Revival brings times of reaping. Those in your community who have seemed unreachable could melt as a result of seeing changed lives about them. When the church gets right… evangelism flourishes.
Describing conviction and the wonderful soul winning climate of The Great Awakening, Jonathan Edwards wrote: “There scarcely was a single person in the town, old or young, left unconcerned about the great things of the eternal world. Those who were wont to be the vainest and loosest, and those who had been most disposed to think and speak lightly of vital and experimental religion, were now generally subject to great awakenings. And the work of conversion was carried on in a most astonishing manner and increased more and more; souls did as it were come by flocks to Jesus Christ. From day to day, for many months together, might be seen evident instances of sinners brought out of darkness into marvelous light and delivered out of a horrible pit and from the miry clay, and set upon a rock, with a new song of praise to God in their mouths (Psalm 40:1-3).
“This work of God, as it was carried on, and the number of true saints multiplied, soon made a glorious alteration in the town… It was a time of joy in families on account of salvation being brought unto them; parents rejoicing over their children as new-born, and husbands over their wives and wives over their husbands.” Sound good?
It can happen again!