The Jesus Movement 2.0
Nowadays, everything is getting a sequel. This just means that it is time for another Jesus Movement: The Jesus Movement 2.0. Evangelist Billy Graham stated it best, “Our chaotic, confused world has no greater need than to hear the message of the good news – the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Graham was well known for his gatherings. Although the name Billy Graham drew in the crowds, the gatherings were never about him. The gatherings were held to share the Gospel; and share the Gospel they did. There were 417 gatherings in his first crusade alone. This was just the beginning of a lifetime of evangelism.
Graham’s gatherings were the beginning of the Jesus Movement, but the idea of “Gathering” to share the Gospel dates to Bible times. In the Bible, Jesus did a lot of His ministry through gatherings. No matter where he would go, there was always a crowd gathering around Him. Deuteronomy 31:12-13 commands us, “Assemble the people, men, women, and little ones, and the sojourner within your towns, that they may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, and be careful to do all the words of this law, and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as you live in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”
Gatherings are meant to be intentional; intentional tools for evangelism. While on earth, Jesus used His time to teach others about Himself, correcting false beliefs. No matter the size of the crowd, He is most often seen preaching the Gospel and teaching in the form of parables. Ever since Creation and the Fall of mankind, “gathering” has become a Biblical standard for sharing the Gospel. These gatherings have become an evangelistic tool for many ministries, LifeLight and Pulse being two of them. Founder and Chief Communicator of Pulse, Nick Hall noted, “Moments of historic change [are] often marked by historic gatherings, and so, for us, we really believe that this is a time to shift the nation back to what matters.” Gatherings can take on many forms. For LifeLight and Pulse, these gathering happen in the form of big events, utilizing motivational speakers, musicians, and even extreme sports!
You don’t need to be preaching to the masses to have a successful gathering. It is our human pride that often stand in the way of the feeling of success. We want the biggest crowds possible. The largest gatherings imaginable. But we are not called to measure the success of any gathering; we are called to gather and share the Gospel. A gathering’s success should be based off the response to the Gospel. Even if only one individual comes to Christ, the entire event should be considered a success. God alone can truly measure an events success. He is the standard we must hold up to.