especially as it relates to partnering with Jesus in His redemption of the world thru evangelism & discipleship.
  • Drive for Substance ... They see life & ministry as the same thing; & work to build lives that matter.
  • Miraculous Faith ... Miracles (e.g. healing, casting out demons, etc.) are normal for them; & they experience supernatural ministries as mere expressions of mature faith.
  • Integrated Worship ... They enjoy everything in the created order with thanksgiving & praise & without bias (e.g. materal vs. immaterial) because they have learned to see God's creative, sustaining, & redeeming hand behind it all. They also see the border between material & immaterial as much more permeable than previously thought.
I believe that now is the time for us to become what God is already building. It's time for us to come together, rally around His person & His call & partner with Him in rebuilding the broken walls of this Jerusalem we call "Church".

Life & peace in Christ alone.


David said...

Considering we have a church service called "Revolution" (which was named before the book by the way), I think your list fits us more than Barna's...

Makeesha said...

I would agree with John (and David)

John Lynch said...

Thanks for your encouragement & affirmation you guys. I praise God for what He is building in & around us! What an age to live!