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Revival comes the hard way, not the easy way

Ralph Sutera was a young leader when the revival in Saskatchewan broke out in the early 1970’s.  Since then he’s had a ministry of bringing the revival to churches and regions.  I first ran into Ralph when I was a 20 year old student at Briercrest Bible College and found him a little quirky – he and his twin were quite full of joy!  Since that time I have grown to see the wisdom of his words both in my personal life but also in the life of the church.

This article explains that the revival we long for comes from working backwards to the way we’d like it to work.  Revival starts with me and ends with others receiving salvation.  In other words, evangelism is not meant to be work, it’s meant to be the overflow of a life ruined by Jesus.  Here’s how Ralph puts it.

Objectives of a Revival Ministry
by Ralph Sutera
“to the inner life of the local church”

I. OPERATION CLEANSING: “INWARD” direction of revival

This is the time of heart-searching and brokenness before God as people deal with sin and self-centeredness to be filled with the fullness of God.

2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 32, 51; Proverbs 6:10-20, 28:13; 1 John 1.9

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