Lectures on Revival
Charles Grandison Finney
LECTURE I. - WHAT A REVIVAL OF RELIGION IS.
What a revival of religion is not - What it is - The agencies employed in
LECTURE II. - WHEN A REVIVAL IS TO BE EXPECTED.
When a revival is needed - The importance of a revival when
it is needed - When a revival of religion may be expected.
LECTURE III. - HOW TO PROMOTE A REVIVAL.
What it is to break up the fallow ground - How it is to be performed.
LECTURE IV. - PREVAILING PRAYER.
What is effectual or prevailing prayer - Some of the most essential
attributes of prevailing prayer - Some reasons why God requires this
kind of prayer - That such prayer will avail much
LECTURE V. - THE PRAYER OF FAITH.
Faith an indispensable condition of prevailing prayer - What it is we are
to believe when we pray - When we are bound to exercise this faith -
This kind of faith in prayer always obtains the blessing sought - How we
are to come into the state of mind in which we can exercise such faith -
LECTURE VI. - THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER.
What Spirit is spoken of in the passage: "The Spirit also helpeth our
infirmities" - What that Spirit does for us - Why He does what the text
declares Him to do - How He accomplishes it - The degrees of His
influences - How His influences are to be distinguished from the
influences of evil spirits - Who have a right to expect His influences
LECTURE VII. - ON BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT.
Individuals may have the Spirit of God - It is their duty to be filled with
the Spirit - Why the Spirit is not obtained - The guilt of those who
have not the Spirit of God - The consequences of having the Spirit. -
The consequences that will follow not having the Spirit
LECTURE VIII. - MEETINGS FOR PRAYER.
The design of prayer meetings - The manner of conducting them -
Several things that will defeat the design of holding them.
LECTURE IX. - MEANS TO BE USED WITH SINNERS.
On what particular points Christians are to testify for God - The manner
in which they are to testify
LECTURE X. - TO WIN SOULS REQUIRES WISDOM.
How Christians should deal with careless sinners - How they should deal
with awakened sinners, and with convicted sinners
LECTURE XI. - A WISE MINISTER WILL BE SUCCESSFUL
A right discharge of the duties of a minister requires great wisdom - The
amount of success in the discharge of his duties (other things being equal)
decides the amount of wisdom employed by him.
LECTURE XII. - HOW TO PREACH THE GOSPEL.
Several passages of Scripture ascribe conversion to man - This is
consistent with other passages which ascribe conversion to God - Several
important particulars in regard to preaching the Gospel
LECTURE XIII. - HOW CHURCHES CAN HELP MINISTERS.
The importance of the cooperation of the Church in producing and
carrying on a revival - Several things which Churches must do, if they
would promote a revival and aid their ministers
LECTURE XIV. - MEASURES TO PROMOTE REVIVALS.
God has established no particular system of measures to be employed -
Our present forms of public worship have been arrived at by a succession
of new measures
LECTURE XV. - HINDRANCES TO REVIVALS.
A revival of religion is a great work - Several things which may put a
stop to it - What must be done for the continuance of a revival
LECTURE XVI. - THE NECESSITY AND EFFECT OF UNION.
We are to be agreed in prayer - We are likewise to be agreed in everything
that is essential to the blessing we seek
LECTURE XVII. - FALSE COMFORTS FOR SINNERS.
The necessity and design of instructing anxious sinners - Anxious sinners
are always seeking comfort - The false comforts that are often
LECTURE XVIII. - DIRECTIONS TO SINNERS.
What is a proper direction to be given to sinners when they make inquiry
for salvation - What is a proper answer to such inquiry - Several errors
into which anxious sinners are apt to fall
LECTURE XIX. - INSTRUCTIONS TO CONVERTS.
Several things to be considered in regard to the hopes of young converts -
Several things respecting their making a profession of religion - The
importance of having correct instruction given to young converts - What
should not be taught - What things are necessary to be taught
LECTURE XX. - INSTRUCTIONS TO CONVERTS (continued).
Other points on which young converts ought to be instructed - How
young converts should be treated by the Church - Some of the evils
resulting from defective instruction in the first stages of Christian
LECTURE XXI. - THE BACKSLIDER IN HEART.
What backsliding in heart is not - What it is - What are its evidences -
What are its consequences - How to recover from such a state.
LECTURE XXII. - GROWTH IN GRACE.
What grace is - What the injunction to "grow in grace" does not mean -
What it does mean - Conditions of growth in grace - What is not proof
of growth - What is proof - How to grow in grace