Revival Paperback – 1 Jan 1986
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Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), minister of Westminster Chapel in London for 30 years, was one of the foremost preachers of his day. His many books have brought profound spiritual encouragement to millions around the world.
J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Once these hindrances are addressed, MLJ gets into what happens in a revival and from that point on, you feel that you must experience these outpourings of the Holy Spirit that the Doctor describes. His amazing expositions of Scripture inspire you to look for other texts in the Bible that represent revival.
One unique teaching of MLJ is that God sends and ends revival on His own terms. Once again, he gives all the glory to God, whereas other teachers ONLY talk about what WE need to do for God to send revival. Lloyd-Jones differs from that teaching by explaining that God is sovereign in all things, ESPECIALLY when and where, and for how long, He chooses to bless us with an overwhelming sense of His presence.
Based upon that fact, MLJ always comes back to the fact that we do not have to wait on a massive worldwide revival to experience the love and presence of God. The individual Christian can experience these things, if only we seek the Lord with all of our heart.
For an even better experience of the Doctor's preaching, order these sermons on CD from Soundword in the U.S. or the MLJ Recording Trust in the UK.
"I beseech thee, show me thy glory." - Ex 33:18
I was greatly inspired by this book to diligently pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, in a time where Christianity is defined by music, style, large congregations and buildings. Inspite of all the 'cool' things people do today in churches to attract crowds, there is no life in the worship. To a large extent, churches are spiritually dead today.
The Bridgegroom(Christ) has gone far away from his bride(the church), and our prayer to Him should be to have mercy on her, visit her, cleanse her, revive her and rejoice in her.
MLJ's exposition of this verse was a delight to me.
You who call on the LORD,
give yourselves no rest,
and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth.
Praise God for pastors such as MLJ.
Using the Welsh Revival of 1859 as an example, as well as some very profound typology from Exodus and Isaiah, Dr. Lloyd-Jones delineats the general principals of what a revival is (as well as what it isn't), hinderences to revival, and, above all the Soverignty of God in sending a revival. There is one purpose of revival, and that is to bring God glory. I know that this flies in the face of all of the popular notions of revival; a church being set afire, the USA repenting, etc. etc. But after reading this epic work you will come to understand the glory of God more deeply and appreciate this more fully.
The only criticism I have of this book is that Dr. Lloyd-Jones relies exclusively on historical examples to illustrate the biblical principles of revival. No where in the book does he share any personal experience he has had with this spiritual phenomenon; his work is totally a recounting of history.
What made Frank J. Bartleman's Azusa Street so compelling is that he was writing from an eye witness point of view. He could relate first hand, what the visitations from the Lord were like, he could give us a glimpse of the closeness of his fellowship, he could reveal just how hot the revival fire burned in his own soul. There is no indication in this book that D. Martyn-Lloyd had ever had a supernatural experience with God, although I give him a lot of credit for meticulously proving revival from history and taking a stand on it. Too many denominations today teach that the days of miracles are passed. I don't believe this for a second.
I do not want my comments to disuade any reader interested in revival from buying this work. It is still well written, and I believe, carries with it the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. You will find a great deal which will feed your hungry soul and drive you to seek a revival for your own heart and life. I am not waiting for some big revival of Christianity to take place (although this is not promised in the Bible) before I get closer to God. I want a revival of my own soul, and I want it now.
Although this book is losing its contemporary feel, it is not outdated at all. Lloyd-Jones' critique of his culture is true for our culture today. An important outcome of this book for readers is that it points us to God for revival rather than any human initiatives for "church growth" or evangelism. Revival, as described by Lloyd-Jones, comes from God and has overwhelmingly supernatural consequences.
Lloyd-Jones was trained to be a medical doctor when the Lord called him to preach. He witnessed a genuine move of God's Spirit in his first pastorate with the church secretary and his wife among the first converts. Later, Lloyd-Jones pastored Westminster Chapel in London for twenty-five years and became regarded by many as the finest Bible expositor of our day.
This book, like all of his, was taken from actual sermons he preached. The occasion of these sermons was the hundredth anniversary of the Welsh Revival of 1859. After opening with a message on the need for revival, the next seven chapters identify hinderences to revival. Then he devotes several chapters to the characteristics of revival by analyzing the great revivals of the past. According to Lloyd-Jones our motive in praying for revival should be a concern for the glory of God and he devotes several chapters to this theme. Many times in history the Church has seemed about finished when it has caught a fresh glimpse of God's glory.
Lloyd-Jones takes exception to the teachings of Charles Finney that revival can be produced by doing certain things and fulfilling certain conditions. This emphasis denies the sovereignty of God and drives the conscientious to despair. Lloyd-Jones said, "When the next revival comes, it will be a surprise to everybody, and especially to those who have been trying to organize it." He advises the Church to keep on with her activities, but to pray for the Spirit to come and make our work effective.
This seemed to be the attitude of John Wesley in conversing with a Quaker. The Quaker asked, "Wilt thee speak if the Spirit moves thee?" Wesley replied, "No, I will speak that the Spirit may move me." One extreme is to do nothing and expect the Lord to do it all; the other extreme is to dot it all in our "might and power." Lloyd-Jones says we should keep working for the Lord AND praying for revival. When it comes, more will happen in an hour than in a hundred years of our efforts alone.