For some years small groups of young people have been discussing the possibility of planting a church to reach their unchurched & de-churched friends in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The last months have been spent in prayer and planning. Last Saturday they went public for the first time – and yesterday, it was announced: “Our new church is re:vive!” Later when I asked where they got the name from, they said that they had been discussing, praying & sharing ideas – and this represented what they were about. They didn’t know they had a namesake in England!
About 45 people, mostly young adults, met yesterday at 4 pm. They were challenged – “If people don’t know God, it is hard to make the connection that they will be with God for eternity!” In a direct gospel presentation, Russ (one of the core team) invited all present to follow Jesus: “It’s simple. God has made a deal that is mind-numbingly easy to say ‘Yes’ to! Jesus died for our sins and if we follow Him we have eternity with God!” Russ went on to say, "I want me friends to know Jesus. We are here to share Jesus!"
Re:vive is an environment of support & friendship – where people can be real, involved and know Jesus through prayer, faith & patient growth.
Re:vive is a place of prayer. A week ago I spent just over 2 hours with the core team – and that time was spent in prayer. A room at their meeting place has been dedicated as a prayer room – and each time they meet for worship, an open invitation is given for people to receive prayer and the annointing of the Holy Spirit.
Re:vive will multiply. The core team members are convinced that they are part of a movement – that the Holy Spirit wants young people who have simply been sitting on the edge of churches to take the challenge to plant many new places of faith and sharing across Melbourne.