Though sometimes what is often termed revival is nothing less than religious enthusiasm, genuine revival is much more. The “revived” experience all facets of Christianity more deeply than they had before. Below is an example from Charles L. Culpepper, Sr.,’s account of the Shantung (Shandong) revival. Here, revival leads the missionary and local Christians into greater “gospel” unity:
One of the greatest personal blessings I received from the revival was the wonderful spirit in the worship services….The ordinances also became more meaningful. One missionary commented, “I was never so blessed in my life as when taking the Lord’s Supper with Spirit-filled Chinese brothers and sisters in Christ.”
It was not unusual to see people in tears during the observance. As one young widow told a missionary, “My eyes were streaming tears all the time. It wasn’t that I was sad or glad; it was simply that I was broken before the Lord.”*
When was the last time I had such passion and joy in the observance of the Lord’s Supper?
*Taken from The Shantung Revival: An Account of God’s Powerful Movement in the Shantung Province of China, privately published by the children of Charles Lee Culpepper, Sr. A revision of his original work published in 1971. Itself an expansion of Mary Crawford’s account of the revival published in 1934.