Quotes on Revival

“New Testament Christianity is not just a formal, polite, correct, and orthodox kind of faith and belief. No! What characterizes it is this element of love and passion, this pneumatic element, this life, this vigor, this abandon, this exuberance—and, as I say, it has ever characterized the life of the church in all periods of revival and of reawakening.”
― Michael L. Brown, Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire

“A revival may be expected when Christians have a spirit of prayer for a revival. That is, when they pray as if their hearts were set upon it. When Christians have the spirit of prayer for a revival. When they go about groaning out their hearts desire. When they have real travail of soul.”
― Charles Grandison Finney

“It is better to wake up five hundred Christians than to convert five hundred sinners, for if five hundred Christians really wake up, they will win more than five hundred sinners.”
― Vance Havner, A Treasury of Vance Havner, Twentieth-Century Prophet, Preacher, Pilgrim

“Many ministries spend more time defending the faith than propagating it. Or they may give an inordinate amount of energy and attention to matters such as prophecy or spiritual gifts or creation and evolution. A church may become enamored with the mechanics of ministry and church organization. There are innumerable reasons that critical doctrines of grace and justification and conversion, though strongly held, are kept “on the shelf.” They are not preached and communicated in such a way that connects to people’s lives. People see the doctrines — yet they do not see them. It is possible to get an “A” grade on a doctrinal test and describe accurately the doctrines of our salvation, yet be blind to their true implications and power. In this sense, there are plenty of orthodox churches in which the gospel must be rediscovered and then brought home and applied to people’s hearts. When this happens, nominal Christians get converted, lethargic and weak Christians become empowered, and nonbelievers are attracted to the newly beautified Christian congregation.”
― Timothy Keller, Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City

“Only when we live, walk, behave, and have our being altogether in our spirit, not in our natural man, are we in the kingdom of God and, in reality, are the kingdom of God.”
― Witness Lee, The Holy Word for Morning Revival – Aspects of the Christian Life and Church Life Seen in the New Jerusalem

“There is need of a great revival of spiritual life, of true fervent devotion to our Lord Jesus, of entire consecration to His service. It is only in a Church in which this spirit of revival has at least begun, that there is any hope of any very radical change in the relation of the majority of our Christian people to mission work.”
― Andrew Murray, The Key to the Missionary Problem [Illustrated]

“Revival begins by Christians getting right first and then spills over into the world.”
― Charles H. Spurgeon

“again…History shows that revival begins with the Christians being brought to their knees. It is a flood of deep conviction, purging and repentance aimed at “cleaning out” the church and restoring her to New Testament purity and power.”
― Andrew Strom, KUNDALINI WARNING – Are False Spirits Invading the Church?

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