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kevtherev
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Posted - 22 Jan 2006 :  21:49:43  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Biblical Revivalism and the Potters House Movement

The scriptural basis of Potters House evangelism is found in the Great Commission; "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:15, 16) was Christ's instruction to the Church. The Early Church, acting upon this directive, was exceptionally successful in its evangelistic endeavors. By demonstrating selfless devotion and by relying upon spiritual motion, early Christians in one generation planted churches in every part of the Hellenistic world. Three prominent factors, all very scriptural, characterized these successful revivalistic efforts of the Early Church.

First, revivalism was based on a basic theological foundation. All men were considered born under the curse of sin and thus separated from God. Restoration could be achieved only through a religious experience called salvation, which could be realized by having faith in the atoning work of Christ. Such a theological precept attributed all the ills of humanity to sin and considered Christ's salvation to be the ultimate cure for the problems of humanity. Man is hell bound but faith in Christ is the way to heaven.

Second, the scope of revivalism became universal. For a brief time after Pentecost the gospel was preached only to Hebrews. After the Apostle Peter's experience of evangelizing in the house of Cornelius, however, revivalism tended to become inclusive rather than exclusive. Within a short time the gospel had been carried to most of Europe, the Near East, Northern Africa, and Thomas brought it as far east as India.

Third, the evangels of the Early Church were spiritually motivated, inspired, and impelled. The promise of the Master was, "Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and `ye shall be witnesses unto me" (Acts 1:5). This spiritual anointing and empowerment produced vital witnesses in the early history of the Church."

Unfortunately, revivalism encountered some decided changes after the first few centuries. Ecclesiastical form began to replace spiritual force; the baptismal font began to supersede a regenerated heart. As the light of God's gospel and evangels was extinguished, the Dark Ages developed to curse the world with spiritual darkness for almost a millennium. During these black centuries New Testament revivalism, mostly because of persecution from the false church, mainly went underground. In the early years of the sixteenth century the great Protestant Reformation erupted as a result of the leadership of Martin Luther. Luther was influenced by Wycliff and Knox who had attempted to overthrow the religious order of the day in England. The flame of revivalism was once more kindled with this spiritual movement. The three characteristics of revivalism found in the Early Church, however, were to be restored in stages, and these spaced years apart.

The Lutheran Reformation restored the theological basis of scriptural revivalism. Martin Luther, like most medieval men, had sought solutions to his personal problems by resorting to the rites and ceremonies of the church. Despite intense efforts on his part, Luther found no peace or satisfaction. On the advice of a counselor, he made a study of the Scriptures in a desperate effort to find tranquility for his troubled soul. From this Biblical investigation was born the conviction that man would only be justified by faith in Christ's finished work. Thus Luther returned to the doctrinal basis of New Testament evangelism.

Some two centuries after the beginning of the Reformation the second stage of modern revivalism began to unfold. The Evangelical Movement was born in the burden and ministry of the Wesley brothers and Whitefield. These evangels were not satisfied just to believe that salvation was realized only through faith in Jesus Christ. They felt a spiritual compulsion to share the tremendous truth with the rest of the world. These men and their colleagues were soon evangelizing throughout Great Britain, Europe, and North America. Where established church facilities were available, they were used. When such doors were not accessible or open, all types of innovations were introduced to implement the proclamation of the gospel. Open-air services were often conducted when better facilities were unavailable. Evangelical enthusiasm became such a motivating force in this movement that soon the scope became worldwide. The Modern Missionary Movement was a natural development of the Evangelical Movement, Beginning with William Carey in the last decade of the eighteenth century, soon missionary societies were being established that would send men and women to the ends of the earth to proclaim salvation through Jesus Christ."

The third state of modern revivalism was to begin at the turn of the twentieth century with the forming of the Modern Pentecostal Movement. This body of believers embraced the basic theological tenet that salvation could be realized only through faith in Jesus Christ. It also held that this salvation was available to all mankind and that the Church had the responsibility of proclaiming this message of hope to men everywhere. In this regard the Pentecostals had built upon the experiences of the Reformation and Evangelical Movements. They did not stop here, however, but progressed one step further. Realizing the importance and urgency of their evangelical mission, the Pentecostals returned to the New Testament enduement experience, the baptism in the Holy Spirit, to receive spiritual power as enablement to achieve their goals. Like their New Testament counterparts, they received "power after that the Holy Ghost" came upon them and went everywhere preaching the gospel of Christ." This restoration of New Testament revivalism has made a significant mark on Christendom. Pentecostal bodies have been among the fastest growing church groups for several decades. Missionary corps, sponsored by these churches, also are spearheading programs in foreign areas which are producing large indigenous churches around the world. This is an exciting development! By it the world is being prepared for the return of the Christ. "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then the end shall come" (Matthew 24 :14)

