…on the nature of true revival
- True revival is initiated by God, not contrived by man.
- The prompting of the Holy Spirit appeals to both heart and mind.
- True revival comes by grace, not wild emotion.
…on the role of prayer
- The concerted, fervent prayer of the church is the essential catalyst of revival.
- When honest seekers pursue the Lord and His truth, He will call them to himself.
…on the role of preaching God’s Word
- The power to convict people of sin lies in the reading or hearing of the Word of God.
- Believers develop a longing to spend time in God’s word.
- The Holy Spirit anoints preaching to revive His church.
- True revival preaching has a sense of urgency.
- People respond to the call regardless of age, creed, social status, wealth, or race.
…on the role of the Church
- The Church must operate within sound, biblical doctrine.
- Laypeople brought lovingly and thoughtfully to the throne of grace will bring others there as well.
- Great numbers of new believers must be discipled and nurtured in stable, biblically based churches.
- Believers and their churches must be ready to relinquish entertainments and pleasures for the sake of evangelism and discipleship.
- Churches must be ready to discontinue fruitless programs in the wake of ministering to large numbers of new members.
- True revival brings unexplainable unity of mind among disparate believers.
- The Church needs to train men for lifelong ministry.
…on conviction and regeneration
- The Holy Spirit convicts self-righteous people of their sin and need for a savior.
- True revival is a humility born of brokenness.
- True revival gives sinners a life-changing understanding of the depravity of the human heart.
- The Holy Spirt prompts sinners of the ongoing need for regeneration.
- The pierced souls of redeemed sinners know the deepest joy.
- Christians can expect some resistance from family, friends, the media, and the culture.
- The dark, hopeless worldly culture notices the sterling character of those genuinely transformed by the Spirit in revival.
…on pondering the spiritual realm
- The reality of death awakens seekers to know about Heaven and Hell.
- Thoughts of awakenings, preaching, and revival absorbs people’s minds
- Conversations among believers turn from the frivolous to the eternal.
- Churches touched by revival start new ministries to children and youth.
- College students eagerly embrace theology and find truth.
…on changed lives
- Men need to assume the role of leadership in their homes and churches.
- New believers need to obey their individual callings.
- Since the world will scrutinize new believers, we must be above reproach.
…on the effects on culture and the nation
- The ideas of the First Great Awakening sparked the American Revolution.
- The ideas of the Second one sparked abolition of slavery and eventually the Civil War.
- Unwise excesses, abuses, and outlandish behavior mar evangelicalism.
- Change is permanent, but the cycles of apostasy-revival-renewal-summit-decline are inevitable.
- Individuals are awakened by the Holy Spirit, which changes families, and then entire communities.
- True revival dramatically alters cultures, and entire countries.
- True revival sounds a trumpet call of foreign missions to reach the lost.
- Each generation must pass the torch on to the next through biblical training.