What does revival look like? Revival is a recovery for the better, a resurgence, an awakening, a restoration– a turning of the tide.
1734 was the start of the Great Awakening, led through the outreach of Jonathan Edwards and continued by others.
1800 was the second Great Awakening marked by the camp meeting revivals.
1875 began the Great Revival of which Dwight L. Moody was a part. These urban revivals continued for years.
There have been other movements and great leaders through the years, but we now are at a point again in our culture where there is a sense of the need for revival. There is a dry land and a desire for more.
We hear talk about living in a post-Christian society or the spiritually dead areas of the country. But what if that is the Enemy’s greatest weapon- leading us into discouragement? Even in those areas proclaimed as dead, some of the greatest signs of life are there. Pastors and prayer networks are rising up to shine the light and hope of the Gospel.
Woody White, who is leading a ministry that trains pastors in the New England area, shared an example of how over 70 pastors are coming from Rhode Island to partake in further training, despite the overall picture painted of Rhode Island being independent and secular. There is life, and not just little signs, there is beautiful, flourishing growth.
So let’s move towards that. The Moody Center is built from a vision that we want to bring light to this heritage of faith and use it to empower ministries and leaders. Looking at the revivals across time, perhaps we always are ripe for revival, but it requires a place for ideas to blossom and those willing to say yes to the call. We want to build that type of hub, to be part of the effort that breaks the dam to bring revival again.
In today’s culture, revival is not tent meetings and altar calls. Part of what may be the turning of the tide that we need is great scholars developed, those who can understand and defend the faith. We need places where people can come ask the hard questions and see an authentic faith lived. There is much to develop still, but we are seizing the opportunity.
Are you looking for revival? Tell us what you think some of the next steps are or what you are praying for.
To join in this powerful heritage of faith, The Moody Center is available for you to host a prayer gathering or meeting, and come learn more about one of America’s great revival figures.