Matt.16:13 – When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?
Recently I was doing the a broadcast with Pastor Terrence and Pastor Chandler about revival. I was asked about the outpourings I had participated in and the lessons I had learned. Actually I was born again in 1973 during the Jesus movement. I was witnessed to on the Lakefront in New Orleans by a group of Jesus freaks. I accepted Christ as a result of their testimony, went to a Bible study with them where I met some missionaries from a Christian community in California. Within two weeks Parris and I were married and on our way to the West Coast. Obviously we found myself thrust into the heart of the Jesus movement in California. Parris and I spent four years at God’s Army, a Christian community in Kerman California. During those four years we were influenced and shaped as Christians.
Here are some of the key ingredients in the Jesus movement that impacted me. First and foremost was the emphasis on Jesus Himself. When I first accepted Christ, Jesus became bigger than life to me. I saw the miracle of His humanity and the miracle of His deity as the only Son of God. Jesus became the very center of our world. Worship became a huge part of our lives. The Jesus Movement birthed Jesus music. Our worship was birthed out of our culture and carried a passion and authenticity about it. We were not just singing songs, we were interacted with the Lord in worship.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit was also a huge part of this move of God. Our services would consist of extended periods of spontaneous worship singing to the Lord in our heavenly language. The Bible was the very center of everything we did. We sang scripture, we memorized scripture, and we studied the scripture daily. I discovered that God’s word was alive and the Lord would speak personally to each of us through His written word.
Evangelism was also a part of the fabric of this movement. We carried gospel tracts with us for daily use as well as evangelism outreaches every weekend. The normal Christian was evolved in soul winning as a way of life. Finally, discipleship was also a part of our lives. We learned the importance of spiritual accountability. Discipleship flowed naturally out of the small groups that all of us were a part of. I am grateful for those first four years and the impact the Jesus freaks had on me. I guess that’s why I am still a Jesus freak.