The vicar purchased Children in Revival for me and the kids worker at work. I’ve just read the first few pages at the minute, but already stuff has stuck out. A few quick quotes on how it seems to take time between being convicted of sin and believing in the Gospel:
“Constantly we will find references to person being ‘impressed’ or ‘awakened’, which may only be a first step towards full ‘conviction of sin’, and ‘conversion’ or ‘assurance’ is only entered many days subsequently. Today, the modern evangelist tends to lump all these together to claims results…”
“ ‘I found a son of my own, a boy of about thirteen, weeping and crying under deep convictions, and I hastened to carry him away to some house, that something might be done to quiet him. But on the way , a remark which I had heard some days before, on the sin and danger of stifling convictions, sprang up in my mind, so as to overawe me.’ “
1 Yes, you’re reading a website written by a person who enjoys reading a book about children involved in revival in Scotland between 1741 and 1958.