Living with a God who moves

In sports there’s an axiom that says “Dance with the one who brung ya.” It’s often spouted by coaches, having just won a championship, who are justifying why they continued to play their star player who seemed to be having a bad start in the championship game. The idea is that when you understand the basis of your success, don’t screw it up by messing around with the formula…even if the formula doesn’t seem to be working.

In this teaching by Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, CA, the idea of how a move of God was sustained in the early church is put forth. The premise is that the move of God that lasted a generation had a foundation. The foundation was Acts 2:42.

(The title given by Bethel to this teaching is “Continuous Revival”. But, because of the way “revival” is used in many different contexts – its current “semantic cloud” if you will, I admit that I’m not a fan of the word right now. I find that it “mis-communicates” more often than really conveying its fullest/highest definition. )

Teaching – mp3 – 22Mb

Got Bethel?

I’m about to start posting several audio teachings from Bethel Church in Redding, California, but I’m putting this post up first. Why? Well, it says on their site that the sermons downloaded from their Sermon of the Week site are free to copy provided you give the proper attribution. I’ve written once asked them about posting a message on my site, but never got a response. So, based on the “right to copy” statement on their site, I’m going to start posting several of their messages, BUT, should they come and ask me to remove them, I will. If so, I want to make sure that this post remains to let as many people as possible know about this incredible well of rich Kingdom resources that is bubbling over in Redding, CA and how you can taste a whole lot of it directly yourselves.

I’ve been impacted by various teachers during my life but there are certainly places and ministries where God has made extraordinary deposits of His Blessing and Spirit (though I happen to believe that God is waiting with joyful anticipation for every spot on the earth to cry out for and search for and experience the same “open heaven” blessing that, up till now, seems the exception more than the rule). Mike Bickle and the International House of Prayer in Kansas City was probably the first to have made a significant impact on me with his 3 20-part series of audio teachings on The Life of David, the Song of Solomon and the Bride of Christ. Rick Joyner and Morningstar Ministries in Fort Mill, South Carolina has marked me with various books and their worship anointing. The Vineyard and Hillsong movements have obviously been hugely impacting in the realm of worship. Arthur Burk and The Sapphire Leadership Group (formerly Plumbline Ministries) with their Motivational Gifts teachings and other great insights have fed me as well. In the last 2 years or so, however, the bulk of my “deep drinking” has clearly come from Bethel Church in Redding.

On their site, they have 2 methods of obtaining regular free content:

I strongly encourage you to sign up for both of these (free) and let down your bucket into the well!