Revival and Renewal Yesterday and Today
I’m delighted to be speaking this coming Saturday night at an event called Awaken 2012. The meeting, which is modeled after David Platt’s Secret Church events, is being hosted by the College and Singles Ministry at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, Florida. The church’s college minister, Daniel Butson, is a former student of mine at Southeastern. The church’s senior pastor, Stephen Rummage, is a former SEBTS faculty member and was my preaching professor.
The theme for the event is Revival and Renewal Yesterday and Today, which is a topic close to my heart. I teach on revival every semester in Church History II. I’ve also had the chance to teach a Ph.D. seminar on the History and Theology of Spiritual Awakenings as well as co-teach a M.Div. version of the class with my colleague Alvin Reid. At Awaken 2012, I’ll be giving three biographical messages on Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, and George Whitefield. In those messages, I hope to apply insights from the lives of these three men to contemporary evangelicals. It’s my hope that learning about revivals from days gone by might cause us to yearn for revival in the days to come.
While I rarely do this on my blog, I want to ask readers to pray that the Lord would bless Awaken 2012. Pray that the Lord would give me wisdom as I finish up the messages in the next couple of days and unction as I speak to the several hundred (mostly) young adults attending the event. Pray for Daniel and his team as they finalize preparations for the event. Pray for the worship band, Bellarive, who will be leading us in musical worship that evening. Finally, pray that the Lord would stir the hearts of all those who are at Awaken 2012, bringing personal renewal that might blossom into revivals in our local churches and spiritual awakenings in our communities.