Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Apostolic times today

"The history of [the Northampton revival written by Jonathan Edwards], having been extensively circulated, produced a general conviction in the minds of Christians that the preaching of the gospel might be attended by effects not less surprising than those which followed it in apostolic times. This conviction produced an important change in the views and conduct both of ministers and churches."

S. E. Dwight, quoted in A. Skevington Wood, The Inextinguishable Blaze, page 62.

How would we ministers and churches change, if we were possessed by the conviction that our gospel preaching might work with power so surprising it would have to be compared with apostolic times? What difference would that conviction make in us right now, before seeing evidences of revival? What would we give up? What would we embrace? What price would we pay in advance? What benefits would we begin receiving immediately?

Edwards' narrative is available here.