RBDNA March 2015 Training Center Updates

February was another great month for RBDNA!

Fayetteville, AR House ChurchPastor Greg Downs of Fayetteville, AR shares that their initial House Church is progressing very successfully with a consistent attendance of eight students! This group is being led by one of the recent new converts of the church! RBD is working!

New Life Tabernacle of Arab, AL is working through Course 1B, as well as being heavily involved in evangelism, as they work toward their upcoming Holy Ghost Rally. They are currently holding a Bible Study Blitz and it is paying dividends since they had three baptized and four receive the Holy Ghost in February!

Pastor Greg Davis of DeKalb, IL reports that their initial team is nearing graduation from Course 2, as their second cycle students are in Course 1B. They are planning to start at least four House Churches in the upcoming weeks. The church has recently concluded 10,000 minutes of prayer!. All of this has resulted in the church experiencing 19 consecutive months of growth! REVIVAL is happening in DeKalb!

Our recently-launched Training Center in Montgomery, AL has begun Course 1A training with their initial team. They are working toward an evangelism period in July and August with a Holy Ghost Rally tentatively planned for late August.

Sickness and extreme weather complicated efforts in Conway, AR during February. Pastor Bryan Shock shares that in spite of the circumstances, their three House Churches had a cumulative average of 21 students in attendance. In addition to this, they have several getting ready to move into Course 1B training and also have a recently graduated House Church couple preparing to launch their own House Church! They also report that one received the infilling of the Holy Ghost this past month.

Last, but certainly not least, is the report from Turning Point Apostolic in Ellettsville, IN. This church recently launched their first group into Course 3 training! They followed up the wonderful report of January with three baptisms and two receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost! This is leading up to the planned launch of a new round of House Churches in the weeks to come.

On a personal note for February, we were honored to be a part of the initial training and launch of two new RBDNA Training Centers. In early February, we were with Pastor Doug Ellingsworth and the wonderful church family of Finley UPC in Finley, TN. We ended the month with Pastor James Gregory and the team from Christ Apostolic Sanctuary in Desoto, MO. The latter meeting was held during a Winter Storm Warning that dumped eight inches of new snow. Following the conclusion of our seminar, Pastor Gregory slipped on the snow-slickened pavement, resulting in a fracture to his arm. While in the ER however, he did secure a new Bible Study with one of the health care workers attending to him. RBD causes you to always look for an open door!

Yours for the cause of pursuing HIS will! REVIVAL will not happen by accident…it WILL come by DESIGN…

We Don’t DO The Church Thing…

This post is written by our curriculum editor Nannette Elkins, wife of Douglas Elkins, our North America Regional Coordinator.  Nannette also spent a year in Latvia helping launch Revival by Design. You can get acquainted with her writings at her blog Hope in the Healing and also at Internet Cafe Devotions where she is a monthly contributor.

It was one of those conversations that you could have any day of the week.

You could be in the grocery store, doctor’s office, on the playground, it doesn’t really matter. You’ve just met a stranger, easy to talk to, you start with small talk about your families.

I had one of those. It was life-changing.

She was a sweetheart. A mother of two, she worked five days a week, came home, cooked dinner and helped with homework. Then spent the rest of the evening doing the usual chores; baths, packing lunches, laundry, normal things we all do, day in, day out.

She talked about how blessed her children were to have such a wonderful school to attend. They still said the Pledge of Allegiance…she stressed the real Pledge of Allegiance with under God! They were even still allowed to attend a weekly, church-sanctioned, afternoon Bible class! Yes, this is a public school. She went on and on about how safe they felt there, how her parents lived just up the road, life just couldn’t be much better.

Then I guess I backed her in a corner, without meaning to, when I said something about church. With everything she had just described about her life I just assumed she attended.

She said, “Oh, we have Bibles in our house, but we don’t do the church thing.”

Church-Thing

And before I had a chance to say anything she stumbled, mumbled and said, “Well, we are just busy on the weekends and all…” and with that she found an excuse to make a quick exit.

Now, before you fill my comment box up with “We don’t have to go to church to feel God…”, you are correct, we sure don’t. I will get to that in a moment. Bear with me here, I was actually more saddened by the “We have Bibles IN our house….” because I could tell by the way she said it that those Bibles probably didn’t get read any more than the children were getting taken to Sunday School.

It was wonderful that she was so happy her children were in a good school that paid honor to God, and in a good community that still allowed God in the schools, a rarity in our country! But for all of her commendations to her school and her community, she had left the King of Kings out of her home. The Bibles are there but they aren’t being used.

