Jesus is still the message; Grace is still the means; and Grace Turned Outward is the ministry to the world. This is what it’s all about.
Contrary to popular opinion, and even what I’ve written in the past, I am happy to report that the Jesus Movement was never over. Yes, the Jesus Movement as a historical event among the youth culture in the 1970s that was replaced by the Christian subculture in the 1980s, is over. But Jesus moving, changing people’s lives, and asking us to follow Him, is still going strong, and those who are following Him are still, dare we say, Jesus Freaks.
But sometimes we feel like Elijah, who, when confronted by his enemies, ran off to hide in the desert and cried out to God, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” (Ever felt like that?) To which God replied, “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel — all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him” (1 Kings 19:15-18). Seven thousand people? And Elijah thought he was the only one.
So when we, the 65 and older Catch boomers, say the 23-34 Catch millennials, and the younger GenZ are singing the same tune, we’re also saying they are picking up the torch and running with it. And while they are pioneers with their own frontier, and their own future in their hands, we recognize the flame. Despite the prevalence of counterfeit Christianity where many have bowed to the power sources of our culture, there are many who have not, and will not bow. We will gladly come alongside and partner with them. We will gather around the same flame (how we rejoice to see it burning!). The Jesus Movement is alive and well! The Jesus Movement never died. Jesus is still moving.
These are not mere semantics. I am not just moving some words around. This is prophetic truth. This is what it is to feel the wind of the Spirt blowing across your face and though you don’t know where it came from or where it is going, you recognize its scent, and in time, the fog clears just enough for you to get a glimpse of the whole picture. This is one of those times.
If you missed the last Jesus Movement, don’t miss this one.
Hi Pastor John & my Catch Church family!
Hope & pray everyone is doing well; although, I just kind of missed the Jesus movement (I’m 62) yet there was a Jesus Movement jus down the road of the Bible Church (which once was a Baptist Church, yet I absolutely LOVED the idea that they decided to change the Church name and become a non-denomination one!) from where I accepted Jesus as my Savoir. And I’ll NEVER forget the Rev. DeRenzo (RIP) alter call -was if anyone would like to know how to get to Heaven & make the coming (it was the Christmas service of 1980) 80’s for God- Come forward and I thought my Mom didn’t raise a dummy, if this guy knows something I don’t I NEED to go talk to him! A gentleman, a Deacon of the Church lead me in a prayer of Salvation…
I was only there b/c me & my ex-fiancée wud go to my Families Roman Catholic Church one Holiday and the next we’d go to hers. Anyway the point is down the road was these Lord’s House and a Jesus Movement Church and “we” often made fun of it, which I’m now ashamed to admit! B/C I was a Self righteous Pharisee Pastor John discussing in his AWESOME book of “The 12 Step Recovery for a Pharisee (like me)”
PS let me plz ask again Pastor John to please, pretty plz Goggle how to post an audio of you reading your word on the Catch….
Thank you, Mark, for a little of your story. e are working on the audio version of the Catch. It will be coming very soon.
That’s good news!