Revival Accounts 2

An Account from Acworth, New Hampshire 1815 – 1818

Nothing has appeared like a revival in this town until 1814. In this year the Rev. P. Cook was ordained. At the first communion after his consecrations, sixteen offered themselves to the church. Immediately after this, instances of individual conviction made their appearance in different parts of the society and one and another were made to rejoice in God. A solemn and strict attention was paid to the word preached, and the good work progressed gradually until September 1816 in which time about sixty were added to the church. Every seat in the house of God was filled, but not with drowsy inattentive hearers, but with awakened immortals, hanging on the lips of the speaker with almost breathless attention; looking as if their everlasting all depended on the proper improvement of a single sermon. Neither were the people satisfied with attending merely on the duties of the sanctuary. Conference meetings were established in different parts of the society, and were attended with increasing interest.

RS Notes:

1. Conviction of sin began to appear.

2. People paid a solemn and strict attention to the word preached.

3. Every seat in the house of God was filled.

4. People were not drowsy and inattentive.

5. People listened to the preaching with breathless attention.

6. People listened to sermons with eternity and their own souls in view.

7. People were not satisfied by simply attending the services at church.

8. When God visits His people and His presence becomes “felt” and known, the preaching changes and the people listening change. Eternity begins to be seen as something real and even present.

9. If all of these things are true about true revival, then our day is falling far short of anything like that. We must be under a judgment of God and He has turned His back on us. We must earnestly seek Him to turn to us and to come and pour out His Spirit upon us.

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