reviveARIZONA was born out of "Awaken the Valley," two weeks of prayer and worship over the Verde Valley in 2009 and 2010. Gary and Janet Bohn who live in Sedona, AZ, have a heart to see their community transformed by the power of God and a strong desire to see people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. After participating in reviveSANTE FE, Gary and Janet invited Time to Revive to Sedona. Hosted in the Bohn’s garage, it was a time of intense spiritual warfare, but it was also during this time that TTR felt led to hit the streets to share the Gospel. Now, years later, teams continue to go out daily in the Sedona area to pray with people, share the Gospel and bring the light of Christ into a spiritually dark landscape. Following the Lord’s lead, the desire of reviveARIZONA is to take what started in one couple’s garage to other communities across the state, equipping the saints to share the Gospel and make disciples.
As Jesus interacted with people throughout His earthly ministry, we see this pattern emerge in His life: Jesus LOVED, He LISTENED, He DISCERNED, and then He RESPONDED as He was led by the Holy Spirit. As we equip believers to share the Gospel, we follow this pattern modeled by Jesus.
Believers are trained first to LOVE the individual, then to LISTEN to him or her, to DISCERN how the Holy Spirit is working and leading, and then to RESPOND accordingly, whether that’s to pray with the person, encourage them with Scripture, serve them in a tangible way, share the Gospel, or all of the above. Believers are trained to understand and articulate the Gospel in a clear and concise manner that makes them ready to give a reason for the hope they have whenever the Holy Spirit prompts them.
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commands His followers to "go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to observe all that I commanded you." Both evangelism and discipleship are at the heart of reviveARIZONA, and both must accompany each other in order to see true revival.
In Ephesians 4:11-12, Paul writes, "And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ."
For too long in the American church, we've assumed that evangelism is a specialized gifting or skill, and if you don't have it, you're off the hook. Both the enemy and our culture fuels this apathy with lies like "You don't know enough," or "You're going to offend people if you push your beliefs on them."
reviveARIZONA models a different approach so that you will feel equipped to share God’s love in a way that brings life into every conversation.
Discipleship is key to the sustenance of reviveARIZONA. As people encounter Christ through the reviveARIZONA outreaches, they need someone to walk with them, showing them what it looks like to follow Jesus. They may be brand new believers or existing believers who desire to deepen their relationship with Christ. Following the model of 1 Thessalonians 2:8, it’s our desire to not only share the Gospel with our neighbors, but also our lives, as they learn and grow in their faith.
Every person who requests follow up during a reviveARIZONA outreach is matched with a local “disciple-maker.” As a disciple-maker, you will be trained, given resources, and connected with a mentor who can help you navigate the discipleship process with your newfound brother or sister in Christ. Are you ready for God to use you to make a lasting impact in His Kingdom?