Greg Laurie writes about the Jesus Movement in his latest book, which he entitles, “Jesus Revolution,” as a nod to the 1971 Time Magazine cover of the same name. The move of God that brought about so many conversions to Christianity can be learned from and its lessons applied to current evangelistic outreach, Laurie says.
Speaking with show host, Dr. Jeremiah Johnston, he outlines the main characteristics of the Jesus movement:
- A sense of anticipation; expecting God to move
- Heartfelt and passionate worship
- Bible exposition
- A readiness for the return of Jesus
- An openness to the move of the Holy Spirit
“Revival is restoration. If you want to see revival, do revival-like things,” Laurie says.
Johnston and Laurie iterate that sharing the Gospel must be done in a way that is winsome, and with terminology that listeners can understand. Whether the conversation is one-on-one or is an address to a stadium crowd, the speaker should empathize with the perspective of listeners.
Ultimately, even as culture changes and worldviews change, the message of the Bible and of the Gospel carries power that reaches every generation. While we cannot control God’s Spirit, Laurie suggests believers can “pre-prayer” for revival, as outlined in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
A new believer named Daniel asks, “What’s the first, most important step in my Christian journey to be a good witness?” Johnston replies that he should live for Jesus Christ, and then maintain relationships with others who also need to hear the Good News. He says, “Make no mistake, the world would be a far different place if there were no Christians. Don’t allow the cultural confusion to confuse your spiritual life. There is more evidence available today to prove the validity of Christianity than at any other time in history.”
Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship. His sermons, crusades, devotions, books and ministry advance the Gospel and inspire the next generation of truth-seekers and truth-speakers. His latest book is “Jesus Revolution: How God Transformed an Unlikely Generation and How He Can Do It Again Today.”