The Harvest

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Up to this point in our study, we have used interchangeably the terms “revival” and “harvest.”  In some places, the two have been presented at the same time.  We will continue to use them thus.  This treatise does not concern itself with proving that these two terms are not synonymous.  It can rightly be argued that revival is for something that is dying or dead, and that harvest more accurately depicts the gathering of the mature crop.  But these two are so intimately entwined in the Church environment that they can surely be considered together.  Second to that is the fact that the word “revival” has been used for so long to describe not only the stirring up of the Church membership, but also in describing the result of such stirring: more growth.  The growth therefore that we seek is not just qualitative or quantitative, but both of these working together in perfect harmony.  Matured saints are the ones that will give their all to help others toward spiritual perfection.  And as that is reached, growth of numbers is certain to follow. 

The New Testament Church is certainly a “revivalist” Church.  The Bible is full of exhortations to strive for spiritual mastery and fulfillment, while at the same time replete with warnings concerning potential false doctrines and compromise.  The ministry of the Church has always been and will continue to be two-fold: evangelism and edification.  These two march together in perfect harmony.  A built up assembly is one that becomes evangelistic.  And an evangelistic church is one that will follow up by edifying the new converts to become evangelists as well.  It is an ongoing cycle that cannot be ignored.  The intent of following the six principles in this study will be to ensure that the cycle is presently operating within our respective domains of church labor.  For example, the first of the six principles is that of Vision, while the sixth is called A Growing Organizational Structure.  These two seem to be at opposite poles in many ways: one is purely spiritual, the other almost mundane.  Yet one cannot be truly complete without the other.  To launch a vision before the Church, but give no boundaries or limits of authority and control for it is to court disaster.  As we will see in the study, we must certainly seek for great revival (harvest) and we must carefully contain it within godly parameters.

About Jim Poitras

Enlisiting, educating, equipping, empowering, and encouraging members, ministers, and missionaries in apostolic global missions. Director of Education/AIM