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Overview God has made "New Covenant" promises to each of us. And in fulfillment of those promises, He has placed within every believer four revolutionary provisions: a new purity, a new disposition, a new identity, and a new power. Revolution Within shows what these four provisions really are and how to release them, so you can experience all the best God has for you. And when you do, you fulfill your God-given purpose in life. Because God doesn't want us just to be spiritually whole but to be spiritually provocative.
Publishers Description "One of the fundamental misunderstandings the first-century world had in regard to Jesus was that He had come to stir up an outward, political revolution. Dwight Edwards reminds us in his powerful book that the revolution, like the kingdom, is essentially within--that Jesus is still a King whose kingdom is the heart." --Michael Card, recording artist and author of" A Violent Grace" What Actually Happened When You Came to Christ? Because of what God has done for every believer, you actually possess outlandish treasures you may never have dreamed existed. God has made "New Covenant" promises to each of us. And in fulfillment of those promises, He has placed within every believer four revolutionary provisions: a new purity, a new disposition, a new identity, and a new power. These lavish supernatural resources permanently reside within your soul right now--ready for release every day of your life on earth "Revolution Within" shows what these four provisions really are and how to release them, so you can experience all the best God has for you. And when you do, you fulfill your God-given purpose in life. Because God doesn't want us just to be spiritually whole but to be spiritually provocative. As you tap into this vibrant eternal reality, you'll experience fresh intimacy with God, new liberty, a deepened sense of community with other believers, and a new capacity for ministry. And through it all you'll grow in your passion for what God Himself is most passionate about: His glory.
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Dwight Edwards serves as senior pastor for the 2,500-person congregation of Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas. A direct descendant of the renowned early-American preacher Jonathan Edwards, he attended Dallas Theological Seminary. He serves as a consultant to Dr. Larry Crabb's New Way Ministries. Dwight and his wife, Sandy, have three sons.
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revolution within Oct 8, 2005
Better with each turn of the page. Words to Feast on!!! It stretches you mind and soul, encourages you and grows you in your Christian thinking.
A Second Reformation Apr 28, 2005
In "Revolution Within," Pastor Dwight Edwards (a descendent of Puritan pastor and author, Jonathan Edwards) details what actually happens when a person places trust in Christ. Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformer, emphasized the justification that happened the moment of saving faith. Edwards emphasizes the regeneration that happened at that same time.
In justification, a Christian receives a new "nurture"--freedom from the penalty of sin and forgiveness that welcomes the believer into the loving, fatherly arms of God. In regeneration, the Christian receives a new "nature"--a new heart cleansed by the blood of Christ and empowered to experience growing victory over sin.
The message of "Revolution Within" is vital for every Christian. Too many believers are taught that they are forgiven (which is an eternally wonderful truth), but remain ignorant of the equally marvelous truth that they are also changed internally. Edwards calls this "new covenant living" (based upon many Old Testament promises and New Testament passages).
"Revolution Within" offers a fresh look at supernatural living. It's a look that is both biblically sound and relationally practical.
Reviewer: Dr. Robert W. Kellemen is the author of "Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," and the forthcoming "Sacred Companions: A History of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction."
Old Testament Grace Missing In Action Feb 22, 2005
The purpose of this book is to help believers understand and apply the provisions of the New Covenant (NC) while severing all ties with the Old Covenant (OC), which Edwards makes synonymous with the Law. While his handling of the NC is fairly accurate, his portrayal of the believer's life under the OC is not.
Edwards believes Christians should obey God's standards out of love for Christ, unlike OC obedience which he claims was obedience to a code, not a person. He further characterizes OC living as devoid of grace, true spirituality, meaningful service, and joy. Has Edwards ever read the Psalms? He believes that under the OC, only the giants of the faith were usually able to know God (prophets, priests, kings). All others could only know Him through external means. However, David was called by God while a shepherd boy because of his heart condition (I Sam.16). Many others such as Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, none of whom were high ranking people nor came to know God through external means, obviously had deep faith relationships with Him. God is made to be a capricious liar by Edwards' position since God says in Deut. 4:31 that anyone who seeks Him with all his heart and soul will find Him. This verse also indicates that OC believers were to seek God Himself, not simply obey a moral code.
Although God Himself initiated the OC, Edwards believes it shows only what man can do for God, a list of commandments to obey. He fails to mention that Abraham was saved by faith (Gen. 15:6) or that grace even existed under the OC. He believes love is the spiritual litmus test in the NC, unlike the OC, failing to mention that the two greatest commandments to love God and others were given as part of the OC. He also fails to mention that Micah reduces God's requirements to doing justice, loving kindness, and walkling humbly with God, not a system of do's and don'ts.
Edwards minimizes the ministries of the OC believers as depicted in Heb. 11 and II Chron.31:21, stating that OC ministry is lifeless and produces only death. This is because of his view that the Law and the OC are synonymous. However, while the OC is obsolete, the Law is not. Jesus came to fulfill it (Matt.5) and Paul says faith establishes it (Rom.3:31). They are not one and the same. Heb.9 relates that only the OC sacrifices, earthly tabernacles and purification rites are now obsolete, not the Law itself.
Edwards never mentions that the OC was given in the larger context of a pre-existing covenant of grace. OC recipients of grace through faith in God enjoyed circumcised hearts to love God with all their hearts and minds (Deut.30:6), as well as eternal salvation. Salvation through grace and love for God as a motivation for godly living is God's plan in both the NC and the OC.
If you feel strongly about the message of grace throughout the Bible from beginning to end, you will probably not appreciate this book.
His great-great-great-great grandfather would be proud! Jan 25, 2005
Yes, Dwight Edwards is a direct descendant of Jonathan Edwards, the 18th century theologian, evangelist, pastor, and philosopher who is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant minds that America has ever produced. But that just makes for a catchy review title: the real reason you should read this book is because it talks about the internal transformation, the revolution within, that God creates when he regenerates a soul. The new heart that God creates within each and every Christian should be the whole basis and foundation of our understanding of how to live life, but it is tragically neglected in most church teachings. This book is a great practical introduction to the new covenant that Christ brought us with God.. "We've not only been forgiven...but God has also changed us, deeply, profoundly, permanently."
new paradigm; freedom and release Nov 18, 2003
This book and its companion, Experiencing God Within, are rich, soul-freeing studies. Many believers, I think, struggle with living the Christian life as a duty, trying to get it right. Dwight's easy to read book presents a different light as we respond to what God has done, is doing within us. In this book he points out how through Christ's transforming power our deepest desire, allbeit often buried, is to love and please God. We do not have to 'work it up' or manufacture it. All we need is provided as the gift of God --there in in us because of Christ's work --to be discovered and appropriated. Release, incredible freedom in Christ, lifting of the burden, and power to live; these are themes I've found here