William J. Seymour was a deeply spiritual man who impressed everyone who met him. These are just some of the descriptions of Seymour, who proved to be an effective leader, writer, teacher, and revivalist. His impact continues to be felt around the world today. Seymour’s early work has opened the door to millions of people finding the fullness of the Holy Spirit since the Azusa Street Revival, which both “Life” and “USA Today” have listed as being one of the top-100 nation-impacting events of the 20th century.
This book is more than the life story of William J. Seymour. It provides us with his original sermons, analyses of his teachings, and the complete and original version of Seymour’s final book, Doctrines and Discipline of the Apostolic Faith Mission of Los Angeles, originally published in 1915. The pioneer and messenger of Azusa Street continues to speak to our hearts today with messages that are as timely now as when he first uttered them. His confident and steady voice calls us to holiness, repentance, faith, and racial reconciliation.
Table of Contents
Section 1: William J. Seymour: Pioneer of the Azusa Street Revival by Charles R. Fox, Jr.
Chapter 1: From Louisiana to Azusa Street
Chapter 2: Seymour’s Pilgrimage: Who Influenced His Pentecostal Faith
Chapter 3: Seymour’s Theology
Chapter 4: Seymour in Dialogue and Conflict
Chapter 5: The Decline: How Did Seymour’s Message Get Lost?
Chapter 6: Conclusion: Implications of Recovering Seymour
Section 2: Part A: William J. Seymour’s Signed Articles in the Apostolic Faith (1906-1908) by Vinson Synon
Section 2: Part B: Seymour’s Doctrines and Discipline by Vinson Synan
The Doctrines and Discipline of the Azusa Street Apostolic Faith Mission by William Seymour
About the Authors
Vinson Synan, Ph.D is the Dean Emeritus of the School of Divinity of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He received his PhD in American history in 1967 from the University of Georgia. In 1970 he co-founded the Society for Pentecostal Studies, which has given institutional shape to Pentecostal research. Dr. Synan has published numerous scholarly and popular articles, essays, and books on various Pentecostal and charismatic themes.
Charles R. Fox, Jr, Ph.D is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He is the Senior Pastor of Christ Community Church in Bowie, Maryland. Charles taught at Regent University at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also served at the University as Faculty Chair of Religious Studies, Director of Urban Outreach, and Director of Field Education. Charles has a passion for advancing the Kingdom of God and for helping people reach their full potential.