COALITION ON REVIVAL MANUAL
Compiled by Dr Peter Hammond and Dr Jay Grimstead.
CONTENTS of this A5 Manual:
A Bold New Initiative for Reformation Today
The Authority of Scripture
The 42 Essential Articles of a Christian Worldview
A Manifesto for the Christian Church
Articles on the Kingdom of God
7 Essential Actions Local Churches Must Take
The Sanctity of Life
Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage
Biblical Economic Systems
Freedom of Expression
The Discipline of Children
Contextualization and Missions
95 Theses for Reformation Today
Launching Reformation 500
“Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” Psalm 85:6
A BOLD NEW INITIATIVE FOR REFORMATION TODAY
The Church Needs a New Reformation
We desperately want God to bless our countries. However, we cannot expect a Holy God to bless those who are in rebellion to His Laws. As in the days of the Reformers in the 16th century, today we are facing a complex series of both internal and external threats.
Internally we are facing a renaissance of paganism. Externally we are facing an increasingly aggressive and radical form of Islamic Jihad. Even more seriously, there is a severe crisis in our churches. Most of our people are ignorant of history, and have a very superficial grasp of Scripture. As a result, many professing Christians are compromising, cowardly and ineffective. The salt has lost its flavour, and all too often the light is being hid under a bushel.
With many Christians in defeat and retreat, we are facing a resurgent paganism, a pervasive humanism and an aggressive Islamic radicalism. It would appear that humanism has hijacked many churches.
Many churches seem neutralised by an eschatology of defeat and retreat. Escapism and defeatism have sucked the life out of all too many congregations. Rapture fever and an end-times obsession has distracted all too many congregations to the point that they are ineffective in fulfilling the Great Commission.
Many Christians are being brainwashed by secular education, distracted by worldly entertainment and deceived by the secular news media. As a result we can see a neutralising of the church as it has been side lined out of the market place, preoccupied with end times speculations and generally passive and inactive in the issues of the day. Instead of the church changing the world, in all too many cases the world is changing the church.
What is needed if we are to rescue our churches from worldliness and work for Biblical Reformation and spiritual Revival?
In this clash of civilisations, the battlegrounds are found in classrooms, cinemas and college campuses, in bookshops and market places, in pulpits and parliaments, in homes and hearts.
We need field workers for the Reformation, like John Wycliffe’s Lollards, sowing Gospel seed, in the common language, in the market places, highways and byways, and from door to door. Reformations need literature, leadership training and itinerant Evangelists.
The Coalition on Revival has produced the vital foundational documents published in this Manual to assist your church and ministry in working for Biblical Reformation. If these documents accurately reflect your convictions, please let us know.
In addition, the Reformation Society has produced 95 Theses for Reformation Today as a basis for study and discussion in order to produce a Global Church Council document for publication. If you have suggestions to improve this document please communicate them to us in writing.
It is essential that we are informed, inspired, and involved in fulfilling the Great Commission, working for Reformation and praying for Revival, applying the Lordship of Christ to all areas of life. God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts, His ways are higher than our ways. Reformation is about restoring Biblical principles to all areas of life. This is God’s world, and we need God’s Word to be obeyed in every area of life.
Is your conscience captive to the Word of God?
Is your desire to obey God promptly and sincerely with your whole heart aflame in the hand of God?
We need doctrinal steel in our backbones and Holy Spirit fire in our hearts, minds and souls.
May the Lord fill us and empower us with His Holy Spirit. May God find us faithful to His Word and effective in fulfilling the Great Commission, as we work for Biblical Reformation and pray for Spiritual Revival.