The gap is the place a Christian fills between God's purpose and a
non-believer's under-standing of, and receptivity to, the gospel message. David
Bryant contends that all Christians are in the gap, whether they want to be or
not. It is how Christians respond to the gap that determines, in part, their
usefulness in God's ultimate redemptive work through Jesus Christ.
The gap is also the space Christians occupy between the world around them,
their nation and their neighborhood. Again, Bryant says a Christian's place is
in the gap. He calls his book, subtitled How to Prepare for the Coming World
Revival, more than a major revision of the work's original 1984 release. The
evidence of that is Bryant's observance of the surge in worldwide prayer and
revival trends. Additionally the book has a 12-session, small-group Bible study
and a resource section in its appendix.
Part of the appeal of Stand in the Gap is that it is not merely theory.
Bryant tells of ministry to homeless where "Jesus bags" were always prepared
and ready to be given away. There are more than enough practical ideas to help
Christians find an approach to evangelism that will help them fill their
"When we discover that each of us is personally
vital to a global cause for world redemption, our
motives for staying morally pure begin to change. Bitterness, greed, lust or
pride cannot be tolerated any longer by those who want God to make their lives
count significantly to usher in a historic Great Awakening," writes Bryant. It
is typical of his no-nonsense style. Like: "Boxed up spirituality turns stale
fast. No outlet means no uplift!"
Bryant has two key questions. "Now, will I stand in the gap? That is, will I
fully assume the privilege Christ has given me to be an agent of revival in my
fellowship ... A second question is of equal concern: In what part of the gap
will I stand? That is, what will be the width of the gap where I serve Christ's
And what would Bryant have gap-fillers do? His charge is for Christians to
become informed, lift prayers for revival, to be accountable for their role,
study and bring others along by giving away the vision for revival.
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