Alexander Alfred Boddy (1854 - 1930)
Reverend Boddy was an Anglican vicar who came from an ecclesiastical family, and he was the principlel leader and promoter of the Pentecostal Movement in Great Britain.
As he was a person who was always seeking more of God, he went to Wales in 1904 to observe the revival that was happening there led by Evan Roberts, with whom he talked a lot.
In 1907, he learned of something that was taking place in Norway, led by a Methodist, Pastor Tomas Ball Barratt. Barratt had been in Los Angeles and had come back impacted by the revival on Azuza Street, especially some features such as speaking in tongues as evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit and other spiritual gifts in evidence in the Pentecostal Movement. Boddy was so touched that he invited TB Barrett to come to his church in Sunderland, England to share what God was doing in Norway and other countries in Europe. In the years that followed, he promoted conventions to publicize the Pentecostal Movement throughout Great Britain. Between1908 and 1926, he published articles on the Pentecostal Movement in the "Confidence" magazine, and this greatly helped to spread the movement.
Alexander A. Boddy died in 1930, at the age of 76, pastoring a small church in Pittington, near Durham.
On what was the Pentecostal Movement:
Pentecostalism is a movement of renewal within Christianity that gives special emphasis on a direct and personal experience of God through Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The term Pentecostal is derived from Pentecost, a Greek word that describes the Jewish feast of the Firstfruits Harvest. For Christians, this event commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus Christ, as described in Acts 2. Pentecostals tend to see their movement as reflecting the same kind of spiritual power, worship style, and teachings that were found in the early Church.
Origin of the Pentecostal Movement:
There are many controversies regarding the beginning of the Pentecostal Movement, which is so called because it rescued the fullness of the experience of Acts 2, which occurred during the Jewish feast of Pentecost or Harvest Feast. The gifts of the Spirit, the so-called "signs", were promised by Jesus (Mark 16: 17-20). In addition to the episode of Acts 2, we see the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in various parts of the book of Acts. In some cases, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are bound: tongues and prophecies, principally (Acts 10: 45-46). Baptism in the Holy Spirit, with evidence of speaking in other languages, known or unknown to the hearer, but always unknown to the speaker, was extremely common in the early Church. The spiritual gifts were exercised constantly. The apostle Paul devoted part of his First Epistle to the Corinthians to speak of the correct use of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12-14). After the apostolic period, the signs continued at full throttle, especially in the first century.
REVIVAL IS NOT:
Note: Some items related here may even happen during the revival, but isolated is not revival.
. It is not a movement...
WHAT PRECEDES REVIVAL:
. A time of darkness in society
. Hopelessness in people’s hearts
. Coldness in the churches
PURPOSE OF REVIVAL
To carry out Great Commission
The Great Commission is carried out as the fruit of the revival...
WHAT HAPPENS DURING REVIVAL:
. The Holy Spirit of God is always in control.
. The fear of the Lord come to rests upon all.
. A state of brokenness.
. Unlimited Worship.
. A Strong conviction of sins with confessions
. A State of Repentance.
. A Deep desire for Holiness.
. Many miracles, signs and wonders.
. End to social injustice, violence and crimes.
. Profound impact on society...
RESULTS OF REVIVAL:
- The Church arises (for the Great Commission) in boldness to speak of the love of God to the lost.
- There is extraordinary numerical growth in the Church, membership multiplies supernaturally.
- Society now respects the Church as the Divine Institution it is.
- This revival does not come to liberals, mystics, syncretists and the merely religious, but to a people desperately longing for the presence of God.
- The final phase of revival is the restoration of society to the standards of the Word of God, bringing justice, righteousness, compassion and blessing that should continue through generations.
Revivals, Great Awakenings and visitations from God in the United Kingdom over time
This timeline is to help you get to know and understand God's moves within the UK from when God used a humble man in Ireland (in the 5th Century), Saint Patrick, through many other men and events up until modern times. These men defied the circumstances of their times and made history, being hungry and desperate for the presence of God. Many of them were not understood in their day, but today are examples of people who dared to obey God and in doing so, changed the course of history. Here in the United Kingdom, there were many visitations from the Lord which touched generations both here and around the world, writing chapters of the history of the Church. These amazing accounts demonstrate God's great love for Britain. You will know all or some of the following ‘brave hearts’ for God. We believe that there were many others whom history did not recognise, but they are eternally recorded by the Lord.
We are the next generation that will make history in the UK; WE who are here now on this site, wanting to know more about revivals and about God's next move in the nations of Great Britain.
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