How to Grow

How to Grow as a Christian Student: Learning from Whitefield, Edwards, and Wesley

6:00–7:15 p.m.
Center for Christian Study

How do you grow as a Christian student?

Some 300 years ago, on the cusp of the modern period, there were a number of undergraduates at Oxford, Cambridge, and Yale who were intensely earnest about their Christian faith and their spiritual disciplines. They became increasingly radical about their faith, and within a few years they sparked a religious awakening on both sides of the Atlantic. It all began as a young people’s movement.

Dr. Bruce Hindmarsh has just completed a major study of this movement, The Spirit of Early Evangelicalism: True Religion in a Modern World (Oxford), but for this lecture he takes us inside the lives of these young leaders at the formative time of their undergraduate education. His research allowed him to read the diaries of some of these students from the period just before they emerged as potent young leaders and a force to be reckoned with.

In this lecture, he shares the practices, attitudes, and commitments that made these young adults such radical followers of Jesus Christ, and that can still do so today.