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‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge’ – Hosea 4:6

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  • Deep roots: the fourteenth century
  • 1947: a new way will come
  • The Way of the Spirit is part of God’s plan to bring that promised revival, right around the world.

Deep roots: the fourteenth century

In fourteenth century England, Bible teacher and translator John Wycliffe sent out his students armed with their new English Bibles to teach and preach the Word of God. It was largely due to their continuous expounding of the gospel that the English Reformation took the course it did in the sixteenth century.

Christian revivals, rooted in the faithful teaching of scripture, have greatly influenced Western society.

Unfortunately it is our own age in which Scripture knowledge and faith in God are rapidly eroding. More than a century of liberal teaching has wrought havoc in our churches, schools and society at large.

It is as if we have returned to Wycliffe’s time, with the Bible being little read and taught. The cry of Hosea, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (4:6), is as true today as it was in his time.

We thank God for the evangelicals who have kept up a good flow of Bible teaching over these years. But to enjoy the revival flow of life that the Holy Spirit offers, today’s church must turn find a new way, free from the traditional continuum of fundamentalist-liberal thinking .

1947: a new way will come

The need for a new way of understanding the Bible was prophesied as far back as 1947. Smith Wigglesworth, an evangelist and early Pentecostal pioneer, prophesied:

There would be two great streams of revelation culminating in revival.  In the power of the Spirit he prophesied that there would be (1) a revival of emphasis on the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit, and (2) a revival of emphasis on the living Word of God. And when these two streams came together, the Church of Jesus Christ would see the greatest movement of the Holy Spirit she has ever seen. It is our hope and prayer that The Way of the Spirit will provide a contribution to the fulfilment of this prophecy.

The Way of the Spirit is working as part of God’s plan to bring that promised revival, right around the world.

At the end of the 20th century  Dr John McKay spoke of a new way of approaching the bible, what he called a third way. Using the principles he taught, a team led by Richard George took up his original vision out around the world imparting life through Bible teaching, developing new materials, and raising up many new Bible teachers. As they travel the UK and the world spreading the new way of the spirit they leave behind them people with fresh appetite for the word of God, wanting to learn how to draw upon it for greater revelation of who God is, who we are, what God has done in history (biblical and post-biblical) and therefore what we can do!

Programmes now operate in parts of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya,  and India. The Way of the Spirit is also used in parts of Poland and Germany.  In most of these places the material is now being produced in the local vernacular.

We thank God for the countless times he has miraculously provided for this work. We see increasing numbers of Christians in the UK, and beyond,  discover life in their Bibles and teachers raised up and sent out.  We look ahead with great hope that we will play our part in, and see, the fulfilment of Wigglesworth’s famous prophesy.