C. William Fisher was a prominent preacher of the Nazarene Church.
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Our Heritage and Our Hope
If it is true, as a famous writer has said, that "life becomes a futile thing when it lacks a faith in the high meaning of its origin and the high meaning of its goal," then it is time for Nazarenes everywhere to rediscover the glory and grandeur of their heritage and to rededicate themselves to the promise and purpose of their destiny ...read
Revival: Chapter 1. Revival And Evangelism
The need to more carefully define what we mean by the words revival and evangelism was never more urgent than now. It has been observed that both words have become ecclesiastical ragbags into which we have crammed all sorts of religious activities until they have lost their shape and their distinctive meanings.
The words revival and evangelism h ...read
Revival: Chapter 2. The Place Of Revival In Nazarene Evangelism
If we can agree, then, that revival is spiritual renewal in the hearts of Christians, and that evangelism is the natural and inevitable response and expression of that renewal, we may discuss more knowingly, I trust, the place of revival in Nazarene evangelism.
No one, surely, could read anyone's history of the Church of the Nazarene without rea ...read
Revival: Chapter 3. The Crisis--It Is Inevitable
I said in my introduction that we were approaching a profound and inevitable crisis in our evangelism. I have mentioned a few of the reasons why the crisis is profound and have suggested a few dimensions of the crisis.
Now to the reasons why the crisis is inevitable.
Most of those reasons would be included in the economic, social, and spiritu ...read
Revival: Chapter 4. Alternatives To Revival
One of the most frequent questions asked me these days is this: "What changes do you see in our evangelism today from what it was when you went into the field twenty-five years ago?"
There are several changes that should be obvious to even a casual observer. For one thing, there is a percentage decrease in the number of people who will come to p ...read
Revival: Chapter 5. It's Revival We Need!
If revival is renewal of right relationship with God and man, if revival is quickening of the Spirit in the hearts of Christians, if revival is replenishing the passion for the lost, if revival is
refreshing from the Lord -- then what need could possibly be more urgent than the need for revival?
1. We need revival to maintain our doctrines.
Revival: Chapter 6. Pay The Price Of Revival
Some teen-age boys were tinkering with a car that would no longer run. One said, "I believe the trouble is in the carburetor." Another said, "I believe it's the spark plugs." Another said, "I believe the problem is the battery." Finally one of the boys called out: "Hey, you guys, here's the trouble -- no gas." When they pushed the car to a filling ...read
The Time Is Now: Chapter 1. The Time Is Now
"Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest." -- John 4:35
It was the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt who said, "This generation has a rendezvous with destiny." Mr. Roosevelt was of course thinking in terms of politi ...read
The Time Is Now: Chapter 2. Life's Magnificent Obsession
"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the holy Spirit, and teach them to obey all the commands I have laid on you. And all the time I will be with you, to the very end of the world." -- Matthew 28:19, 20 (Moffatt)
In the year 1929 there was published a book that had for its theme the idea t ...read
The Time Is Now: Chapter 3. A Shout, A Cry, Or A Song
"And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.
"And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
"And when Joshua heard the noise of the pe ...read
The Time Is Now: Chapter 4. Revivals And The Mid-Century Crusade
"And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ." -- Acts 5:42
There is across this land a deepening and unmistakable conviction that evangelism, as we have known it, is at the crossroads. We do know that evangelism in the Church of the Nazarene is in crisis. And since our whole church program is ge ...read