Revival and Awakening

Many people would agree that the church needs revival today, but what does that mean? Dr. Garth Rosell, professor of Church History at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary defines revival this way: “A renewal of spiritual vitality sent to the church by God’s Spirit and always producing in the life of the believer a deeper love for God and a more active concern for one’s neighbor.”

You might be wondering, is there a difference between revival and awakening? Perhaps you have heard about the Great Awakening’s of the past but are not sure what they refer to. Dr. Rosell explains that an awakening is “a general sweep of revival throughout a wide geographical area and across traditional boundaries.”

Here are a few more insights:

–       Genuine spiritual renewal is always the work of the sovereign God

–       No individual or institution is ever beyond hope of spiritual renewal

–       Christians can prepare for spiritual renewal through: (1) repentance, (2) united believing prayer, (3) obedience to the Holy Bible

Psalm 85:6 “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?”

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

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