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Characteristics of Leaders of The Great Awakening

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  “For Honest Self Examination” is the title of  this post by Roy Ortlund . Review the qualities of the leaders of the Great Awakening and see why.

May we all embrace the grace to develop the moral strength of  such convictional characteristics.

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Horatius Bonar, writing the preface to John Gillies’ Accounts of Revival regarding the leaders of the Great Awakening, proposed that men useful to the Holy Spirit for revival are marked in these nine ways:

1.  They are in earnest: “They lived and labored and preached like men on whose lips the immortality of thousands hung.”

2.  They are bent on success: “As warriors, they set their hearts on victory and fought with the believing anticipation of triumph, under the guidance of such a Captain as their head.”

3.  They are men of faith: “They knew that in due season they should reap, if they fainted not.”

4.  They are men of labor: “Their lives are the annals of incessant, unwearied toil of body and soul; time, strength, substance, health, all they were and possessed they freely offered to the Lord, keeping back nothing, grudging nothing.”

5.  They are men of patience: “Day after day they pursued what, to the eye of the world, appeared a thankless and fruitless round of toil.”

6.  They are men of boldness: “Timidity shuts many a door of usefulness and loses many a precious opportunity; it wins no friends, while it strengthens every enemy.  Nothing is lost by boldness, nor gained by fear.”

7.  They are men of prayer: “They were much alone with God, replenishing their own souls out of the living fountain, that out of them might flow to their people rivers of living water.”

8.  They are men of strong doctrine: “Their preaching seems to have been of the most masculine and fearless kind, falling on the audience with tremendous power.  It was not vehement, it was not fierce, it was not noisy; it was far too solemn to be such; it was massive, weighty, cutting, piercing, sharper than a two-edged sword.”

9.  They are men of deep spirituality: “No frivolity, no flippancy . . . . The world could not point to them as being but slightly dissimilar from itself.”

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/rayortlund/2010/11/24/for-honest-self-examination/

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Posted by on November 24, 2010 in character, quotes

 

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One response to “Characteristics of Leaders of The Great Awakening

  1. Erik

    November 25, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Fantastic list…especially #8>/b>:

    “Their preaching seems to have been of the most masculine and fearless kind, falling on the audience with tremendous power. It was not vehement, it was not fierce, it was not noisy; it was far too solemn to be such; it was massive, weighty, cutting, piercing, sharper than a two-edged sword.”

    How this type of preaching contrasts and is so foreign in most of the preaching we hear from many pulpits today. Back then, there was such a high-view of preaching and the proclamation of the Word of God. Now? Well, some churches just want to get you settled into a “home group” or Sunday school class and that is where you get the meat of the Word, while the Sunday morning gathering is geared towards the new believer or the “seeker”.

    May God raise up men with these Great Awakening characteristics in our day.

    Soli Deo Gloria!

     

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