Revival in Saskatoon

Revival in Saskatoon

This is a very interesting site. It is a city directory as well as church directory with upcoming Christian events. What really caught my eye was the Prophecy, Revival in Saskatoon, and History of Saskatoon. This is what they say about themselves.

We may have listings to thousands of businesses, organizations, people and churches but our real purpose is to on encourage love, unity and revival in the Saskatoon Christian community.

I am probably more post-charismatic than charismatic in my approach to things so I look at the whole prophetic movement with a bit of suspicion. I certainly have issues with the “word-faith” and “prosperity gospel” elements in the charismatic movement as well as the hype. I’ve been hearing about revival in Saskatoon since I started going to church 17 years ago. I think a lot of us got tired of the hype and started questioning the pursuit of revival. It isn’t that I think a revival is a bad idea, it is just that revival seemed to become an idol. We sought the idea of revival more than Jesus. Privately I started wondering if we have chosen to pray for some big outpouring behind the safe comfy walls of the church because we are afraid to go out their and face reality. If prayer is the artillery to soften up the enemy positions sometime somewhere someone has to go in and take the land.

Now that I’ve said all that I think that in my life the pendulum has swung too far away from a reliance on the power of God. In my mind I’ve discredited things that were genuinely of God. I’ve been too cautious. If there is a revival in Saskatoon I imagine it would look a lot different from what people are expecting. There is too much complacency. Too much thinking that renewal is something that has to happen to other people and not me. I don’t think God will entrust his power to those people who would use it to promote themselves. Those who seek to participate in such thing will have to be content with being nameless and be prepared to let go of some preconceived notions of how everything is supposed to go down.

  1. #1 by Nathan on March 25, 2006 - 9:56 pm

    “Those who seek to participate in such thing will have to be content with being nameless and be prepared to let go of some preconceived notions of how everything is supposed to go down.”


  2. #2 by Mark Wicks on March 25, 2006 - 10:21 pm

    Greetings Leighton:

    Thanks for taking time to peruse my site. I must say that I agree with you on several points. Here in Saskatoon I have personally seen too much hype myself. I have been attemping to encourage people to get out from behind church walls and into the streets and neighbourhoods. This is where the people who need God live. I have begun a door-to-door campaign in my own neighbourhood here because it is evidient that the unsaved are not peeking thier heads into the doors of the church in search of answers.

    Revival is not thousands of people filling up church buildings, it is about the individual christian coming back to the life and first love of God in their own heart. These “movements” are the result of such revival and not revival itself.

    I keep the history and origins of Saskatoon and the purpose of its founding on the site as a reminder of what we keep saying we want to see in our city again. That is, to see the lost coming to Christ through the mobilization of christians who understand that the first and foremost commission we have is to go and preach the gospel.

    Healing, prosperity and giftings are all well and good. The “signs and wonders” to the non-beleiver do have an impact, but what is truly important? I would rather go to heaven without an arm or some other part than to be 100% healthy and thrown into hell for all eternity.

    I’ve seen God show up amazingly at different times and in different places in this city since I have lived here. What puzzles me is how, after experiencing God in such great ways, most people are more intersted in waiting around to get blessed some more than they are to go out and share the gifts they have been given.

    If we ever expect see “revival” it starts wih us not with the other guy.

    Yours in Christ

    Mark Wicks

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