*** Before I share a study from more than 40 years ago about revival, I want to address some of the ‘revivals’ that are going on in our country right now (2018).

Many modern revivals are focused on evangelism. That’s similar to what I remember as a child in church in the 1950’s and as a young Christian in the 1970’s. The emphasis was and still is on salvation.

Some of today’s revivals are focused on church membership – getting people back in church after a time away from attending services.

Other ‘revivals’ are focused on politics,  making changes in government and getting voters to the polls. I read about one “progressive Christian” group that is focused on “flipping” Congress in November’s elections. I say “progressive Christian” because of the identity of the leaders. [More information about these leaders is available here and here.] The group is holding rallies across the country for the express purpose of voting one particular political party out of power.

“Let’s get Biblical instead of Republican this voting cycle and vote for the common good that will be a direct result of flipping Congress!” Vote Common Good

What does it mean to “get Biblical” when talking about revival? Here is the outline from a radio program script from the mid-1970’s. Let’s see how it approaches the question about “Biblical” revival. ***


Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

These teaching notes are from a study about Revival.

[These notes are from a study taught on the radio more than 40 years ago. The notes are in outline form.]

Keys To Revival

A. Love

  1. For God
  2. For the Brethren
  3. For the Lost

B. Obedience: To every word that is spoken by God in His Word

C. Sacrifice

  1. Of Life
  2. Of Time
  3. Of Energy
  4. Of Talents
  5. Of Personal Desires
  6. Of Personal Rights
  7. Of Personal Expectations

D. Servant’s Heart: Toward God and Man

Biblical Revivals and Awakenings

  • 1 Samuel 7:5-6
  • I Kings 18:21-40
  • II Chronicles 30
  • Ezra 10
  • Luke 3:2-14
  • John 4:28-42
  • Acts 2
  • Acts 8:5-8
  • Acts 9:35
  • Acts 11:21
  • Acts 13:48
  • Acts 18:8
  • Acts 19:18-20
  • Isaiah 35:6
  • Lamentations 3:40
  • Hosea 6:2
  • Hosea 14:2
  • Zechariah 8:21
  • I Kings 15:12
  • II Kings 10:27
  • II Kings 11:18
  • II Kings 23:4
  • II Chronicles 31:1
  • II Chronicles 33:15
  • Ezra 10:3
  • Nehemiah 13:19
  • II Chronicles 29:15
  • Matthew 21:12
  • John 2:15

Revival Specifics

  1. Revival is a new and desperate love for Jesus Christ.
  2. Revival is a deep love and hungering for the Word of God.
  3. Revival is a complete obedience to God’s Word
  4. Revival is an active and living faith in God and His Word
  5. Revival is a complete sacrifice of life, goals, desires, rights and personal expectations
  6. Revival is a totally disciplined life
  7. Revival is a life full of prayer and fasting
  8. Revival is a true humbled spirit — a broken and contrite heart
  9. Revival is a servant’s heart — preferring others better than yourself
  10. Revival is having all personal values directed by the Holy Spirit
  11. Revival is having all personal motives directed by the Holy Spirit
  12. Revival is total honesty before God and every man
  13. Revival is complete transparency of heart and life
  14. Revival is having clean hands and a pure heart before the Lord
  15. Revival is having a clear conscience toward God and toward every man
  16. Revival is the joy of the Lord filling us in the morning — sustaining us through the day
  17. Revival is God’s new, fresh vitalization of the Church
  18. Revival is the resurrection life of Christ coursing through the Church
  19. Revival is the Church crowding the upper room in mighty conquering power
  20. Revival is our mouth filled with laughter and our tongue with singing
  21. Revival is the falling of God’s fire upon the Church
  22. Revival is the reentry of Jesus Christ into prominence in His Church
  23. Revival is the new beginning of obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit
  24. Revival is times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord
  25. Revival is the Church filled with all the fulness of God
  26. Revival is walking in the light and experiencing the power of the Blood of Christ
  27. Revival is the renewal of the wonderful works of Christ in His Church
  28. Revival is being loosed from the grave clothes of formality into the new life of the liberating Spirit
  29. Revival is the people of God enjoying one hundred percent spiritual life through their great high Priest
  30. Revival is the Church “saying so”
  31. Revival is the sovereign, supernatural, spontaneous outworking of God’s Holy Spirit
  32. Revival is the lamp stands burning brightly, beautifying Christ in their midst to a lost and dying world
  33. Revival is experiencing daily brokenness before the wondrous Cross of Christ
  34. Revival is the backslider restored to his or her first love
  35. Revival is great grace on the Church for great power in witnessing
  36. Revival is the beauty of holiness adorning the Church
  37. Revival is sowing in tears and reaping in joy
  38. Revival is taking the yoke of Christ upon us to learn of the Servant’s heart
  39. Revival is experiencing the opening of Heaven’s windows
  40. Revival is the people of God living in the power of an ungrieved, unquenched Spirit

Revival is True Discipleship!