CHARISMA MAGAZINE ARTICLE
Enjoy the article below from Charisma Magazine, the second of two publications featuring the North Georgia Revival at Christ Fellowship Church, Dawsonville, Georgia. We celebrate what God is doing in this region and across the nation through this revival. We invite everyone to come and experience Him for yourself.
HARBINGERS OF AWAKENING
North America has hosted many great revivals over the last few centuries. Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield led the First Great Awakening in the colonial United States in the 1730s and 1740s. In early 1800s, the Cane Ridge Revival in Kentucky kicked off the Second Great Awakening. People came from around the world to witness the Holy Spirit's power at Azusa Street Revival of 1906. And in the 1990s thousands flocked to the Toronto Blessing and the Brownsville Revival.
Now, mere miles from the site of the original Cane Ridge Revival, seeds are being planted for the next great move of God—and maybe even a Third Great Awakening. Earlier this year, traveling evangelist Rick Curry visited Mt. Carmel Christian Church in Paris, Kentucky. The church was founded in 1818 by a man denounced by his former church for attending the original Cane Ridge revival. Curry was invited to preach at Mt. Carmel’s 200th-anniversary celebration, which happened to fall on Pentecost Sunday. During his message, revival broke out and hasn’t subsided since.
But this Kentucky city isn’t the only one experiencing revival. In fact, it’s just one example of an insatiable hunger for God’s presence breaking out in cities and towns across America.
At New Life Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, pastor Mike Fehlauer says an incredible move of God has taken place since he and his staff decided to “get out of God’s way and give the Holy Spirit room to work.” Since June, New Life has seen more than 300 baptisms, numerous salvations, and physical and emotional healings and deliverance.
Christ Fellowship Church in Dawsonville, Georgia, has experienced revival since February under lead pastor Todd Smith. This charismatic church of 350 people has witnessed more than 865 baptisms. Smith says people have traveled hundreds—even thousands—of miles just to “walk into the baptismal waters and feel the presence of the Lord.” As a result, many have been miraculously healed and delivered from addictions and emotional scars.
Even the U.S. military base at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, is feeling the Spirit’s fire. The Baptist Press reports that chaplains have seen “an incredible hunger for God,” with nearly 2,000 soldiers giving their lives to Christ since March. In Greeneville, Tennessee, a tent revival led by evangelist D.R. Harrison has lasted over five months and led to hundreds of salvations.
Pat Schatzline, an Assemblies of God minister and traveling evangelist who has studied revivals and written books on the need for spiritual renewal, says these revivals show the church is on the cusp of breakthrough.
“It is the embryonic stages of the Third Great Awakening,” Schatzline says. “... I believe that with all my heart.”
BAPTISMS IN GEORGIA
The Dawsonville revival began when God gave Schatzline a vision of a mysterious pastor. Schatzline didn’t know who the man was, but he could see he was wracked with despair, sitting alone in a dark room. Hundreds of miles away, pastor Smith was doing just that, crying out to God and looking for a sign that he should continue to lead Christ Fellowship Church.
“If You don’t move, I’m done,” Smith said. Smith got his sign when Schatzline reached out through a mutual friend. Schatzline gave Smith a message: God is coming to Christ Fellowship Church, and He is going to restore the promise He gave you eight years ago.
Then Smith received a prophetic vision of his own. He saw the church’s baptistry—the baptism pool was full, and a strip of fire appeared on top of the water. Shortly after, Smith says, God “sat down in our building and rocked our world.” Christ Fellowship hasn’t been the same since, attracting visitors from South Carolina, Minnesota and even California.
“The presence of God and the outpouring of the Holy Ghost have just erupted here,” Smith says.
Prior to the revival, Christ Fellowship conducted only a handful of baptisms each month. But since February, more than 40 people often experience water baptism in a single service, pushing the services well past midnight. One Sunday night, 114 people were baptized. Such high numbers of baptisms didn’t start immediately. But Smith says they quickly multiplied as the power of God manifested and people hungered for healing.
