Summary: The seven passions of a Revolutionary are defined for us in the book of Acts. These Scriptures are important to us because they describe the very nature of the life of the early church as it began to form immediately after Jesus returned to heaven.
Are you a Revolutionary?
Are you transforming your entire life to emulate that of Jesus Christ’s?
Are you transforming your entire perspective to emulate that of Jesus Christ’s?
Your spiritual practices?
God wants to do a sudden, radical, and complete change in each of us. He wants us to be like Christ.
Is that possible? Without God nothing is possible, but with God all things are possible.
In this series we have been looking at the different definitions of Revolution.
The movement of a body in an orbit or circle.
The overthrow of a government or social system, with another taking its place.
A complete or radical change of any kind.
Revolutionaries have been with us throughout history.
Noah built an ark and put animals on it.
Abraham pulled up his roots and followed God.
Joseph said no to sexual temptation.
Moses led the people out of slavery.
Isaiah preached naked in Isaiah 20:1-6.
John the Baptist preached of repentance and ate locust and honey.
Jesus was the transforming agent sent to the earth by God.
The Disciples of Christ turned the world upside down and inside out after Jesus ascended to heaven.
The Apostle Paul ruffled the feathers of the Pharisees because he was completely and radically changed by a personal encounter with Christ.
History records the great Revolutionaries of the church, people like George Whitefield, John Wesley, and Martin Luther.
Then you have the Revolutionaries of the 1900’s. People like Charles Parham and William Seymore who were instrumental in the Pentecostal movement in the early 1900’s.
Kathryn Kuhlman, Billy Graham, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson were the Revolutionaries in the 1930’s through the 1980’s.
And then you have the modern day Revolutionaries. People like John Arnott, Steve Hill, Tommy Barnett, John Maxwell, and George Barna.
And we cannot forget the Revolutionaries in our own church movement, President Jeff Farmer, Superintendent Ken Groen. Pastors like Brett Black who is opening churches for Gen X and Gen Y.
Others are Joel & Linda Budd in Tulsa Oklahoma, Jim Brewer in the Des Moines area, Les Funderburg in Rock Falls, Illinois who has a professional go-cart track on the church grounds, Michael Craft who changed the name of his church to Desperation Church.
Ted Gillum who has opened a coffee shop outreach center.
I identified Pastor Groen as a Revolutionary the other day as we were talking on the phone and he was so excited to be identified as such. Pastor Groen has identified all of these other people in our own church movement as agents of change.
And then Pastor Ken identified me as a Revolutionary stating I was someone who is teaching on change and opening up new ideas to a congregation that is hungry for the things of God. A person who is growing his hair out to prove the fact that transformation is important and needed. He reminded me that I will do whatever it takes to get the Good News to the people.
All of these are people who persist in thinking outside the box and have endured the scoffs and abuse of the spiritual faction within the church.