What are the essential elements of a revival?

Posted: November 1, 2010 by limabean03 in Apologetics and Evangelism, Christian Theology, Christianity, Methodists, Puritan Faith, Reformed Theology

I’m not sure to be honest, although I think I could take a stab at it.  Nevertheless, below are the four essentials of the great Welsh revival of the 18th century.  I found number two particularly convicting as the Gospel that does not include regeneration (the new birth, new creation, etc.) is really only half the Gospel (if that!).  Perhaps the only thing I would ask to this list is prayer.  Would you add anything?

  1. A bold forward spirit, which dared to oppose untruth and extravagance in a determined and public manner.
  2. A clear proclamation of evangelical truths from war, passionate hearts.  In particular, the necessity of regeneration and of the work of the Holy Spirit were emphasized.
  3. The ministry of unordained men, if they possessed preaching skills.
  4. A loving care for the converted, particularly by means of the societies (i.e. small groups)

taken from Jones and Morgan’s The Calvinistic Methodist Fathers of Wales Vol I. pg 17

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  1. jgmtheo says:

    Hi,
    I was led here from a link place on my blog concerning John Bunyan and Prayer.
    In answer to your quesion I note that all the four points so far mentioned are Manward and not Godward. I would add “An utter dependance on Almighty God with a submission in Faith to His Will” for true revival is a Sovereign outpouring of the Spirit of God in a remarkable and unusal way, in circumstances which do not ordinarily or necessarily warrant it. It Humbles Christians, draws them to God through Christ and fills them with the Holy Spirit. It has an effect on the World , i.e. non Christians, it give them a sense that God is in this place and woe to them, for they have not Christ, it gives them (and Christians) a heightened sense of their sins and a feeling of utter unworthiness to stand in the presence of a Holy God.
    Matt 19:26 seems to sum up for me what true revival is about “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” It’s all of God, not of man; but while saying this I acknowledge that true Revival often goes hand in hand with a band or group who have been earnestly seeking the intervention of Almighty God in the current situation, faithfully engaged in prayer and seeking personal revival of their own hearts and souls.
    Lets us seek the Face of the Lord for Revival in our own Lives, in the Life Church so that the world will be drawn irresistably to our Great God who works all things after the Counsel of His Own Will. Amen.

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