Malachi Tresler led a breakout session at TGC’s 2019 Arizona Regional Conference titled “The Impact of Revivalism on Contemporary Worship.” He taught from the thesis that revivalism has affected modern worship in two ways: pragmatism and emotionalism. Beginning with the Great Awakening in 1734, Tresler walked through a brief history of the birth of revivalism and how it shaped worship over the years, including how worship services are designed, their expected outcomes, and even our expectations for leadership in them. In response, he encouraged listeners to remember three things regarding worship:

  1. Worship is a goal in and of itself.
  2. We need a long view of God’s work.
  3. We must rely on the Spirit’s power for obedience.
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This episode of The Gospel Coalition Podcast is sponsored by Lifeway, publisher of Jen Wilkin’s newest Bible study, God of Deliverance: A Study of Exodus 1–18. Learn more at lifeway.com/deliverance.