Definitions of revival

May 1st, 2009

Over the years I have heard a number of definitions of what revival is. The one I like the best comes from Charles Finney’s book “How to experience revival”. Finney says…

‘Revival is a renewed conviction of sin and repentace, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God. It is giving up one’s will to God in deep humility’.

While reading John Peters book on revival I have come across a few more definitions that I thought are worth sharing…

‘Revival is God bending down to the dying embers of a fire that is just about to go out, and breathing into it, until it bursts again into flame.’ (Christmas Evans)

‘A revival is something that can only be explained as the direct action and intervention of God.’ (Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones)

‘Revival is something above and beyond that spiritual environment and climate which we, for want of a better word, deem normal.’ (Vernon Higham)

‘In revival, God visits His people, making His presence known and revealing Himself as the holy God.  In revival people are overcome and overwhelmed by God’s love.’ (Robert Backhouse)

If we put all these definitions together we see that revival is about God intervening in a sovereign way to refresh and revive His people. As a result they live in newer and deeper level of love, commitment and awe of who God really is.