The Biblical Basis for Understanding Revival
Iain Murray has already approached the subject of revival from several historical angles. Now he confronts the biblical teaching and presents what the Bible has to say about this all-important, much-debated matter.
From Iain Murray:
“It is noteworthy that there are more books describing revivals than there are those that deal with their biblical basis. That may be because to read about revivals is more pleasant, and initially, perhaps more inspiring, than understanding the struggle to establish a biblical theology which explains and justifies the phenomenon. But in the long run it has to be the latter which is more important. This book aims to supply that lack.”
A Reader Review
“One of the few books I have read multiple times. Careful, scholarly, interesting and inspiring, it always inspires me to pray.” – Kevin Roy
- How Do We Understand “Revival”?
- Charles G. Finney: How Theology Affects Understanding of Revival
- Our Responsibility and God’s Sovereignty
- The Holy Spirit and Preaching
- The Interpretation of Experience
- Hindering Revival: Evangelical Fanaticsm
- Six Things Revival Will Bring
- 1) Extraordinary Gifts
- 2) Co-Ordination of Grace and Duty
- 3) Presbyterian Doctrine on Regeneration, Inability, and Free Agency
About the Author
Iain Hamish Murray, born in Lancashire, England, in 1931, was educated at Wallasey Grammar School and King William’s College in the Isle of Man (1945-49). He was converted in 1949 through the ministry at Hildenborough Hall, Tom and Jean Rees’ Christian conference centre in Kent. It was at Hildenborough later that same year that he first met Jean Ann Walters, who was to become his wife (they married in Edgeware on April 23, 1955).
After service with the Cameronians in Singapore and Malaya, he read Philosophy and History at the University of Durham with a view to the ministry of the English Presbyterian Church (his parents’ denomination). It was at Durham that he began to read the Puritans, whose writings were to become a lifelong passion. After a year of private study, he assisted Sidney Norton at St John’s Free Church, Oxford, in 1955–56, and it was here that The Banner of Truth magazine was launched, with Murray as its first editor.
Assisting Dr. Lloyd-Jones
From 1956 he was for three years assistant to Dr Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel and there, with the late Jack Cullum, founded the Banner of Truth Trust in 1957. He left Westminster in 1961 for a nine-year pastorate at Grove Chapel, Camberwell. With the world-wide expansion of the Trust, Iain Murray became engaged full-time in its ministry from 1969 until 1981 when he responded to a call from St Giles Presbyterian Church, Sydney, Australia. Now based again in the UK, he and Jean live in Edinburgh. He is still writing.