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Firefall 2.0: How God Has Shaped History Through Revivals (Gospel Advance Books) (Volume 4) Paperback – June 8, 2014
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Alvin L. Reid serves as Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry and the Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Malcolm McDow is retired professor of evangelism from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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Have you ever considered that the day God used Moses to bring Israel out of Egypt, He also instituted within them the spirit of revival?
What about Elijah and his standoff on Mt Carmel with the prophets of Baal… have you ever thought of that fire fall from heaven that consumed the sacrifice and the altar that day as the moment of the beginning of a revival within a nation?
What about that day in the upper room when the disciples of Christ gathered together and waited for the promise of their Lord to come and the tongue as of fire filled the room and ignited with them a fervency that led them to leave the locked doors of the upper room and fill the streets of Jerusalem proclaiming the salvation found only in the gospel of Jesus Christ?
As I read through this book, I for the first time realized what happened to me on December 9, 2001. I have wondered for years whether that was my true salvation experience or if it was something else… I just started calling it, “wholly surrendered” because I didn’t know what else to call it.
The thoughts/teachings of some that it was a second baptism of the Holy Spirit didn’t theological measure up for me because God is quite clear that…
There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:4-6)
So as I read through this book Reid and McDow spoke of revival… I knew then that was what I experienced that day… revival. A revival that began that day and has carried me these thirteen years… and now I find that once again I am in need of revival… and I trust that my God will deliver… so I wait once again for the fire fall.
This is definitely a good read… and I would even say a must read for anyone who is seeking revival. One of my favorite perspectives within the pages of this book is the truth that revival will not come apart from prayer and repentance.
While not exhaustive, McDow and Reid provide an overview of all the major spiritual awakenings ("jumper cables") from the Old Testament to present day North America. Defining awakenings, or revivals, as "God's interaction with his people in order to energize them spiritually," they note the impact that the people of God have in the larger culture when they are energized and renewed in their relationship and walk with the Lord.
As they note these awakenings and the larger cultural impact of them, they also note the main ingredients that were present. These ingredients are: an awesome respect for a sovereign God, gospel centrality, brokenness over sin, and a passion for the glory of God. While revival or renewal is about God renewing his people as they rekindle their fire and passion for him, one of the by-products of revival is that God, through his people, ignites new life in others. I believe that FireFall 2.0 will be a "jumper cable" of a resource for the 21st Century church as they pray and position themselves for a fresh awakening (ignition) of the presence and power of God as he empowers them to live for his glory and advance his great gospel.