Mar 19, 2015

Campus, Reach

Episode 40: FireFall – Why Historical Revivals Matter to College Ministry

Dr. Alvin Reid, Professor and Chair at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is an expert on revivals and awakenings throughout history. In this podcast, he shares an overview of several of these movements, and why they are important for college ministry today.

Dr. Alvin Reid
// Professor and Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary @alvinreid

Key Questions:

  • How does a “revival” differ from an “awakening”?
  • How significant of a role have college students have played in the history of revival and awakening?
  • What has been the role of prayer in historical revivals?

Notable Points:

  • “Revival is a movement of God, on the people of God, creating a fresh passion for God, that leads to an advancement of the gospel.”
  • The story of history is that college-aged people lead the movement during seasons of revival. “The Great Awakening was a youth movement.” – Jonathan Edwards
  • Studying the stories of awakenings of the past can help collegiate ministers and students understand how God may be at work today.
  • “A sailor doesn’t produce or control the wind, but a good sailor knows how to harness the wind to move the boat forward.”
  • “The Church was born in a prayer meeting” (Acts 1)

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about the author

Alvin Reid

Alvin L. Reid (born 1959) serves as Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he has been since 1995. He is also the founding Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism. Alvin and his wife Michelle have two married children: Joshua and his wife Jacqueline, and Hannah and her husband Corey.