The web is useful but what is truly undergirding this completely new phenomena in history is prayer – decades of organized, global and local corporate intercession by tens of millions of Christians in a prayer movement that Catholics are almost completely unaware of and have ignored. Combined with the intentional founding of tens of thousands of very small, but actively evangelizing Christian communities in every village or neighborhood which they call “churches” and the very common experience of visions, healings, deliverance, and miracles. (I supposed I don’t have to say that this isn’t a Catholic movement?) For a gripping introduction, read Jerry Troutdale’s Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims are Falling in Love With Jesus.
God, under carefully controlled laboratory conditions, will do whatever he likes.
John answered, “Master, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us.” But Jesus said to him, “Do not forbid him; for he that is not against you is for you.” (Luke 9:49-50)
Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, well versed in the scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue; but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him and expounded to him the way of God more accurately. And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him, and wrote to the disciples to receive him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully confuted the Jews in public, showing by the scriptures that the Christ was Jesus. (Acts 18:24-28)
Sherry’s awesome book, Forming Intentional Disciples continues to sell like gangbusters, and with good reason. You should order it, log off, and go read it. One of the most important books of the decade.