Renaissance & Revival

Remember Bezalel of Exodus? He was the anointed craftsman who carried out the specific, artistic direction given Moses by God for the building of the Tabernacle

Bezalel was the first Spirit-filled artist–way before that was an option under the new covenant. We need modern-day Bezalels who can hear God and transmit what they receive to the culture. The culture is waiting for your creativity.

We aren’t limited to our imaginations, because we have the mind of Christ. And we have sanctified imaginations. We have a mandate to do greater things.

New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink explains: “The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind—computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind—creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers. These people—artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers—will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.”

You have a place in this Renaissance.

Historically, great spiritual revivals have been preceded by a renaissance in the arts. If you desire to see revival, start with the arts—especially prophetic art! Here are some organizations paving the way:

The New Renaissance Arts Movement: Our audacious goal is that every Christ-following church in existence would one day view the arts as a cherished way to celebrate and enjoy God’s love and presence and that they would learn to value and disciple the artists sovereignly placed in their congregations.

StoneWorks: A Global Arts Initiative: StoneWorks gathers Christian arts leaders, innovators, and culture shapers in the spheres of the church, the marketplace, the academy, and missions, in order to mentor and encourage them to partner together and share resources.

An Army Arising: Why Artists are on the Frontline of the Next Move of God :: “[T]he call to the warrior-artist is to be current with heaven and release heaven into this world.” In this mighty book, Christ John Otto reminds us of the power of creativity and gives us tools to wield it with spiritual authority.

Bezalel: Redeeming a Renegade Creation ::  This book is rousing and necessary call to Spirit-filled artists: “Imagine a creative designer with the anointing of Bezalel, a person called and equipped to make an interactive atmosphere of heaven…Imagine. Imagine. Imagine.”

Dreaming with God :: The subtitle says it all: “Co-laboring with God for Cultural Transformation.” A beautiful, inspiring read to return to again and again.

The Sound of Reformation :: For reformation (and renaissance), we must re-form whatever has grown complicated—our mindsets, programs, and structures. We must get back to the simple heart of love.

The World’s Greatest Revivals :: From the Reformation, to the Great Awakening, to the Azusa Street Revival, to the Toronto Blessing, this book traces the history of revival and gives us tools to usher in the next one.



Heaven to E(art)h