As well as the foundation of the early church, The Potters House Church has learned from the successes and mistakes of other fellowships. The History of the Pentecostal Church shows us examples to be followed and avoided. As the Rapture draws near, there is increasing deception in the church world. Many Pentecostal churches have joined with the Charismatic movement and opted for extra biblical revelations and manifestations. Many Pentecostal denominations are rife with false prophets and deceivers. The Potters House as a young fellowship looks at the fruit of movements such as the Assemblies of God, Church of Christ, Foursquare International, etc, and evaluates what is biblical practice and what is flesh or satanic. It magnifies and practices the biblical, and avoids and teaches against the bad. Many things such as church structure, operation of gifts, world evangelism, etc, are not novel ideas, but have been the practice of Pentecostal denominations for almost 100 years. It is always easier to follow a pattern set by someone else. Over the years, Wayman Mitchell as the head of the Potters House church has patterned the Church on biblical standards, and also the fruitful practices of other Churches. For example; having a look at the Charismatic church will show you where not to go with the gifts, likewise with a Baptist church, but an AOG might have a biblical pattern in some areas. The Balance is always the Word. Therefore, the Potters House has a pattern which is based on the early church, and has similarities to segments of other Pentecostal Churches.

Wayman Mitchell has been a Pentecostal preacher for nearly five decades and has seen many different churches and denominations come and go. He has been blessed with the gift of discernment. Many people who attend the Potters House from other denominations will say things like, "this is like an AOG church was 20 years ago", or "our foursquare church used to street preach like you guys do". The Church often promotes various Christians authors, or preachers. John Bevere has many great revelations from God, although a Charismatic. We glean what is good and spit the bones. Ray comfort has excellent tactics in evangelism, tithing and giving with Robert Morris, false manifestations with Joseph Chambers, Bill Randles, leadership by John Maxwell, etc. So as you can see the Potters House is a Church that is interested in maintaining biblical standards. Because the Prescott Church has been so successful over the past 35 years, other "baby" churches have copied the pattern of that assembly and have had similar success. Therefore the Church has basic structures "rules" and patterns that ensure others against unfruitfulness. Much like the "rules" in the early church, Acts 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well, so does the Potters House have standards for ministers and leaders, such as not owning a TV or video, having internet p**n blockers on their computers, praying in the church for one hour every morning, and one hour before church, Tithing to the "Mother" church (the church that planted them out) and having accountability to that church for all financial records and accounts, to associate with and help other Potters House Churches by doing revivals and impact teams. These are a few "rules' standards, whatever you call them, and have proved to be a good measuring stick. Most churches that have gone awal have dropped one or more of these standards. This is a clear indication that if the standards or not met there could be a door for Satan to walk through. A minister who watches filth on TV cannot preach messages about holiness to the congregation. A minister who is not accountable in finances could be dishonest in his dealings. Some call this legalism, I call it common sense. The Church is a fellowship of exampleship. Wayman Mitchell is a great example and is solid in his commitments and devotions to Christ. The pattern learned from Pr Mitchell is then passed down to others or as Paul said:

1Co 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 1Th 1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
2 Thess 3:7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
2 Thess 3:8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
2 Thess 3:9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
2Ti 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
2 Ti 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2Ti 3:10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
2Ti 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; Php 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Tit 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
1Pe 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
Heb 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Heb 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
Jo 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

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InTheShadows
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Posted - 15 Oct 2006 :  08:19:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Doesn't Pastor Mitchell watch tv? Why else does he think that women newscasters are babes! lol!

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InTheShadows
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Posted - 15 Oct 2006 :  08:23:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Acts 15:28 Seems you have set more requirements than the Holy Spirit deems necessary.

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nick
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Posted - 15 Oct 2006 :  14:40:56  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
TV is inescapable. It is everywhere. I don't own one but many of my unsaved friends do. This standard is rather good. Although a ministry standard, I haven't had a Telly for 11 years, in that time I have read books and grown in bible reading. I used to waste hour watching the idiot box, but now have more time for other godly pursuits. The bible says to not to look upon evil. A great Christian film called the Timechanger demonstrates this. (A must see). The guy travels forward through time about 120 years and is appauled in moder chrisitanity watching murer, rape, sin, lust, evil, wickedness, blasphemy, etc.

I challenge you to watch all the usual programmes and take a pen and pad a write down every time someone swears, or sins, or uses Jesus as a swear word, or shows nudity etc. You will be astonished! I see glimpses of it at friends houses and am amazed at how wicked it is with "Big Brother" scenes on adds, Paris Hilton strutting her whoredom all over the place, the language is appauling. Most just let the kids sit there and watch this stuff. It is rather amazing.

Nick.

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InTheShadows
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Posted - 16 Oct 2006 :  00:40:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have that movie Timechanger in my library. It's a good one. That's why I don't watch tv. The commercials are getting worse for sure. I have a few friends that live in Europe and they say it more open on their tv's. I'll preview things before my family watches and I definitly look at the rating on the back of the cover before considering the movie. You can put video games up there too as something to watch out for. I've made my son take back more than one game he's played :)

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nick
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Posted - 16 Oct 2006 :  23:22:06  Show Profile  Email Poster  Reply with Quote
Yeah some games are real bad, grand theft auto is one of them. I saw some kids from church playing a game called Mafia and I was shocked, and that was about 2 years back.

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InTheShadows
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Posted - 17 Oct 2006 :  09:26:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've never seen Mafia but have heard that grand theft auto was bad. My son who is more into playing console games likes rpg's and fighting. Hopefully the things that I do, they will carry some of it with them as they leave home and start their own lives.

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