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Carson's Lessons from the Good Times and Bad
Posted By John Starke On February 11, 2013 @ 10:00 PM In Audio,Ministry,Q&A,Testimony,Theology | 9 Comments
There's something about reading accounts of churches enjoying unusual fruit in evangelism and discipleship that makes us to long for the same in ours. Accounts like the 18th-century Great Awakening in New England stir us with hope that a spiritually dry and hostile region can suddenly fill with low-hanging fruit.
Speaking several times recently at the Multiply Conference  in Australia, Don Carson gives an account  of the French Canadian Revival during the 1970s. It's a moving account of the Lord's work among struggling churches and faithful missionaries and pastors. Here's the gist: before 1972, French Canada, which had about 6 million people in the region, had about 35 evangelical churches. None of these churches had more than 50 people in attendance. Most churches had 30 to 40 on good weeks. But between 1972 to 1980, through door-to-door evangelism, campus Bible studies, and the like, ministers began to harvest large amounts of spiritual fruit all at once. During this eight-year span, the number of churches exploded from 35 to more than 500!
Carson then offers lessons we can learn from the both the "lean years" and also the "high growth years." For pastors and ministers longing for gospel renewal in their churches and cities, and for those experiencing revival right now, these are encouraging and helpful lessons.
Carson also talked at length in Australia about prayer and had a Q&A  afterward that revealed other insightful lessons. Be encouraged to pray hard and ask God to do more than we could ever plan or imagine.
Other talks D.A. Carson gave from the Multiply Conference include:
Teach Us to Pray 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/files/2012/07/Carson-Plenary.jpg
 Multiply Conference: https://thegenevapush.com/resources/category/2012_multiply
 account: http://thegospelcoalition.org/resources/a/lessons_from_french_canadian_revivals
 Q&A: http://Lessons%20From%20the%20French%20Canadian%20Revival%20Q/A
 When the Bible Is Silent: http://thegospelcoalition.org/resources/a/when_the_bible_is_silent
 When the Bible Is Silent Q&A: http://thegospelcoalition.org/resources/a/when_the_bible_is_silent_questions
 Lessons from the French Canadian Revival Q&A: http://thegospelcoalition.org/resources/a/lessons_from_the_french_canadian_revival_q_a
 The Implications of Complementarianism: http://thegospelcoalition.org/resources/a/the_implications_of_complementarianism
 The Implications of Complementarianism Q&A: http://thegospelcoalition.org/resources/a/the_implications_of_complementarianism_q_a
 Our Exalted Identity in a Holy Church: http://thegospelcoalition.org/resources/a/our_exalted_identity_in_a_holy_church
 Teach Us to Pray: http://thegospelcoalition.org/resources/a/teach_us_to_pray
 Our Exalted Relationship with Each Other: http://thegospelcoalition.org/resources/a/our_exalted_relationship_with_each_other
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