I am pleased to be a part of an upcoming meeting on spiritual awakening to be held in Chicago on June 7-8. This gathering is hosted by the National Revival Network, a group I have been a part of from its origin over ten years ago. This meeting is designed for leaders with a serious and thoughtful interest in true revival. Note that there are speakers at this event but this is a conversation. The size of the crowd will not be large thus each of us will be given an opportunity to contribute. This is not a typical conference event at all. I believe a few readers of this blog should attend. You decide and interact with me at your convenience.

The Church Alive to the Glory of Christ

Moody Church, Chicago – June 7-8, 2011

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which he brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1

Conversation 1

Tuesday, June 7, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened…”

Introductions

Erwin Lutzer – Welcome / Why we are here and where are we headed

Dale Schlafer – National Revival Network: Who are we? 

Discovering who has come to join “the conversation”

Worship and prayers

Jesus Christ: His Centrality and Supremacy in Revival

“He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, for above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet…”

David Bryant – A Consequential Christology is the Hallmark of Revival

The Conversation

Worship and prayers

Break for lunch 

Conversation 2

Tuesday, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Jesus Christ: His Call for Unity in Revival

“…and gave Him as head over all things to the church,  which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. ”

John Armstrong – Christ’s Call for Evangelical Ecumenism in Revival

The Conversation

Dale Schlafer – Practicing Evangelical Ecumenism for Revival: A Case Study

The Conversation

Bob Bakke – Concerted Prayer: A Key Unifying Factor in Revival

The Conversation

Worship and Prayers

Break for dinner

Conversation 3

Tuesday 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Jesus Christ: Manifested in Revival by Word and Spirit

“…so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ…” 

Erwin Lutzer – Proclaiming the True Gospel in Revival

The Conversation

Brad Bush – Recovering the Power of His Promise for Revival

The Conversation

Everybody – Free-flowing conversation concerning anything explored today

 

Worship and prayers

 

Break for evening

Conversation 4

Wednesday, June 8, 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon

Jesus Christ: His Passion for Purity in Revival

“…what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.’

Worship and Prayers

Everybody – Open conversation on any facet of corporate revival

Byron Paulus – His Character Our Focus for Personal Purity in Revival

The Conversation

Del Fehsenfeld – His Healing Brings Our Wholeness in Revival

The Conversation

Worship and Prayers

Break for lunch

Conversation 5

Wednesday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Jesus Christ: God’s Eternal Purposes in Him and Revival

“…not only in this age but in the age to come.”

David Bryant – Revival as an Approximation of the Consummation

The Conversation

Concluding season of Worship and Prayers

Wrap up: Preview of Chicagoland Conversation on Revival, October 18, 2011

Dismiss at 5 PM

Important Information if You Would Like to Participate

  • If you fly into O'Hare, there are airport trains that shuttle you almost to the Moody Church doorstep for under $3.  Or to the Retreat Center (if you come in the evening of the 6th)
  • Everyone is invited to make reservations at the Cenacle Retreat Center, within walking distance of The Moody Church, where a single room plus full breakfast runs about $70 a night. (See http://www.cenaclesisters.org/chicago-retreat-conference-center).   You will probably need to reserve the nights of June 6 (we start at 9 AM on the 7th) and June 7. But we dismiss at 5 PM on the 7th, allowing everyone to leave that evening.
  • Moody Church and its senior pastor Erwin Lutzer (a member of the NRN) are terrific hosts, so you will be refreshed by the venue itself, as well as all that unfolds during our gathering.
  • There is no charge for you to join in the National Conversation on Revival. But a free will offering will be taken to help cover expenses, as each is able to give.
  • Your next step?  Pray about this unique opportunity and  RSVP me as soon as you can, one way or the other. You can respond to me via the comments on this post and I will not publish your response.