Why?

A NEW GREAT AWAKENING

THIS UP-AND COMING GENERATION WANTS TO
CREATE, NOT DESTROY

They grew up surviving wars without (other countries) and conflicts within (politicians and media bickering). They do not want to destroy. They want to create.  They are our “artist” generation.

  • They [our Z Generation] are quiet, serious, sensitive and kind. Do not like conflict and not likely to do things which may generate conflict.  Loyal and faithful.  Extremely well-developed senses with aesthetic appreciation for beauty. Not interested in leading or controlling others. Flexible and open-minded.  Likely to be original and creative. Enjoy the present moment. (Source: A High-Level Description of the Sixteen Personality Types)

Sociologists tell us we are on the brink of a NEW GREAT AWAKENING (see chart below). They occur every 45-60 years. The last one was in Billy Graham’s heyday in the 1950s and ’60s. (Source: Generations by Neil Howe and William Strauss)

Millennial Non-Christians Show Greater Spiritual Curiosity Than Older Adults 

George Barna, May 28, 2019

“Though Christianity remains a powerful force today, its waning influence in American life means that younger generations are coming of age in a country more secular than ever. And with these shifts come challenges to talking about or sharing faith. In fact, Millennials—even those who are practicing Christians—tend to oppose evangelism altogether. But despite the growing indifference, Barna data suggests an openness and a spiritual curiosity among young adults.”

GREAT AWAKENINGS OCCUR AFTER THE EFFECTS OF THE PREVIOUS GREAT AWAKENING HAVE COMPLETELY WORN OFF AND PEOPLE ARE IN FULL REBELLION.

RELEVANT MAGAZINE REPORT

“Could 2018 be the Year of the Next Great Awakening?  Yes!… (1) Prayer efforts are spreading….(2) Evangelistic urgency is increasing…(3) Youth movements are rising…(4) Holy discontent is stirring.”  (Source: Greg Stier, Christian Post, January 2018)

The now generation of teens and young adults are growing tired of parents and grandparents not drawing any lines for them so they will do it themselves.  TODAY’S TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS WILL LEAD THIS ONE.  They are searching.

We are already seeing a major uptick in faith-based movies.  “I Can Only Imagine sits at a healthy 70% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the recent Paul: Apostle of Christ is drawing mainstream praise as well. A Dallas Observer headline reads “This Atheist Critic Kind of Likes Paul.” Considering the subject of the film is more or less an interpretation of Scripture on the big screen, Paul earning $12 million is not only surprising, but perhaps another future signpost for Hollywood to sit up and take note.” (Source:  Relevant Magazine, April 2018)

During our last Great Awakening, these were some of the greatest hits on the silver screen:

  • Quo Vadis (1951)
  • The Robe (1953)
  • Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
  • The Silver Chalice (1954)
  • The Ten Commandments (1956)
  • The Big Fisherman (1959)
  • Ben Hur (1959)
  • The Story of Ruth (1960)
  • Barabbas (1961)
  • King of Kings (1961)
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
  • The Bible: In the Beginning (1966)
  • The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
  • Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
  • Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Each generation repeats itself every four generations:

  • 5th GREAT AWAKENING 2022 to –
  • War on Terror 2001 to –  (during)
  • Carried out on Internet, TV, & Christian Youth Orgs
  • 45 years since 4th Great Awakening

 

  • 4th GREAT AWAKENING 1957-1972
  • Viet Nam War 1959-1975 (during)
  • Carried out by Billy Graham
  • 54 years since the 3rd Great Awakening

 

  • 3rd GREAT AWAKENING 1886-1915
  • Great Depression & World War I 1915-1918  (during & after)
  • Carried out by William Booth, Dwight L. Moody, Billy Sunday
  • 66 years since 2nd Great Awakening

 

  • 2ND GREAT AWAKENING 1789-1820
  • American Revolution (1773-1789) & War of 1812
  • Henry Ward Beecher, Alexander Campbell, Lorenzo Dow, Barton Stone
  • 49 years since 1st Great Awakening

 

  • 1st GREAT AWAKENING 1730-1740
  • Final colonies established by British in America
  • Carried out by George Whitefield, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards

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