Report on the Special March GOGCC Prayer Meeting with Dr. Seong Hyun Parkby Michael Malanga on April 3, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Glory of God on Cape Cod Prayer Network:
On Wednesday of Holy Week, March 28, we gathered at Christ Chapel to hear a presentation by Dr. Seong Hyun Park, Associate Professor of Old Testament for Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Dean of the Boston Campus of GCTS, on “Lessons from the Korean Revival.”
The theme text for Dr. Park’s presentation was Deuteronomy 11.13-17 where Lord gives Israel the following instruction through Moses:
13“And if you will indeed obey my commandments that I command you today, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, 14he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil. 15And he will give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you shall eat and be full. 16Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them; 17then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you, and he will shut up the heavens, so that there will be no rain, and the land will yield no fruit, and you will perish quickly off the good land that the Lord is giving you.
To illustrate this text as well as the process by which the Lord brought revival to Korea in the early twentieth century (c. 1907: See the .pdf file used by Dr. Park attached to this email.)
The revival began in earnest after a missionary, Dr. Hardy, read the following passages from the gospel of John (John 14.12; 15.7; 16.23) only to realize he had not asked the Lord to assist him in his missionary endeavor. This realization lead him to confess his sin while giving a lecture to two other missionaries from North America who had come to Korea to spread the gospel.
Dr. Hardy’s example of confessing his sin, followed by acknowledging his need for the saving grace of Jesus Christ and subsequent prayer for the Holy Spirit to bless the work slowly began to produce fruit. The revival picked up speed reaching its peak between the years of 1908 and 1910.
The revival came to a sudden end in 1910 when the Japanese invaded Korea and annexed it. The spiritual soil of Korea lay fallow until 1953 when following World War 2 and the Korean War, the Holy Spirit once again opened peoples’ hearts to the gospel. In 1954 missionaries from the West returned and many Koreans converted to Christianity.
At the conclusion of his message, Dr. Park listed the following lessons learned from the Korean Revival:
1. Revival is God’s gift.
2. Revival starts with a seed.
3. Revival happens when the church acknowledges that it needs the saving grace of Jesus Christ both inside and outside the church.
[NB: A CD recording of Dr. Park’s presentation is available from Christ Chapel upon request. Please contact Gloria Dahl, Office Administrator of Christ Chapel at email@example.com with your request.]
After Dr. Park’s presentation, Pastor Myron Heckman led us in a time of prayer in which he encouraged us to act on Dr. Park’s presentation. We began our prayer time with confession. We broke into small groups to confess our sins before the Lord in the following areas:
b. Compulsions and/or Addictions
d. Sins committed against those who are not part of the church community
The evening included several people coming forward to encourage us to pray, as well as making public confession and asking for prayer.
It was a wonderful evening in which the presence of the Holy Spirit was clearly evident, the grace of Christ at work, and the joy of God the Father experience by all in attendance.
Please join us on April 25 at our next prayer meeting hosted by Pastor Earl Roberts and the good people of Marstons Mills Community Church.
Grace and peace.
Senior Pastor, Christ Chapel