“The fame of his name and what He was doing in those waters began to spread,” Smith says. “When we would give the invitation, you would see 30 or 40 people run to the front to get baptized. The power of God was violent in the water. People would thrash around. Fire confronts what is going on in their lives. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen. And it has nothing to do with us as a church or any personalities involved. It’s simply God’s presence and His power.”Revivals across the American South coSome are calling the meetings a “baptism revival,” a term Don Allen, lead pastor of The Church at War Hill, says he’s never heard before. But after preaching several times at Christ Fellowship, Allen’s seen it for himself.
In the baptismal waters, numerous individuals have been healed of long- time physical ailments. Smith says the church is careful to record and follow up on them with health-care professionals so as not to minimize God’s glory.
One example is Amanda Boan, an 11-year-old who shunned foot surgery to remove an extra bone in her foot that caused her foot to twist to the side, leaving her with great pain and a limited ability to run. Boan was baptized during a Sunday-night service and continued to believe for her healing. At a service soon afterward, Boan went up to the altar and experienced instant healing: “It was like my foot was tight and then it was loosened.”
She could place her foot flat on the floor and run around the church without pain. Doctors confirmed she no longer needed surgery.
Amy Ransom also received healing. For almost three decades, Ransom suffered debilitating migraine headaches that also affected her financially due to the out-of-pocket medication costs. During a Sunday-night service, Ransom knew after fasting and praying she had been healed.
“I have gone from having daily migraines for 28 years to none,” Ransom says.
And Donna Posey, a longtime Christ Fellowship member, says God healed her of bone loss in her mouth during the second revival service in February. The condition had lingered for years, and because she didn’t have enough bone to support her dentures, implant surgery was her only option. After fervent prayer for the affected area, Posey visited her dentist, who confirmed 30 percent bone gain in her mouth. Posey says her dentist “looked at my X-ray and asked me if I believed in miracles.”
But healings and deliverance aren’t all this move of God has produced. It has had a profound spiritual effect on other churches in the region.
“We’re watching people from all faiths come here and receive what the Holy Spirit has for them,” Allen says. “Not only are we seeing salvations and miracles, but we’re seeing reconciliation among the churches here, the body of Christ really working together. You are literally seeing the miracle of unity. Our church has seen renewed prayer exponentially. Our people are now interceding for Todd’s church and for others. It’s amazing.”
THIRD GREAT AWAKENING
Schatzline, who has preached multiple services at Dawsonville, says what’s happening in Georgia, Texas and Kentucky is “a sovereign move of God.” “Unfortunately, many churches have learned structure, systems and ambience,” Schatzline says. “They remove one-third of the Trinity—the Holy Spirit—and one-third from 100 is 66.6. That is the spirit of the Antichrist. What I think these pockets of revival are proving is that God is going to do things differently than many people think. It’s happening on the backroads and not the crossroads. It may sound like an odd term, but I feel like God is kissing the faithful— the ones who are pressed in, the ones who still believe. Those are people who have stuck to the core values of fasting, prayer and preaching the cross, and the results are now visibly manifesting in these churches.”
Allen agrees with Schatzline’s assessment of revival.
“I have personally begun to study the significant movements of the Great Awakenings,” Allen says. “When prayer increases and people repent to God and each other, that’s when the Spirit moves and great things happen.”
Curry says he has little doubt that a Third Great Awakening is on the horizon.
“I truly believe this is the seedbed of awakening,” Curry says. “I believe America’s greatest awakening lies ahead of us and not behind us. I believe that transforming revival will come to this nation soon.”
NORTH GEORGIA REVIVAL // SUNDAY NIGHTS 6PM
In January, Christ Fellowship entered into a 21-day corporate fast to seek The LORD.
On February 11th, 2018, the Holy Spirit suddenly made His presence known in our service. Since that moment, nothing has been the same. We are profoundly grateful for the opportunity to steward and host this time of encounter. Daily worship and prayer with fasting remains our priority.
We have experienced and witnessed the power of His presence in a multitude of ways, and in all of our services. Testimonies of miracles, physical and emotional healing, salvations, and life-changing breakthrough of renewed faith and joy are being reported. People testify of encountering impartation upon entering the building, while in corporate prayer, while in their seat, by receiving prayer with our altar team, or by immersion in water in one of our baptism pools. Yes, what you've heard is true. The water has become a contact point...a place of encounter with Him!
