With just a few days to go until Urban Renewal, registrations and faith expectations are climbing. It's so important to realize we are just a part of what God is doing, but also a part of the fulfillment of what God has been saying for many years. I thought I'd give a a bit of history on a gathering which seeks a convergence of Word and Spirit for the Gospel's sake.
Smith Wigglesworth, the simple Welsh plumber known as 'the apostle of faith,' prophesied the following before he died in 1947.
"During the next few decades there will be two distinct moves of the Holy Spirit across the church in Great Britain. The first move will affect every church that is open to receive it, and will be characterized by a restoration of the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The second move of the Holy Spirit will result in people leaving historic churches and planting new churches.
In the duration of each of these moves, the people who are involved will say, 'This is a great revival.' But the Lord says, 'No, neither is this the great revival but both are steps towards it.'
When the new church phase is on the wane, there will be evidence in the churches of something that has not been seen before: a coming together of those with an emphasis on the word and those with an emphasis on the Spirit. When the word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest move of the Holy Spirit that the nation, and indeed, the world has ever seen. It will mark the beginning of a revival that will eclipse anything that has been witnessed within these shores, even the Wesleyan and Welsh revivals of former years. The outpouring of God’s Spirit will flow over from the United Kingdom to mainland Europe, and from there, will begin a missionary move to the ends of the earth."
Our hope as a leadership team at Southlands, is that Urban Renewal would be a 'pebble in the pond' of this 'Word and Spirit' movement which spread outwards for the Gospel's sake to the glory of God.
See you Thursday! Register at www.southlands.net