George Barna has been persuaded by his own research to be a spiritual revolutionary! He sees that all are in a spiritual battle and that God will use “a remnant sold out to Him” to bring about radical spiritual transformation. Many have been reading George Barna’s research and books for years. But there is something different about his latest book, Revolution. This is more than research. Barna has changed the direction of his life – personally committing to being a spiritual revolutionary. I was interested in meeting him – to hear him explain why. He shared these 9 insights:
1. UNIQUE VISION: God has a unique vision for all – and Barna believes he is personally called to be a catalyst for moral and spiritual transformation. 2. PROFESSIONAL FRUSTRATION: Research indicates that little transformation takes place in most conventional churches – but it is taking place in other venues and relationships. 3. PERSONAL DESPERATION: Having experienced God among spiritual revolutionaries Barna couldn’t continue in local churches where most do not connect with God. 4. SPIRITUAL INTIMACY: We will not be able to excuse our lack of spiritual development by blaming the local church – we need to make choices and find environments for growth. 5. PRACTICAL FRUSTRATION: Local churches rarely use the spiritual giftedness (perhaps especially the leadership gifts) of believers – and spiritual revolutionaries choose to address that! 6. DIFFERENT MODELS: Those who have the gift of understanding the times in which we live (1 Chron 12:32) recognize that there needs to be different models and expressions of local church. 7. JESUS IS THE HOPE OF THE WORLD: God wants us to be part of a community of faith, but gives us freedom in how we connect with each other and Him. Our hope is not in institutions. 8. WE ARE TO INFLUENCE OTHERS FOR HIM: With local churches having so little influence in their communities for God, Barna is now looking for where God’s called out people are making an impact. 9. FAMILY RESPONSIBILITY: Local churches may be loads of fun for kids, but parents have the privilege and responsibility of leading their children to Jesus. They must choose the best resources.
What do you think? In what way would you radically change the direction of your life on the basis of these insights? ?