Pastors, church leaders, and area congregations are gathering with us...then returning to their home church with an impartation of faith and boldness to kindle the same awakening flame of revival!
We bid you come! PREPARE yourself and come!
REVIVAL SERVICE // EVERY SUNDAY EVENING: Service Schedule.
The facility opens at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday evenings.
Service begins with intercessory prayer at 5:00 p.m. in the main sanctuary. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.
The doors to the sanctuary remain closed from 5:15 to 5:45 to preserve an atmosphere for focused, uninterrupted prayer and worship.
The sanctuary doors re-open for seating at 5:45 p.m.
Service begins at 6:00 p.m.
REVIVAL SERVICE: Prayer Ministry.
Prayer - in the sanctuary altar area and immersion pools - will be ministered following the preached word.
You do not have to be immersed in order to receive prayer and impartation at the service.
IF YOU DESIRE THE MINISTRY OF BAPTISM // IMMERSION:
HOW TO PREPARE:
PLEASE WEAR TO CHURCH an outfit in which to be baptized.
Select items that are MODEST when wet, i.e., dark, thick, short sleeved tops and slacks.
PLEASE avoid white or thin material and thin straps.
PLEASE, no dresses.
PLEASE, no short shorts.
PLEASE, no bathing suits.
A towel will be provided for you. Please bring an extra for your comfort.
Please bring a complete change of clothes in a sealed garment bag.
Please separate mens clothes from women's clothes. The changing rooms are in different areas.
Minors MUST BE accompanied by parent or legal guardian in order to be baptized. No exceptions.
Please note: those with wounds or incisions will receive prayer ministry from the pool rather than in the pool. Thank you.
You may be in the ministry waiting area several hours - up to three or more hours depending upon attendance.
We are not taking reservations for baptisms at this time.
Wait time varies depending upon response and prayer requests.
At this time, prayer in the baptism pools is ministered during the Sunday evening REVIVAL SERVICE only.
PERSONS AFFECTED BY ANY OF THESE SITUATIONS WILL BE MINISTERED TO OUTSIDE OF THE POOL:
Wounds or Incisions
Incontinent (those wearing incontinence briefs)
REVIVAL SERVICE: Childcare.
Childcare is available in our children's ministry Sunday evenings from 5:30p to 8:30p for ages kindergarten and younger.
Prayer ministry during REVIVAL services begins around 8p. If you have children in our children's ministry, please plan accordingly.
REQUEST PRAYER CLOTHS:
Locate SEARCH BOX.
Type in: COMPLIMENTARY PRAYER CLOTHS
REQUESTS FOR OIL:
We occasionally have the honor of hosting our dear friends
from Flowing Oil in Dalton, Georgia. There are two ways to
obtain a vial of oil: go to an event where the Bible will
be present or to Grace Store in Dalton, Georgia.
Please visit www.hisnameisflowingoil.org for more information.
Christ Fellowship Church is unable to respond to requests for vials of oil.
LOCAL HOTEL INFORMATION
CHRIST FELLOWSHIP CHURCH 139 Hightower Parkway Dawsonville, GA 30534 706.216.3248
DAWSONVILLE GEORGIA (5 MINUTES EAST OF CHURCH)
QUALITY INN & SUITES
127 Beartooth Pkwy Dawsonville, GA 30534Phone: (706) 216-1900
CUMMING GEORGIA (20 MINUTES SOUTH OF CHURCH)
905 Buford Road Cumming, GA 30041Phone: (770) 889-4141
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES
870 Buford Highway Cumming, GA 30041Phone: (678) 845-7100
DAHLONEGA GEORGIA (20 MINUTES NORTH OF CHURCH)
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
835 Chestatee Street Dahlonega, GA 30533Phone: (706) 867-7777
GAINESVILLE GEORGIA (20 MINUTES EAST OF CHURCH)
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND SUITES
1189 Dawsonville Highway NW Gainesville, GA 30501Phone: (770) 533-5140
HILTON GARDEN INN
1735 Browns Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30501Phone: (770) 532-3396