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 What is the Keswick Convention?

The Keswick Convention has been a great British Christian institution; not a building or a permanent feature. It is a large convention held in the Summer of each year in Keswick, a town situated in the Lake District (NW England) surrounded by mountains (English ones; fairly small but beautiful) and lakes (also fairly small when compared with some of the monsters you have on your side of the water).
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It was originally convened as a venue where the best known preachers of 'the deeper life' shared a platform. Generally it might have been described as 'knowledge on fire'. Solid bible teaching but always with a slant towards 'a life of overcoming', usually on the lines of counter-active sanctification, rather than eradication. It was (and is, though now much less so) a great gathering of Christians across all the major denominations who believed in 'deeper life'. Older recordings will be much more along the lines of 'sanctification'.

Keswick has been the scene for some wonderful preaching. Donald Grey Barnhouse was a great favourite. Recently it has become more identified with the conservative evangelical position and the distinctive of 'deeper life' preaching has almost disappeared.
One famous Keswick character was Amy Carmichael whose writings are wonderful and always worth reading.
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 Re: What is the Keswick Convention?

KESWICK CONVENTION: A summer religious reunion, lasting one week, which has been held annually at Keswick (24 m. s.s.w. of Carlisle), England, since 1875, chiefly "for the promotion of practical holiness" by means of prayer, discussion, and personal intercourse. It may be said to have had its origin in the general revival that swept over England in the early seventies (Moody and Sankey, and others). The first meeting was held at Broadlands, near Romsey, July 17-23, 1874, followed by a convention at Oxford Aug. 29 to Sept. 7, 1874, and one at Brighton May 29 to June 7, 1875. At the Brighton convention Canon Harford-Battersby, vicar of St. John's, Keswick, suggested a convention at Keswick, to be held the following July on the grounds of his own vicarage. Since then the convention has met annually at Keswick, the last week in July, and year by year it has grown in numbers and influence. The meetings are held in a large tent and are attended by several thousand people, including representatives from foreign countries. The services are notable for their spiritual character, for the prominence given to silent prayer, and for their apostolic simplicity, music and all else being subordinated to the one object--the glory of God through the promotion of truth and holiness. Since the Holy Spirit is recognized as the leader of all meetings, there has never been any formal election of a chairman. During his lifetime Canon Harford-Battersby presided over the convention. After his death the chairmanship passed by general consent to Mr. Henry Bowker, and, after him, to Mr. Robert Wilson. The Keswick movement is distinctly Evangelical in charaoter, and is supported chiefly by the Evangelical branch of the Church of England. Keswick stands for no new school of theological thought. The Keswick speakers and teachers, some fifty in number, are conservative in spirit, clinging to old truths and avoiding new and strange doctrines. Without exception they hold to the absolute plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures in every part. To them the Bible is the final court of appeal in matters both of faith and duty. In the Keswick teaching stress is laid upon the infilling of the Spirit, and upon the power of faith to claim promised blessings. The convention takes an active interest in missions and maintains a number of 322

missionaries in foreign fields. The literature of the convention includes the Life of Faith(London, 1879 sqq.), the weekly organ of Keswick teaching, The Keswick Week (an annual volume. containing addresses delivered at the convention), and the Keswick Library (London, 1894 sqq.), a series of religious booklets.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Keswick Convention; its Message, its Method and its Men ed. C. F. Harford, London, 1907; A. T. Pierson, The Keswick Movement, New York, 1907; E. H. Hopkins, The Story of Keswick, London, 1892; and T. D. Harford-Battersby, Memoirs of the Keswick Convention, ib., 1890.

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The message of the Keswick Convention is clear and its focus clear. In the early stages of the movement the Keswick meetings found a progression of teaching going in turn from sinfulness of sin, the defeat of the believer, the powerless life and lack of witness to God's provision in Jesus Christ to sanctification, consecration, a Spirit-filled life with power for effective witness.

No meeting can be considered an authentic "Keswick" that does not expound the unfolding sequence of the "Keswick" theme. The sequence is five-fold. It may follow a Monday through Friday pattern in a larger convention, or it can follow a five session sequence in a smaller and briefer convention. In any case the five-fold sequence should be closely adhered to.

The Keswick message unfolds in the following manner:

SESSION ONE OR DAY ONE: The problem of indwelling sin in the life of the Christian is dealt with. There must be an abandonment of sin in order to move forward in the Christian life. In this session the Christian comes to terms with unconfessed sin in his life. He seeks cleansing through the action and work of the Holy Spirit, as He applies the effects of the Cross of Christ on the human heart.

SESSION TWO OR DAY TWO: The emphasis is on cleansing. A Christian must be clean in order to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Session two challenges Christians to put their spiritual house in order.

SESSION THREE OR DAY THREE: Cleansing and forgiveness must be followed by an absolute surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Full surrender is the way to fullness of life.

SESSION FOUR OR DAY FOUR: The emphasis is on the on the Spirit-Filled life. The life that is clean and surrendered can now be filled (controlled by) the Holy Spirit. Session four deals with the principles of the release of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian.

SESSION FIVE OR DAY FIVE: The emphasis of this session is on Christian service and ministry. A Christian who is clean, surrendered, and filled now should be actively serving the Lord. This service should be Holy Spirit empowered service.

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