What did Michael Hoff experience in his visit to Asbury University in Wilmore, KY? How has the Holy Spirit moved in history? What could be next with the Asbury Awakening as a renewal movement? And what about the criticism? More importantly, what about you? How might you be refreshed and renewed by the regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit?
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Go Further -- What the Asbury Awakening Can Mean for Us
Hey, Michael Hoff here. I'm passionate about Scripture and helping you gain the tools to study the Bible at a deeper level. I may be working on a PhD in Renewal Theology, but you don’t need one to meet God through his Word. Digital Theologian: 2,000 years of Analog Theology for the Digital Age. And [Jesus] said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old." (Matthew 13:52 ESV)
Consider watching this documentary about the 1970 revival at Asbury College. I feel it helps to understand the nature of the revival this Spring. The content is substantive. It was not a revival of preaching. It was sharing, confession, and witnessing, along with worship, prayer, and repentance. It spread to 120 campuses. It's said that when students shared across the country and in Canada, it was "recapitulated" in other contexts. I.e., it sparked the same type of renewal.
Revival, Reformation, Restoration, and Revolution (Frank Viola) - a challenge to take revival all the way to the revolutionary Kingdom
Asbury Awakening -- scripture for meditation, prayer, and proclamation
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15 ESV
LORD, I have heard the report about You, and I was afraid. LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years, In the midst of the years make it known. In anger remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2 NASB
Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your anger toward us to cease. Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations? Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your mercy, Lord, and grant us Your salvation. Psalm 5:4-7 NKJV
Come close to God and He will come close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8 NASB
Stellar quotes on revival and awakening
"I believe that the imperative need of the day is not simply revival, but a radical reformation that will go to the root of our moral and spiritual maladies and deal with causes rather than with consequences, with the disease rather than with the symptoms …." -- A.W. Tozer in Keys to the Deeper Life, originally published in 1957
"A revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God." -- Charles Finney
"We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again." -- G Campbell Morgan
"Reformation is a return to the sound doctrine of the Bible. Revival is the practice of that sound doctrine under the power of the Holy Spirit." -- Francis Schaeffer
"Revival is the visitation of God which brings to life Christians who have been sleeping and restores a deep sense of God's near presence and holiness. Thence springs a vivid sense of sin and a profound exercise of heart in repentance, praise, and love, with an evangelistic outflow." -- J.I. Packer
"I continue to dream and pray about a revival of holiness in our day that moves forth in mission and creates authentic community in which each person can be unleashed through the empowerment of the Spirit to fulfill God's creational intentions." -- John Wesley