God sings : A groaning worship movement : Brian Simmons and Catherine Mullins tonight at Revival Church

People were trembling on the floor and laughing deeply throughout the night! More tonight at Revival Church!

God interrupted my offering spiel last night as people started groaning and erupting when the Holy Fire entered the building. Catherine Mullins, Candice Simmons and others fell to their faces and visibly trembled. I was doubling over and burning.

I was nearly speechless as God surprised a lot of hungry people with an unusual visitation—and we are going after more tonight at Revival Church!


I saw in the spirit last night a mass of people who were all groaning and roaring in the Holy Spirit in unison. This is a coming worship movement that will impact the Earth with great force. It’s a Romans 8:26-27 worship expression that yields to God as he breathes through us.

We’re all familiar with praying in tongues, but the church hasn’t been as quick to experience the groans of the Holy Spirit. I believe we are going to take it up even another level as the Holy Spirit worships through us in groans! Imagine the deep mysteries that will erupt through a groaning church as they worship in fire! Wow! I don’t think we’ll need projectors to display the words on the wall as much anymore!

Romans 8:26-27 (ESV) 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

When I planted Revival Church just over two years ago, the first prophetic word I received was in the first pre-launch meeting in our living room. God said, “John, for Detroit to be taken, the church will have to discover the greater groan.”


I’ve heard many prophetic words about a new sound or worship that will come out of Detroit. I have always sensed that this new sound wouldn’t be another music style, and now I’m convinced that the groans and roars of worship that will rock and shock the atmosphere is that new sound.

TheCall is coming to Detroit on 11/11/11, and I get wrecked when I consider the possibility of 80,000 people all groaning and roaring in the Spirit at the same time! Ahhhhhh!

The shift that’s coming will require a groaning, roaring church that’s unified in purpose.

Now, at a time when people are leaving Detroit in record numbers due to the economy, I experienced a micro level reality last night. Someone from Chicago who was trembling and blown up all weekend at the conference as God wrecked her life said something to me. She said that she has never experienced the type and level of intercession that she did as theLab Interns led. She is craving to actually move to Detroit to be in that environment!

Why is this? What will turn the tide of thousands leaving this city? What will cause the nations to flood in here?

Lets look at the Romans passage a little bit further


One of the most misused scriptures in the Bible is Romans 8:28.

Romans 8:28 (ESV) 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

When people are going through a hard time it’s common to quote this verse. However, it’s actually poor counsel if we use this verse by itself. It starts with the word And. That means something comes in front of it. Something else is necessary for this verse to activate.

Now, keep in mind, Romans 8:28 reveals that the only way things work together for good is if two things happen:

  • We love God.
  • We are called according to his purpose.

The only way we can love is if the Holy Spirit enables us!

The only way we can come into agreement with God’s deep, other worldly purpose for us is if the Spirit searches the deep things of God and we let him release that through us in a groan!

Bottom line, when Detroit groans, things will turn around and start working together for good. Love of God will explode and we will sign up for the grand, divine blueprint for this region. Detroit’s calling has been drawn up in the invisible realm of the Spirit, and it’s the Holy Spirit that must release it—through the church of Detroit.

Yes, I literally see the worldwide worship movement shifting!

The shift that’s coming to the church is absolutely shocking.

I literally see the coming worship movement that will impact church gatherings around the world being grounded in the groans of intercession.

It will be intermixed with angelic level choruses, musical prophetic decrees and an overwhelming, weighty habitation of the Spirit of God that the congregation will be on their faces groaning as the Holy Spirit sings and roars through them! Yes, God sings!

See you tonight for groaning prayer at 5pm and a burning night of worship and encounter with Brian Simmons and Catherine Mullins at 6pm at Revival Church!

We meet at THE TABERNACLE: 14205 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

It’s not enough : Detroit Revival Church : A new sound

It’s not enough.  That’s the cry that’s bellowing deep within my spirit.  Revival Church White-365x170

I absolutely love and crave a revival atmosphere where the Spirit of God moves freely and in power.  I know there is a yearning within many for the same thing, and the Holy Spirit is awakening us to that desire. 

It’s important and it’s God- but it’s not enough.  God never intended it to be.  An atmosphere like that is in some ways a conduit of the greater mission, and in other ways an overflow of the greater mission.

I often hear about people’s frustration about the lack of Holy Spirit activity, freedom and anointing in church services.  I understand that frustration.  However, we have to be careful not to presume that a breakout service is the ultimate goal. 

If we are using the system of the church to give us what we want, what we demand, even if it’s a holy encounter, then we are embracing a religious spirit.  My favorite definition of religion is this: Man’s attempt to use God or God’s systems to get what he wants. We can’t use God’s system, but we can and should avail ourselves to it, and to God Himself. 

We have to understand that the yearning for anointing and freedom in our church services isn’t primarily due to a God initiated desire to experience His presence alone, it is primarily so we can experience God’s presence which will free us up to know him deeply and fulfill our ministries.

I’ve been in indescribable revival style, Holy Spirit heavy atmospheres that have transformed me forever.  It’s common to come out of a service like that with a sense of having experienced the crescendo.  It feels great, we experience God, we are free, and we want more!  This is good… very good.  However, we must be disciplined enough to ask the greater question- what does this new found freedom enable me to do for the Kingdom?

Revival Church will be intently focused on experiencing God in overwhelming and deep ways as often as we can.  The tremble in the fear of the Lord must be normal in this church.  However, we cannot head home on a Sunday hoping for a repeat the next Sunday as a driving focus.  That can’t be our primary thought.  We have to look beyond the horizon and see where this manifest presence of God can lead us. 

Instead of being satisfied with local church transformation (as wonderful as that is), we must not relent until we experience city, national and international transformation.  The powerful encounter with God is in itself a fulfilled mission… without question.  We are to pray continually, know him deeply, experience transforming intimacy night and day.  Absolutely.  But, when we encounter God at this level, we cannot help but to be driven with tears in our eyes for the greater things.  For greater revival.  For transformed lives.  For impact that’s felt around the world.

The experience in the Upper Room in Acts was life-altering to say the least.  That encounter however simply could not be contained in that room!  It had to explode into society.

If a revival atmosphere in our church isn’t ultimately felt in a much greater radius, you have to question whether it’s revival at all.

Acts 2:1-2 (ESV) 1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.

Acts 2:5-6 (ESV) 5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.

Last night I was at an event with Barbara Yoder and she mentioned a new sound that’s coming.  I’ve heard others say the same thing.  I agree.  I believe this sound will be multi-faceted, but it will be without question the sound of God.  As in Acts 2, When the sound comes, the multitudes will gather!

The sound of God will invade the house and it will be heard in the city.

Join us for our next Revival Church service… every Sunday at 6pm!