This week’s book of the week is Jonathan Edwards on Revival by Jonathan Edwards (clever title, I know). Jonathan Edwards is the preacher responsible for the message, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” He was a pretty intense cat. He also saw great revival sweep through the areas in which he worked. This book is his report on what God did.
Top 5 Thoughts:
- “Revival is God’s invitation into the lives of one or more of His people in order to awaken them spiritually for Kingdom ministry” (7).
- The spiritual climate changed around Edwards when “the young people declared themselves convinced by what they had heard from the pulpit, and were willing of themselves to comply with the counsel that had been given” (10).
- Concerning the opposition he faced during his ministry, Edwards stated, “For if we love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, we shall rejoice to see him increase, thought we should decrease” (83).
- “A work is not to be judged of by any effects on the bodies of me; such as tears, trembling, groans, loud outcries, agonies of body, or the failing of bodily strength. The influence persons are under is not to be judged of one way or other by such effects on the body; and the reason is because the Scripture nowhere gives us any such rule” (91).
- “If a preacher’s words represent the sinner’s state as infinitely dreadful, while his behavior and manner of speaking contradict it-showing that the preacher does not think so-he defeats his own purpose; for the language of his actions, in such a case, is much more effectual than the bare signification of his words” (107).