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What Is It and What Does It Look Like?

 with Dr. Tommy Kidd

Recently secular and religious news agencies alike reported on a revival at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky in which students spontaneously were led to worship, confess sin, and commit their lives to the Lord.  This revival continued for days and soon people from around the country traveled to Asbury to witness this spiritual experience. This has led many to ask questions like, “What is revival?”  “What should a revival look like?,” “Should we be praying for revival in America and around the world?” “What is a biblical definition of revival?”

In this pre-recorded interview, respected Church historian, Dr. Tommy Kidd, who has studied and written on revivals in American history will help us better define the subject of revival both from a biblical and historical perspective.  He’ll also help us understand our role and the role of the Holy Spirit when true revival or spiritual awakening occurs. If you long to see a new movement of the Spirit in your life and the world around you, you won’t want to miss this interview with Dr. Kidd.

Date:  Friday, October 20, 2023
Speaker:  Dr. Thomas Kidd
Time:  8:00 – 9:15 pm ET
Location:  Virtual


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In this third question and answer session of the Rediscovering the Ministry of the Holy Spirit series, Dr. Josh Moody discusses praying for revival and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and how that looks in his life.

Beginning with a brief survey of revivals and evangelists of the 18th century Great Awakening, Richard Lovelace explores revivalism in the 19th century and explains the impact the church can have in society when revivals result in a unified church.

Dr. Michael McClymond served as the sole editor of the 700,000-word Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America, 2 vols. (2007).  This reference work is the most extensive academic publication to date on Christian revivals. In this audio message Dr. McClymond shares how biblical truth serves as the basis for revival. This is part of the series on "Spiritual Awakening: Past Lessons Future Hope".

Through prayer God prepares our hearts, homes, and communities for revival. In this audio message, Dr. Michael McClymond continues his series on "Spiritual Awakening: Past Lessons Future Hope".

Enjoy this audio message from Michael McClymond on Seek and You Will Find: Prayer As the Preparation for Revival - Session 3b. This is part of the series on "Spiritual Awakening: Past Lessons Future Hope".

"It was exactly 12 noon on September 23, 1857—a little more than 100 years ago. A tall, middle-aged former businessman climbed creaking stairs to the third story of an old church building in the heart of lower New York City..."

"On a bleak and wintry day in 1794 twenty-three New England ministers sat down together to consider a problem that was pressing heavily upon them. They were disturbed about the spiritual condition of their country..."

"The tall massive man with the hypnotic eyes bent low over his pulpit. “You who are now willing,” he said, “to pledge to me and to Christ that you will immediately make your peace with God, please rise up..."

Thomas Kidd

Dr. Thomas Kidd is a research professor of Church History at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MS. He has authored numerous books on the role of religion in American history, including a recent biography titled, Thomas Jefferson: A Biography of Spirit and Flesh. His articles have been published in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Gospel Coalition. Dr. Kidd received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Clemson University, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame where he worked with leading historian of religion, George Marsden.


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