REVIVAL LECTURES

By Charles G. Finney


LECTURE I. - WHAT A REVIVAL OF RELIGION IS.

What a revival of religion is not - What it is - The agencies employed in promoting it.

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 - Objections answered.

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 administered.

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 experience.

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.