Burslem - Primitive Methodists (1805)



For a long time no new converts were added to their number, which grieved Bourne. Towards the end of 1804 he went to hear two revivalists from Stockport preach at Congleton Chapel. They spoke on ‘sanctification’ and how one could receive the blessing. One of them prayed for Bourne and he felt the power come. The next night he attended a class meeting at Harriseahead and the Holy Spirit came in an unusual manner. He wrote, “I was humbled down, and shown the manner in which the Stockport men worshipped. I came by simple faith, and obtained the blessing; and after the meeting was concluded, the power of God came upon us in such a degree that we began again and again, and for some time could scarcely stand or speak, so great was the power of God upon us.” The receiving of the blessing of entire sanctification by several of the members was followed by the conversion of sinners, and a considerable extension of the work of God. Soon afterwards a revival broke out at Tunstall and Burslem. From, ‘The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion from its origin, by John Petty, 1860. p11

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The next nighthe attended the class-meeting at Harriseahead, when the Spirit of God was poured out in an unusual manner. Mr. Bourne says, "I was humbled down, and shown the manner in which the Stockport men worshipped. I came by simple faith, and obtained the blessing; and after the meeting was concluded, the power of God came upon us in such a degree that we began again and again, and for some time could scarcely stand or speak, so great was the power of God upon us." The reception of the blessing of entire sanctification by several of the members was followed by the conversion of sinners, and a considerable extension of the work of God. A revival soon after broke out at Tunstall and Burslem, and at the former place James Nixon and Thomas Woodworth, (of whom we shall have to speak more particularly hereafter), among others, were brought to God.

From, ‘The History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion from its origin, by John Petty, 1860. p11

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