That may be true of many church-going Christians and that is a dangerous place to be. The Word truly is a “lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path”. Without it we stumble and fall and blindly lose our way.

I may be taking a few liberties here since I do not personally know this stranger but “We don’t do the church thing” is speaking a mouthful to me. Has she been hurt somewhere before? Disillusioned? Lost her faith along the way? Can’t bring herself to trust in leadership?

Or is it laziness? The American “sleep-in-on-Sunday” culture, or the attitude that says, “I’ll do it my way.”

Because, my friend, we need the Body of Christ, we need the community and the unity that comes from the assembling of ourselves together. (Hebrews 10:25)

We must hear the preaching of the Word of God! “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”

And in answer to those that have been hurt, abused, lied to, and misled in a church house somewhere on this planet, as a former pastor’s wife, my sincerest apologies. That should never be in the House of God. But Jesus did not do it. People did.

People are just people and unfortunately they are still people in the church too. You will find the complainers, the naysayers, the gossipers, backbiters, liars, chew-you-up-and-spit-you-out-haters. I’ve seen them all and still had to hug their neck the next Sunday! And let us not forget the good ole hypocrites. Yes, they are there too. Where else would they be but in church?!

It would be a terrible shame to let people keep you from coming  face to face with Jesus of Nazareth.

Don’t let a few busybodies keep you from your worship of the King.

(If you are one that has offended people, hurt them, caused them to leave the church, there is no excuse for this type of behavior in the church. God is not pleased.)

There are plenty of great churches that preach Truth. Go find one!

It’s worth it to be able to stand up in service with tears streaming down your face, hands raised in worship and actually feel the presence of Almighty God as you offer Him praise, just because He is worthy!

My friend, one day we will all stand before Him. It does not matter who you are, or your social status.

You will be there.

You won’t be late. We will all be there.

We will call Him Lord then, we will all call Him by Name.

For some, He will return the favor.

Others He will say, “Depart from me, I never knew you…”

I wonder if they will be the ones that had Bibles in their homes but didn’t DO the CHURCH THING?

 

God Is Moving…RBD Is Growing!

The first portion of this report comes from Pastor Sam Dougherty of Apostolic Worship Center in Catoosa, Oklahoma.

In the last few years we began to get concerned that we were winning too few people to God, and that we really had no good plan.  Our contact list was empty.  We were not teaching HBS.  Our plan was simply to have good church, but we were not winning enough people, and we certainly were not keeping enough of them.

Catoosa 2013 New ConvertsThen we signed up with RBD, who seemed to have a good plan.  In 2012 we had 45 new converts, and managed to keep 20 of them.  These people went thru the HBS, then the new convert course, then RBD 1A, and 1B.  Now they are bringing new people left and right.

In 2013, we had nine new converts in March and April.  Then we scheduled a Holy Ghost Rally on June 1. Missionary Charles Robinette (Austria) was the featured speaker. In the firstCatoosa Holy Ghost Rally - Missionary Charles Robinette 7 service we had four people receive the Holy Ghost.  They were a man and wife in their 70’s, a young woman approximately 20, and another middle aged woman. Two of these were baptized.  The others will be baptized, as soon as we give them a Bible study lesson about baptism.  We are of course enrolling them in New Convert courses.

In the second service there were three more that received the Holy Ghost, and one backslider prayed through. The total for 2013 is now 16 new converts, and we are expecting many more.

We are finding out that the 2012 new converts are bringing more people to church than all of the rest of the church put together, RBD really works!

We also have a summary report from recent RBD training that is taking place in Howell, MI under the leadership of Pastor Michael Brown. We want to thank Bro. Michael McKinnies for sharing this report.

On the weekend of May 24th, Pastor Michael Brown and the leadership at Crossroads Apostolic Church of Howell, MI gathered together under one burden, to see the lost of Livingston County saved.  During the two day RBD RBD Howell SeminarTraining Seminar a great vision for sustainable revival was cast and received by many of the church leaders and a new-found hope for growth sprung up like a well within their spirits.  As a result of this, 22 leaders committed to Revival by Design and committed to reaping an end-time harvest of souls in Livingston County…an RBD Center was born.  This center will become the light to guide the way for revival, not only in their immediate area, but also far reaching into the rest of the state of Michigan!  God said it this weekend, “NOW IS THE TIME!”

God has Revival for this world…and it will be By Design!

Revival By Design

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