Jesus is still the message; Grace is still the means; and Grace Turned Outward is the ministry to the world. Drop everything else and pick this up. This is what it is 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, I’ve talked about the Jesus Movement being over at a certain time and place, and I’ve talked about the Christian subculture that replaced it — and I’m not taking any of that back, because it is all true in terms of a broad historical brush — but in terms of the thin line of truth still running through all things — in terms of the light still shining, steady and strong, and the message still being proclaimed, it’s been continuing right along just fine. Because I can tell you where the Jesus Movement was never over, and never will be, and that would be in my heart. And if in yours, too, then all the stronger.
We’re 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). Surprise, Elijah; you’re not the only one. Nor are we.
So when we, the 45 and older Catch boomers, say the millennials, the 18-29 Catch citizens, 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. We will gladly come alongside, and when they invite us, we will 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 just 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 get a glimpse of the whole picture. This is one of those times. I am also not the only one seeing this, which is proof that I’m not some wacko gone off the deep end.
This is why we are asking for your investment, because we are at a juncture in history. The spiritual revolution is re-surfacing. Our foundation must be strengthened because God has made us ready for it.
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