There seems to be much talk about revival among pastors and leaders of denominational and parachurch ministries. Desperation for another significant move of God’s Spirit is on the rise in the Church today. However, a great deal of confusion exists as to what we mean when we use the term revival. We have additional confusion with another term that many incorrectly use as a synonym for revival: spiritual awakening. Three other issues associated with revival add to the confusion: Some churches have used the term for years to mean a set of special meetings; other groups that rally prayer for a nation will use the term to mean the spiritual renewal of that nation, and some groups equate revival to mean a display of outward manifestations. All of these uses can cause misunderstandings when we speak of revival.
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