The Keswick Journals: Aged Materials, Timeless Message

Today, Americans are faced with all things new. We are attracted to new gadgets, new vehicles, new homes, new buildings and more. We love the shine of a new laptop and the smell of a new car. Isn’t it funny how there is even an air-freshener for your car that is suppose to smell like a new car. However, not all things new are better! Sometimes, the older they are the more valuable or relevant they become. How about a Coke in an ice cold glass bottle or a vintage rifle that your grandfather use to hunt with? Sometimes the older an item gets, the more value it gives.

For me, there are many things that are old but still have significance. In a sense, they have stood the test of time!

Some of you may have never heard of the Welsh Revivals or the young preacher boy Evan Roberts. The old tales of the Welsh Revival never loose their luster. Nonetheless God did an incredible work in 1904 in Wales. It has been estimated that over 150,000 people accepted Christ in a short period of time. Bars closed, brothels closed and policemen were sent home from their posts because of the lack of crimes after the Lord’s Spirit swept through Wales.

The Welsh revivals were birthed out of a movement that began in a small market town named Keswick around 1875. The movement was actually a series of conventions that were held from year to year in the small market town of Keswick in England. (pronounced Kes’ cik). The Keswick Conventions focused on the Sin of man, Christ’s provision for sin, repentance from sin and abandonment to Christ, the spirit filled life and Missions as a mandate. All five topics were discussed is succession and were to “move” a follower of Jesus from a sinful, unrepentant witness to one who pursued the Lord through holiness and passionate evangelism. Over the years the Keswick Convention attracted many well known pastors, evangelists and missionaries. A short list of prominent speakers at the convention are Stephen Olford, Billy Graham, J. Hudson Taylor, Andrew Murray, D.L. Moody, Evan Hopkins, A.T. Pierson, Amy Carmichael, Watchman Nee, Adrian Rogers, FB Meyer and Evan Roberts. There have been many other speakers over the years but I have simply listed a few.

It was Stephen Olford who introduced Billy Graham to the Keswick message at a Keswick Convention in 1946 over a period of days of Bible study and prayer in a hotel room. This teaching gave Billy Graham the assurance of God’s power in his life, which Billy said in his autobiography, “Just As I Am,” came to him as a second blessing, and which has empowered his preaching ever since.

J. Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, was actually quoted saying that whenever he needed new missionaries to go to the most difficult places he would recruit men and women from the Keswick Convention. As a matter of fact, this is where Taylor met the young Amy Carmichael for the first time.

The Keswick Convention and ministry have not gone without controversy. Some take issue with the Christ life and pursuit of holiness. One of the key verses quoted at the Keswick Conventions from year to year is by the Apostle Paul. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 Now, Is it possible for one to live a sinless life…….no! However, when our eyes are fixed firmly on Christ we will pursue the things that please Him and will walk in holiness as we seek to obey as He leads! The Lord has placed in each follower the Holy Spirit of God who desires to work in and through us.

The X-tended Missions Network has the distinct privilege to reproduce many of the old Keswick Convention journals from long ago. Many of these manuals are EXTREMELY rare and cannot be found in bookstores and seldom online. The XMN has gone to great lengths to preserve these messages for encouragement, discipleship and Godly living.

Even though the messages are old and the men who have spoken these great truths are long past……….they still penetrate! The journals from the Keswick Convention contain incredible sermons rooted in God’s Word! Each time I read a message God still moves just as He did in the early 1900′s.

In closing, God still uses old things to speak truth. Even though these journals are 100 years old the messages still penetrate, challenge and encourage us to live holy lives before the Lord and pursue Him. We desperately need men and women who are emptied of themselves, filled with His Spirit and desire His Kingdom on earth!

If you are interested you can download any of our Keswick Journals here