About 8 years ago I was gripped by God’s great restoration plan: ‘The kingdom of God!’ For the first time in my life I saw something of the big picture that God is working on. It is not about isolated theological topics or beautiful explanations of certain Bible stories, but about what God started and what He will finish. He began in paradise and it will end in a complete restoration of all things. God’s plan is not an evacuation plan, where Christians are quickly removed from a completely lost earth. Our focus is not ‘getting to heaven.’ God’s plan is for heaven to come to earth and therefore his plan is not aimed at evacuation, but at restoration. God brings restoration, healing and revival to this world. That’s good news, that’s gospel. Along with my newfound vision of the kingdom of God, I got into trouble with the church. The reason for this lay in my weekly sermons in various churches in the country. I regularly drove home after such a sermon with the question to God: ‘Are you going to change the world with this group of people?’ I became discouraged and almost even bitter. Our stagnant or over-organized gatherings are not really ‘good news’ for people in need. The lack of Divine power or genuine compassion keeps people stuck in the pews. Fortunately, a few years ago God did something in my heart again. From the vision of the kingdom of God, a new view of the church emerged: ‘the royal church!’ A church that, regardless of denomination, is focused on representing and spreading the kingdom of God. Not focused inward, but with an open view to the people around us. Not focused on receiving, but on giving away what you have already received in abundance. Not judgmental, but passionate about and involved with people in need. Of course, a sober look at the state of ‘the church’ is not very optimistic. But perhaps that is precisely what is necessary for revival or ‘revival’. When we pray for revival, something must first “die.” Where God goes to work, there is first chaos. This is how He already started in Genesis 1. God seems to seek chaos and death. Because it is then that His power can become fully visible. Then it is no longer human work, but God’s work. Then the church is not a human organization, but becomes a Divine organism that brings life and hope. If you want to know and learn more, come to our free training day ‘Revival of the Church’ on Saturday, October 18 in Zoetermeer. You can read all about it HERE and register.