The Pentecostal Blessing
The Pentecostal Blessing: Sermons That Prepared Los Angeles for the Azusa Street Revival
by Joseph Smale
You’re holding history in your hands. Are you ready to rediscover it?
Recently, historians recovered the lost sermons that helped prepare Los Angeles for the Azusa
Street Revival! This sermon series by
Joseph Smale, “The Pentecostal Blessing,” is republished here for the first time in over 110
As you read these sermons, you’ll feel a new connection to those early believers of the
Pentecostal Movement. Imagine the
possibilities of reaching into the past and finding a better understanding of their worldview
and spirituality than ever before. Experience
the same rousing call to revival that led to Azusa as you rediscover the vibrant spiritual life
available to every Christian today.
5½ x 8½
Gospel Publishing House
October 3, 2017
About the Author
(1867-1926), a British Baptist pastor trained at Spurgeon’s
College in London, was an important catalyst behind the Azusa Street Revival. Smale visited the
Welsh Revival in 1905 and was instrumental in sparking a similar spiritual outpouring in
California. In the fall of that year, Smale preached a series of sermons, titled “The
Pentecostal Blessing,” in which he encouraged believers to rediscover the deep spirituality of
the Early Church. In 1906, Smale and people influenced by his ministry were among the earliest
participants at the interracial Azusa Street Revival, which became a focal point of the
emerging Pentecostal Movement.
About the Series Editors
Cecil M. Robeck Jr., PhD,
is an ordained Assemblies of God minister who has
served on the administration and faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary for over forty years.
He is currently senior professor of Church History and Ecumenics and special assistant to the
president for Ecumenical Relations. He has two academic passions. The first is the Azusa Street
Mission and the revival that exploded there in April 1906. The second is working with Christian
leaders all over the world on issues related to the unity of Christ’s Church.
Darrin Rodgers, M.A., JD,
is director of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage
Center (Springfield, Missouri), the Pentecostal archives and research center located in the
National Leadership and Resource Center of the Assemblies of God. He also serves as editor of
Assemblies of God Heritage
About the Introduction Author
Tim Welch, PhD,
is tutor and coordinator of Ministerial Formation at Bristol
Baptist College, (Clifton Down, Bristol, United Kingdom). Like Joseph Smale, he trained for
Baptist ministry at Spurgeon's College in London.