Finney’s Lectures on Revivals of Religion not only remains one of his most well-known works, but also captures the spirit of the Second Great Awakening. These lectures both reflected and shaped the sentiments of the nineteenth century church in America, and prompted not only broad acceptance and implementation, but also impassioned criticism. This volume prescribes the structure of religious revival—how to prepare for and conduct a revival—and thrusts the evangelism efforts of the church to the forefront, where they remain to this day. Finney also gave emotion a prominent place in the worship and practice of Christianity.
- What a Revival of Religion is
- When a Revival is to be expected
- How to Promote a Revival
- Prevailing Prayer
- The Prayer of Faith
- Spirit of Prayer
- Be Filled with the Spirit
- Meetings for Prayer
- Means to be Used with Sinners
- To win Souls requires Wisdom
- A wise Minister will be Successful
- How to Preach the Gospel
- How Church can Help Ministers
- Measures to Promote Revivals
- Hinderances to Revivals
- Necessity and Effect of Union
- False Comforts for Sinners
- Directions to Sinners
- Instructions to Converts
- Instruction of Young Converts
- Growth in Grace
- Title: Lectures on Revivals of Religion
- Author: Charles Grandison Finney
- Publisher: Leavitt, Lord & Co.
- Publication Date: 1835
- Pages: 438
About Charles Grandison Finney
Charles Grandison Finney was born on August 29, 1792 in Litchfield, Connecticut. He studied law, but his plans were altered when he underwent a dramatic conversion experience at the age of 29. Finney later wrote of his conversation experience: “I could feel the impression, like a wave of electricity, going through and through me. Indeed it seemed to come in waves and waves of liquid love” (from Memoirs of Rev. Charles G. Finney, included in this collection).
Finney became pastor of the Free Presbyterian Chatham Street Chapel and later the Broadway Tabernacle. He spoke as a refined and expert orator and became a widely popular evangelist, organizing and preaching at numerous revivals and meetings throughout New England. He also traveled to England. As many as one million people heard Finney preach throughout his career, and many of them underwent conversion experiences. Finney also spoke at length about social issues, and became an ardent abolitionist. In 1835, Finney was appointed as a professor of theology at Oberlin College, and became its president in 1851, where he remained until 1866.
Charles Finney died on August 17, 1875.