The Jesus Generation: Then and Now (Series)
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Every Movement Starts Somewhere - Matthew 4:18-22 (Notes)
Movements Start With a Leader -John 14:6 (Notes)
Soon and Very Soon - Luke 17:22-37 (Notes)
God Goes Where He's Wanted - Mark 6:1-6 (Notes)
It's the Power of the Cross - Colossians 2:8-15 (Notes)
In the Gospels and Acts, it was apparent the disciples had been with Jesus. They were full of joy and hope, and they exhibited true life change. In much the same way, the Jesus Movement hit the scene at the right time amid national, political, and social unrest. The ‘60s were a turning point in American history, and this movement was a turning point for hundreds of thousands of disillusioned, drugged-out kids. There was a stirring in the hearts of people, and they too exhibited true life change. What if, by God's grace, He gave us one more Jesus Movement? What if we had one more Jesus Generation that would be the catalyst for another great revival and awakening? I want this generation of children, students, and young adults to see what I've seen firsthand. I want them to have their own stories of revival and awakening to share. I want them to see thousands in their generation transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Michael has served as Senior Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church since 1989. The church has 3,000 members and has averaged one hundred baptisms each year. Thousands have joined the church from Albany and 29 surrounding communities. The church has changed from a neighborhood church to a regional, multi-ethnic congregation with members from eleven nations. Sherwood has three campuses covering 130-plus acres—the main church campus, the lower school campus and the upper school campus. The 82-acre sports complex, Legacy Park, is currently being developed with tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, equestrian center, fishing pond, pavilion and other facilities to reach the community through sports and recreation. “Path to Truth,” the weekly broadcast of Sherwood’s services, is seen in over ninety markets around the country and is also available on the web and via podcast at www.sherwoodbaptist.net.
Michael’s life verse: “For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:5) Michael’s vision statement: “Whoever wants the next generation the most will get them.”
Michael holds degrees from Mississippi College, Luther Rice Bible College and Seminary and Trinity Seminary. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Mobile in 2010.
Michael and his wife Terri have been married since 1974. They are the proud parents of two grown daughters, Erin and Hayley.