I believe the church will experience
five radical shifts by the year 2020. First, there will be a renewed
emphasis on integrity, purity and example—the three pillars of Paul’s
model. Results will no longer substitute for character, and gifts will
no longer replace anointing. Secondly, I believe that discipleship will
be more prominent than events or attendance. A new generation of
American believers will be on the scene emphasizing radical prayer,
radical evangelism and radical discipleship. Thirdly, there will be a
new missions movement sweeping our nation. Churches that have lost
their world vision will be planting thousands of churches at home and
abroad. Fourthly, along with harvest will come hostility. The darkened
minds of people will see the church as their enemy and focus on
eliminating us as their primary threat to their new morality and
Christ-less religion. Finally, the power of God will return to the
American church. The need for deliverance and healing will spark a
hunger for the gifts of the Spirit, the baptism of the Spirit and the
testimony of signs and wonders.
Larry StockstiII is senior pastor at Bethany World Prayer Center.
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