Christian Renewal Ministries exists to call the Church back to the Upper Room in preparation for another Spiritual Awakening.
Christian Renewal Ministries (CRM) is an evangelical voice calling Christian believers back to the Upper Room of intercessory prayer. Just as Jesus called His apostles and other believers to the Jerusalem Upper Room to prevailing prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, so we believe the Spirit’s most urgent call to the Church in these Last Days is for Upper Room prayer warriors to gather in one accord for sacrificial, believing, prevailing prayer for a Last Days outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We believe this kind of intercessory prayer will awaken and restore the Church of Jesus Christ to spiritual life and power for reaching a lost world and preparing for the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our mission is to call believers back to divine conditions for revival:
- Intimacy (prayer)
- Purity (repentance, obedience)
We carry out our mission through:
- Local gatherings around the nation and world (The School of Prayer seminar, pastoral institutes, camp meetings and revival meetings); and
- Published resources (books, CDs, a daily radio broadcast and our quarterly Christian Renewal Journal)
- Word of God
- Life in the Spirit
- Intercessory prayer
- Local church ministry
The Word of God
We believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired Word of God. We understand the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are divinely inspired, inerrantly revealing the will of God concerning us in all things necessary to our salvation, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV). As evangelicals, we believe we are saved by grace through faith. We trust Jesus as having paid our debt of sin by His death, having made possible the Father’s forgiveness for us by shedding His blood. Our faith is expressed verbally in a confession, ritually in baptism, and in a witness by our testimony.
Repentance is a sincere and thorough change of the mind in regard to sin. It involves a sense of personal guilt and a voluntary turning away from sin. We believe repentance is essential to salvation. Jesus said that unless we repent we shall perish (Luke 13:3). On the Day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter responded to the question of the listeners to his sermon on what they must do to be saved, saying, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38).
The apostle Peter declared that we are to be “a holy priesthood” (I Peter 2:5).” In Revelation 1, we learn that Christ has made us kings and priests for service to God our Father. God gives priests special authority to represent human needs before His throne. My late mentor and prayer partner Dr. Wesley Duewel referred to our “Exalted and Seated Christ” as our “Enthroned Prayer Partner.” Indeed He is! And through the indwelling Holy Spirit, we are enabled to pray in harmony, in sympathy, and in unity with Him.
Spirit-filled prayer warriors are enlightened to pray in accordance with the will of God. They are energized to persevere in prayer and not faint. And they are emboldened in prayer so as to know they will not be denied.
Throughout Old Testament times and during this church age God has been in search of intercessors who pray for saints and sinners and for spiritual, political, and social leaders, in general, that nations might live peacefully and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ might be heard and believed (I Timothy 2:1-5).
Life in the Spirit
Our spiritual life begins with a work of the Holy Spirit. According to I Corinthians 12:3, “No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.” Our new birth and spiritual life begins with a gracious conditioning of our minds and hearts for responding to the Spirit’s conviction for our need to be saved. As we believe, the breath of the Spirit raises the sinner from the grave of sin and brings the gift of eternal life. We read in Ephesians 1:13-14: “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” But note that we are not filled with the Spirit at the time of our conversion. We must grow in grace and in the knowledge of Christ, but at a point of our realizing our need of more power we must ask to be filled (Luke 11:13). And we will need times of renewing and rekindling the fire of the Holy Spirit (II Timothy 1:6). Note that the same apostles who were present and filled with the Holy Spirit were refilled with the Spirit (Acts 4:31).
It is my considered opinion that the majority of evangelical church members do not enjoy a meaningful relationship with the Holy Spirit. Most of them have learned about the Holy Spirit and have developed a form of godliness devoid of power; those who come to know the Holy Spirit as indwelling, sanctifying, empowering, and anointing are more apt to grow into mature, stable, fruitful, and powerful witnesses for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With the authority as kings and priests, we are given great authority for interceding for both the saints and the sinners.
Local Church Ministry
The Church of Jesus Christ is composed of all spiritually born-again believers, whose names are recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life in Heaven. Every believer should be a part of a body of believers where the Word of God is proclaimed, where worship is conducted in spirit and in truth, and where members are free to minister according to their spiritual gifts. Every believer should show respect for the gifts of others, seek to love everyone, and maintain unity within the body. Every witness should prayerfully maintain his or her call to be a witness for Christ and seek to win others to Jesus.
“And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” – Luke 18:7-8