Ken Connolly delivers this stirring two-part examination of the Revival of 1859, including important historical examples and a biblical definition of true revival. Here are some excerpts: “What is a revival?” asks Connolly. “It is the sovereign, sudden, selective, sensational operation of the Spirit of God. It descends amid prayer, produces purity, and reaches the perishing. First,” Ken begins, “it is sovereign. There is nothing man can do to pull it down or to pump it up. Books by good men have been written on how to have a revival. Godly, dedicated people have put the principles into practice but have never experienced revival. Revival is alone in God’s sovereign will. Jesus spoke more distinctly when he said to Nicodemus, ‘the wind bloweth where it listeth.’ Second,” Connolly continues, “it is sudden. It is possible that a man can go with a burden of sin and endure it for a long time. But during a revival, there comes a moment when it is unbearable. Can you imagine a dignified, well-dressed woman in the middle of the city, in the middle of the block, in the middle of the street, in the middle of the day, suddenly falling on her knees and crying from the agony of her heart, ‘Oh, God, have mercy on me.’ And when astonished people come to see what is happening, she turns to them and appeals, ‘Can any of you lead me to Christ?’ It is that suddenly that revival comes to the soul.”
Now re-mastered from VHS originals, this powerful program is perhaps even more needed today than when it was first produced. Ken Connolly went home to be with the Lord a few years ago, but he surely would have recommended this program as an antidote to the spectacles of today that substitute man-made media sensations for a true moving of the Holy Spirit.