2000-01-04 - It Can Happen to You
The Revival Series, Part 3
Psalm 85:6 Wilt Thou not Thyself revive us again?
In the first of these six discussions of revival I mentioned the revival that occurred in Windham, Connecticut in 1721. It was a unique revival, before the Great Awakening and almost no one has written about it.
More people were converted in Windham, in this revival, than in the Great Awakening a few years later. In the span of six months, eighty persons were converted. This may seem like just a few, but this is a really small town, and eighty persons in six months meant that most, even almost all the people in the town were Christians of (as we say today) the born again type.
The result of this revival was that other churches were stated in towns that were close by. Members of the Windham church were "dismissed" to start the other churches. The call upon the members of the Windham church was to avoid becoming sidetracked. As printed in a sermon, "For now we live, if ye stand fast in the LORD." 1 Thessalonians 3:8
The following was written many (100+) years ago.
"There are preachers by myriads and majorities, and deeply pious ones too, that never once in all their lives distinctly concentrated their purposes to the single point of converting men. There efforts are to finish an eloquent sermon, to develop theological or biblical truth, to thrill aesthetically an audience, to pour forth general religious emotion, to spread a popular fame, to gather crowds, to build a large church, &c. Verily these have often their reward, namely, success In their objects. But here is a lonesome preacher who does not object to all these; but with or without them, by study, by closet, by pulpit, by pastoral work, some or all, he MEANS TO CONVERT SOULS, and just so many as he can. Where this is attained, all other success is well enough. Where this is not attained, all the other success does not comfort him a penny: he goes off, crest - fallen and disappointed, indignant at the devil and himself. He will not stay there where satan has beaten him; but he will go where, please God, he can get some souls."
This is the mindset of revival. "Get souls." May we be those who seek the lost.
Soli Deo Gloria,
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