Below is a GREAT video of Tim Keller as he explains a Biblical Theology of Revival. As soon as I listened to (via podcast) and watched this teaching, my heart jumped. Below the video is a brief outline of the whole talk.
2 Approaches to revival:
- Frontier = scheduled revival (revivalism)
- Pentecostal = focus on the coming of the extraordinary gifts (healing, tongues, etc)
Biblical Definition of Revival = Intensification of the ordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Conviction of sin
- Giving of assurance
- Sanctification (holy living)
During a Revival (Beautifies the Church):
- Sleepy Christians wake up (brings repentance, conviction of sin, assurance)
- Nominal Christians get converted
- Hard to reach non-Christians get brought to the faith
Theological Marks of Revival:
- Some version of a sense in which the Gospel is recovered from error (between legalism and antinomianism – the Gospel become center)
- Sense of repentance
- Anointed corporate worship
- Always Church growth
- Extraordinary prayer (beyond the ordinary – praying for kingdom advancement and less on needs)
- NOTE: Keller is not talking about programs
How do you get revival?
- Keller answers – You go after the above theological marks. You seek to recover the Gospel. You ask for anointed worship… And whether God sends it or not is actually up to Him.