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Empowered 21 Asia Congress 2017

Everyone with the most rudimentary knowledge of Christianity knows the most significant revival during the past several centuries was the Pentecostal revival that began at a mission-church on Azusa Street, Los Angeles, USA around April 1906. From that revival missionaries filled with the Holy Spirit went to the nations of the world preaching the Full Gospel. Many church research scholars believe without the Azusa Street Pentecostal revival, Christianity today would be a dead or dying religion.

Just the opposite, today Christians of all different types of faiths and persuasions make up to 2.4 billion of the world’s population, and recent research indicates that up to 760 million may be of the Pentecostal or Charismatic persuasion. The clear majority of all Christians in Asia, in which up to two-thirds of the world’s population lives, are Pentecostal in belief.

Many churches in Asia are some of the largest in the world and the growth is far beyond that of population growth. For example, in 1995 Christians in Taiwan were only 2.9% of the population. But twenty years later in 2015, it had grown to 6.3%, a growth of 3.4%. However, during those 20 years the population of Taiwan only grew from 21 to 23 million, a growth of only 0.9%.

Yet it is significant to note that in many Western nations in Europe and North America, the church is in great decline. I personally believe the reason is the backsliding from preaching the Pentecostal message to motivational preaching and the prosperity Gospel. We see the warning of this backsliding in Hebrews 2:1-4.

Empowered 21 is a world-wide movement in which Pentecostal/Charismatic Christians gather together at various major capitals in different parts of the world to reaffirm the truths of the Pentecostal revival, and to pass the vision, message and mantle to the younger generation.

The official publication of Empowered 21 Asia Congress 2017 states, “Empowered 21 is a global movement, dedicated to the move of the Holy Spirit amongst new generations in the 21st century. Birthed in 2008, Empowered 21 was quickly seen as a natural kingdom-wide follow-up to the 2006 Azusa Street Centennial.”

The Vision is: “That every person on Earth would have an authentic encounter with Jesus Christ through the Power and Presence of the Holy Spirit by Pentecost 2033.” The Mission is: “Empowered 21 will help shape the future of the global Spirit-empowered movement throughout the world by focusing on crucial issues facing the movement and connecting generations for inter-generational blessing and impartation.”

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Category: Church History, Summer 2017

About the Author: Dennis Balcombe knew he was called to be a missionary to China while he was a teenager, and was one of the first to enter the mainland when it opened to the West in the 1970s. He founded Revival Christian Church in Hong Kong in 1969 and continues to plant churches, travelling and ministering in China and internationally. He shares his story in One Journey, One Nation: Autobiography of Dennis Balcombe, Missionary to China (2011) and he is the author of China's Opening Door: Incredible Stories of the Holy Spirit at Work in One of the Greatest Revivals in Christianity (Charisma House, 2014). Revival Chinese Ministries International

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