ANDREW STROM writes: I have just been reading a wonderful little book about a Revival that occurred in Papua New Guinea during the late 1970's and on into the 1980's. Really, this Revival was based around all the things we have been discussing lately - the wonderful SIMPLICITY of New Testament Christianity. -They learnt to do everything just as they saw it written in Acts. It all started when some missionaries and nurses at a mission hospital repented deeply and were filled with the Holy Spirit. This movement soon spread outside the hospital and God challenged them to start living 'church life' as they saw it in the Bible. When somebody repented, instead of waiting for WEEKS or MONTHS afterward, they were baptized in the river STRAIGHT AWAY and prayed-for to receive the Holy Spirit. Healings started to occur. Demons were being cast out. They were led to cut down on 'sermons' and allow the members of the body to minister to one another in their meetings. The spiritual gifts began to flow amongst ALL believers, just like in the Bible. "Ordinary" Christians were encouraged to take communion in their homes and to baptize people. The whole thing simply exploded and spread from village to village! In a way it was a Revival "of the people". -The 'everyday' believer being empowered to do the work of the kingdom. And all they were doing were the 'SIMPLE' things. -Just getting filled with the Holy Spirit and having 'koinonia'-type fellowship and doing the basic things found in the New Testament. Suddenly the Holy Spirit could flow. Several emails from readers about this concept are below: ***************************************** From: Rick Roman <wonderlakebicycle@...> "How Should We Come Together as a Church?" -by Rick Roman. The way we assemble in church today is not the way the Bible teaches to assemble. Church should be a supernatural happening with God. We should have a divine encounter with The Holy Spirit. Much of the structure we have today stops the Lord from moving through His people. We are to be building a habitation for the Lord. 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 is a picture of how we are to come together. The New American Standard Version says: "What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification." (v 26). New Living Translation says: "Well, my brothers and sisters, let's summarize what I am saying. When you meet, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in an unknown language, while another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must be useful to all and build them up in the Lord." This does not sound like a pastor getting up and giving his 5 point message. No, its sounds like a body ministry to me. The Holy Spirit coming forth from every member, from every part of the body. Jesus is the head of the church. *********************** From: "Wendy Wilcox" <wwilcox@...> Our home fellowship is very small, just five adults and one child on a consistent basis, but the Lord has given us something very special: each of us would do anything to meet the needs of the others. We are deeply involved in each other's lives, both in prayer and in practical things. When one of us rejoices, we all rejoice, and if one of us struggles, we all struggle with him or her. We see each other as I understand Christians should see their brothers and sisters in the Lord--none of us is perfect, but all of us make room for each other's gifts and weaknesses. We all want the same thing: for the Lord to TRULY have His way in our lives. No games, and to borrow from Keith Green, no compromise. As often as is practical we eat together before we meet together, and everyone knows that our home and our table is always open to each of them and any guests they may want to bring, without notice, if they're hungry or need a place to stay. This is what I understand "normal" Christianity - the Christianity of the Bible - to be. It isn't rocket science, it's right there in the Book for everyone to read. Why do we insist on making it so difficult? Can we really call ourselves His children if we won't allow ourselves to be inconvenienced for each other? Was Jesus inconvenienced, just a little bit, for us? ************************* From: "John England" <johnengland1@...> I think you really hit on something else of tremendous importance, too, in regards to fellowship in the Body of Christ. I have been hungering for true body fellowship for a long time, and it doesn't seem to hardly even exist in the church anymore. And our brothers and sisters, never having experienced it, don't know what they are missing! I truly believe that we will have that glorious fellowship again when we repent of our worldly mindedness and determine to obey the Lord's commandment to (agape) love one another so much that we will begin again to gather in houses for daily communion, pot luck meals and fellowship, followed by Holy Spirit led times of body ministry and gifts as described in 1 Corinthians 14. Can anyone deny that this is the biblical pattern that was given to us, or try to say that things are fine the way they are in the church, with no power, no true fellowship in the Biblical sense, and our love of one another waxed so cold that we only want to see each other once a week, if that often, and don't really want anyone to even know where we live? If we will only do this - begin to come together daily in this manner, will we not begin again to see the power, the miracles, the healings, the maturing of the saints unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, the oneness that Jesus prayed for? And the love for one another that proves that we are His disciples? John 13:34-35: "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."