The vision of Restoration Family Church can be summed up in one word: REVIVAL.
But what is revival? To many, “revival,” is one of those churchy words that nobody really understands. Revival goes by different names. Some people say “revival,” others say “renewal,” still others may call it an “awakening.” But, no matter what it is called, a revival is when a community wakes up to the reality of God. Revival is more than increased church attendance, greater efforts in evangelism, or a series of special meetings (though all of these are good things). Revival is when an awareness of God descends upon a community. Revival is a supernatural act of God. In revival, people find themselves thinking about God often, and talking about God at the dinner table, in the grocery store, at the gym, or in the barber shop. Always and in every place, God is in their thoughts. People, for seemingly no reason, are drawn to pray and to read their bibles and to attend church. In revival people are inexplicably drawn to faith in Jesus Christ. People have a sudden awareness of their own sinfulness, and their need to get right with God. Churches are filled with seekers and new converts. Pastors are invigorated with greater boldness and power to preach the word of God. Christians everywhere report a renewed faith and greater zeal for God. This is revival.
Various revivals have taken place at various times in history and with varying intensity and geographic impact. Some revivals, like the Azusa Street revival in 1906, were felt around the world (and its affects continue to the present day). Others, like the 1949 revival in Lewis (an island off the coast of Scotland), were more localized. But all revivals have similar themes and results – people are drawn to God, churches are filled, and the community is forever transformed.
Thus the vision of Restoration Family Church is to see this kind of revival in the city of Poughkeepsie, and throughout the Hudson Valley region. Revival is ultimately in God’s hands, not ours. We don’t carry revival around in our back pocket. But we feel 2 Chronicles 7:14 is instructive for us:
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
God will have to work, but I believe it is not so much a matter of us waiting on God, as it is God waiting on us. He has promised to respond to us when we call upon Him.