6 Characteristics of True Revival


In his March 12 post, Kevin DeYoung encourages Christians to "preach and prayer for a "Christ-centered, God-glorifying, gospel-loving, Spirit-given revival in our own day." He writes:
There are only a few things that go on my weekly prayer list. One of them is revival. I believe God has moved in the past to ignite great awakenings. I believe he can do it again. And I believe Christians would do well to preach and pray for a Christ-centered, God-glorifying, gospel-loving, Spirit-given revival in our own day. Of course, this begs the question: what is true revival.
He goes on to say that revival is not not revivalism, meaning it is not "a man-timed, man-made, man-determined event." Furthermore, revival is not individualism, meaning something that happens to individual Christians. Thirdly, revival is not emotionalism, meaning "it's more than a feeling" to quote the old Boston song. Lastly, revival is not idealism, meaning it's not a manifestation of heaven on earth.

"True revival," writes Kevin, "is a sovereign, swift, extraordinary work of God whereby he saves sinners and breathes new life into his people."

  • True revival is a sovereign (dependent on God’s timing, God’s doing, granted according to God’s pleasure)
  • swift (conversions, growth, and change happen relatively quickly)
  • extraordinary (uncommon, surprising)
  • work of God (not ours)
  • whereby he saves sinners (regeneration leading to faith and repentance)
  • and breathes new life into his people (with renewed affections, commitment, and obedience).

Since that's something all Christians should be able to get behind, perhaps it is time we pray for a "Christ-centered, God-glorifying, gospel-loving, Spirit-given revival in our own day."

Taken from A Surprising Work of God (1 of 2), by Kevin DeYoung
Originally Posted: 12 Mar 2013 02:41 AM PDT


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