To create intentional opportunities for connection to the Lord with the desire to Awaken Dreams and Activate Purpose.
To activate women around the world to advance the kingdom of God.
Christ - Centered
Spirit - Led
Excellence - Driven
Relationship - Focused
Freedom - Based
statement of faith
Refresh the Nations is a non-denominational ministry for women around the world. Our statement of faith is not exhaustive but simply serves as a vital foundation built on the Bible as the final word in all things.
There is one God, the Creator of all things, who eternally exists as both One and Triune. These three are Father, Son and Holy Spirit; they are co-equal and co-eternal. (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11)
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, inerrant and authoritative, without error in its original writing, containing the Old and New Testaments, it stands alone as infallible, and its authority is ultimate, final, and eternal. It cannot be added to, taken away from, or superseded in any regard. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction, and reproof. (II Timothy 3:16; Psalms 119:105, 160, 12:6; II Peter 1:20, 21; Proverbs 30:5)
The Word of God declares that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. It is a free gift of God, based on the death of His Son, not of our own good works; it is an act of free will in response to God’s love for mankind. Personal repentance, belief in Jesus, and acceptance of Him as Savior begins a new life. The fruit of salvation should be a lifestyle of loving obedience and service to Jesus Christ our Savior. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22)
The Church, expressed through local bodies of believers, is ultimately created to make disciples of all the nations. It is the body of Christ, the hope of the world, designed to reflect the unique gifts and callings of those who participate. (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23)
THE HOLY SPIRIT:
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He was active in the Old Testament and given at Pentecost after Jesus the Son ascended, to empower the saints to preach the gospel throughout the world. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, subsequent to salvation, releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6)
By definition, Refresh means to enliven, stimulate, awaken, fortify, freshen, energize, revive. Each Refresh facet or gathering is designed to create an opportunity for connection to the Lord that, in turn, awakens more inside of you to be used to further His kingdom.
"this resurrection life you received from god is not a timid, grave-tending life. it's adventurously expectant, greeting god with a child-like 'what's next papa?' God's Spirit touches our spirit it confirms who we really are."
A note from The founder
My name is Sarah Birkbeck and I am a passionate believer in Jesus, wifey, mommy and lover of all things girly! Refresh started as a vision to gather women and go deeper. I can honestly say I had no clue what that might look like or how it would unfold at the time. But in an effort to simply obey the still small voice asking me to step out, I did. It wasn't a leap, it wasn't even a cute skip, it was an awkward, wobbly, timid step into what I felt the Lord was saying. I gathered in my living room with my closest friends and we went deep. We ate together, cried together, shared words of encouragement, worshiped and learned more about what God created us for. Since 2012 when that awkward, tiny, seemingly meaningless step happened, we have expanded to the place we are today and continue welcoming others to join the community!
Refresh is a place to come, link arms with other women on the journey and step out in the dreams the Lord has placed in your heart. We gather together in a spirit of camaraderie and not comparison which allows each person to share their unique gift freely. Refresh may have started in the heart of one, but now resides in the heart of many. We are simply better together.