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Editor’s journey


Beyond buzzwords

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — How many times have we heard it said, “We need revival”? But, for many, “revival” has been reduced to an ambiguous buzzword. The phrase is tossed around as if everyone knows what it means. I’m not sure we do.

For some, revival is synonymous with a religious rave party — a rambunctious church service. For others, it’s about renewed intimacy with God, reinvigorated spiritual authority and a recommitment to witnessing.

In Acts 2 and 3 we find revival in action — perhaps a portrait of what revival should be. After receiving the Holy Spirit, Christ’s followers demonstrated the Spirit’s power in their lives in the following ways:

1. Boldness and evangelism (Acts 2:14-41, NIV). Peter preached in public, warning, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” As a result, 3,000 turned to Jesus.

2. Unity and charity (Acts 2:42-47). Believers dined and prayed together. They sold their possessions and gave to those in need.

3. Faith and miracles (Acts 3:1-10). Peter and John encountered a beggar outside the temple. Peter said, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Instantly, the man was healed.

If we truly want these characteristics to be evident in our lives, we must follow the same path taken by believers 2,000 years ago: “They all joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14). They prayed with a sense of desperation, received the baptism in the Holy Spirit and then exited the Upper Room to touch their world.

May we, too, move beyond buzzwords to action. Then, and only then, will the word “revival” mean something.

If you want to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, please read “Receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit.”


Hal Donaldson

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