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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Camp Meetings

At the beginning of the nineteenth century in the vast wilderness of the American Frontier, there were few places of worship. in Presbyterians and Methodists joined together in an area called Cane Ridge in Bourbon County, Kentucky to hold a ‘camp meeting’ whereby believers spread across the mid west trekked days before setting up camp to hear a series of circuit preachers expound the Gospel.

A Methodist lay Preacher stood on a fallen tree before 15,000 people, taking his text from 2 Corinthians 5:10 - "We must all stand before the judgement seat of Christ to give an account of things done in the body whether good or bad." As he spoke hundreds fell to the ground by the power of the Holy Spirit

So popular was this gathering that similar camp meetings were held throughout the century and when word spread that a religious meeting was to be held, both believers and non believers would attend, (the latter being glad of a break in routine and hearing the Gospel many would consequently be converted.)  

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