Category Archives: revival

Thomas Watson – The Kingdom of Heaven Taken By Violence

How may one do to offer violence to himself in mortifying the flesh? 1. Withdraw the fuel that may make lust burn. Avoid all temptations. Take heed of that which doth nourish sin. He who would suppress the gout or stone, avoids those meats which are noxious. They who pray that they may not be led into temptation, must not lead themselves into temptation. 2. Fight against fleshly lusts with spiritual weapons: faith and prayer. The best way to combat with sin is, upon our knees.

Taking Heaven by Storm

George Whitefield – Don’t Be Discouraged by Scoffs and Contempt of Wicked Men

Let none of these things move you; for, though you are thus treated here, consider, you shall in heaven have no discouraging company, nor any but what will be an assistance to you; you will have no scoffer there, all will be ready to join with heart and voice in your everlasting joy and praises.

Do Not be Discouraged by Scoffing and Contempt of Wicked Men

Jonathan Edwards – The Winepress of the Fierceness and Wrath of Almighty God.

Revelation 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Preached April 1734

Sermon manuscript text is here. http://edwards.yale.edu/archive?path=aHR0cDovL2Vkd2FyZHMueWFsZS5lZHUvY2dpLWJpbi9uZXdwaGlsby9nZXRvYmplY3QucGw/Yy40NzoxMi53amVv

The Winepress of the Fierceness and Wrath of Almighty God

Tom Sullivan – The Great Awakening and the Expulsion of Jonathan Edwards?

If the Great Awakening was so “great” why was Jonathan Edwards’s the theologian of the revival, dismissed from his own pulpit? An Examination of Charles Hodge’s analysis of The Great Revival. Hodge wrote, “This fact demonstrates that there must have been something wrong in these revivals, even under the eye and guidance of Edwards, from the beginning. There must have been many spurious conversions and much false religion which at the time were regarded as genuine. This assumption is nothing more than the facts demand, nor more than Edwards himself frequently acknowledged.” 

Great Awakening and Jonathan Edwards’s Dismissal

The Revivals of 1858 in Manhattan, and 1859 in Ireland

This is the stories of two prayer meetings. One was in New York City led by Jeremiah Lanphier, the other in County Antrim Ireland led by James McQuilkin. Both prayer meetings began in September of 1857, but neither knew of the existence of the other.  Revival spread greatly from these two prayer gatherings. The class started off with a video from the NYC revival, and due to audio quality and possible copyrights, it was replaced with the narration of the first paragraphs of Samuel Prime’s The Power of Prayer and in an introduction to Jeremiah Lanphier.

Revivals of 1858 and 1859 in NYC and Ireland

James McGready – The Sinner’s Guide to Hell – about 1800

From an online Encyclopedia: ” James McGready 1763-1815

In 1793 McGready was ordained by the Orange Presbytery and assigned to the pastorates of the Stony Creek and Haw River Presbyterian churches. n 1796 his pulpit was removed from the Stony Creek church and burned, and a message written in blood was sent to him threatening physical violence unless he changed his preaching emphasis. He removed to Kentucky and was used in the Great Revival in Kentucky of 1800. As one can judge here, his emphasis in his preaching did not change.

The Sinner’s Guide to Hell

John Owen – The Severity of God in Dealing with Sinful Nations 1

It is a part and duty of spiritual wisdom, as also an evidence of a due reverence of God, to take notice of extraordinary occurrences in the dispensations of his providence; for they are instructive warnings, and of great importance in his government of the world. In them the “voice of the Lord crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see his name.” And there is a mark left on them, — as profligate persons, — who will not see when his hand is so lifted up. An example of this wisdom is given us here in our blessed Saviour, who, on the report that was made unto him of some severe providential accidents, then newly fallen out, gives an exposition of the mind of God in them, with an application of them unto the present duty of them that heard him, and ours therein.

The Severity of God in Dealing with Sinful Nations 1

John Owen – Of Temptation Chapter 6 7 8

Let a soul in such an estate awake and look about him. His enemy is at hand, and he is ready to fall into such a condition as may cost him dear all the days of his life. His present estate is bad enough in itself; but it is an indication of that which is worse that lies at the door. The disciples that were with Christ in the mount had not only a bodily, but a spiritual drowsiness upon them. What says our Savior to them? “Arise; watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.” We know how near one of them was to a bitter hour of temptation, and not watching as he ought, he immediately entered into it.

Treatise of Temptation Chapters 6 and 7