October 25, 2019
Friday Evening Bible Study
Dave Green presented the session on part 9 of the Highlighting Our Heritage series. This lesson was titled “Our Azusa Roots,” and he started by reading Mark 13:11, “But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.” He said the working of the Holy Ghost is very central to this topic because the Azusa Street Revival was the result of an outpouring of the Holy Ghost.
Focusing on the key word “remember,” Brother Dave marveled at how the Creator made humankind with such a remarkable capacity to remember. However, some things need to be rehearsed to keep them fresh in the mind. He suggested several ways to remember our Christian heritage, which included writing it down, rehearsing it, talking about it, and gathering to collectively recall.
Brother Dave recounted some of the details of how the Holy Ghost fell in 1906. The lead up to the revival actually began a few years earlier with Bible students who had become convinced that the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, as experienced at Pentecost, was available for hungry hearts today. Some of the students received the experience, as well as their teacher, Charles Parham, who then began to travel, telling others about it. William Seymour was one who benefited from his instruction, and he too began to travel, sharing this doctrine. Eventually, Seymour began holding cottage meetings on Bonnie Brae Street in Los Angeles, and there, on April 9, 1906, the Holy Ghost began to fall.
The group moved from Bonnie Brae Street to larger quarters on Azusa Street on April 14. There, the Holy Spirit continued to pour out, saving, healing and filling hearts. Florence Crawford came to the meetings after she had been saved and was longing for more of God. Soon she was sanctified and then filled with the Holy Ghost. Feeling a strong desire to publish what was taking place, Sister Crawford and Clara Lum began to publish a small newspaper. After visiting various cities in the Northwest and Midwest United States, Sister Crawford felt called to establish a work in Portland, Oregon, and this work has flourished over the years remarkably, by God’s hand.
Today the Holy Ghost is still working as He was on the day of Pentecost and at the Azusa Street Revival. There have been wonderful times of revival over the years, such as in 1948, 1968, and even more recent years. Brother Dave said that although the excitement and exuberance of a revival is wonderful, it is important to walk by faith daily when there is not a revival, consistently seeking the comfort, guidance, and intercession of the Holy Spirit. He is faithful to meet each need.