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‘We Need To Return To What It Means To Be A Real Christian’: Greg Laurie And Kirk Cameron Discuss Revival

Photo from Pastor Greg Laurie’s Instagram

‘We Need To Return To What It Means To Be A Real Christian’: Greg Laurie And Kirk Cameron Discuss Revival

By Movieguide® Contributor

Greg Laurie and Kirk Cameron recently had a conversation about revivals, spiritual awakenings, and how the younger generation is searching for answers. 

When defining what a revival is, Laurie turned to a friend’s own definition: “When God gets so sick and tired of being misrepresented, He shows up Himself.”

“I don’t think there’s anything we can do to make a revival happen,” he went on. “But I think we can prepare the ground.”

Laurie said America and the church need a “spiritual awakening…we need to return to what it means to be a real Christian.”

While many think a revival has to be a huge change, Laurie was quick to remind us that revivals can be personal. 

“Revival can be individual,” he explained. “You can have a revival in a church, you can have a revival in a community, [and] you can have a personal revival where a Christian returns to their…relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Laurie and Cameron also spoke about a past revival — the Jesus Revolution, which is the title and subject of Laurie’s upcoming movie. 

“Older audiences love it because they connect to it,” Laurie said of preliminary screenings of the movie. “Younger audiences, I found, were connecting to it as though ‘This is right now.’ I had so many young people say ‘We need one of these for our own generation.’”

He continued, “We’re hoping that this revival story that happened will inspire people to say ‘Lord, we want to see that again.’”

JESUS REVOLUTION will hit theaters February 24. Movieguide® previously reported:

THE CHOSEN’s Jonathan Roumie, Kelsey Grammer, Joel Courtney and Anna Grace Barlow are set to star in JESUS REVOLUTION, a movie by Kingdom Story Company.

The movie follows Greg Laurie’s book, Jesus Revolution, about “the true story of a national spiritual awakening in the early 1970’s and its origins within a community of teenage hippies in Southern California.”

THE KISSING BOOTH’s Courtney will portray Laurie with Barlow as his wife, Cathe. Grammer will replace Jim Gaffigan as Chuck Smith, and Movieguide® Grace Prize® Winner Roumie will take on the role of Lonnie Frisbee.

Movieguide® Award winners Jon Erwin and John Gunn will write the script, with Gunn directing.

“Pray for the cast and crew, that they will either come closer to Jesus or some might even meet him for the first time!” Laurie wrote on Instagram. “Our prayer is that this film will prompt young people (And all people for that matter) to say, ‘Do it again, Lord!’. It’s been said, ‘The fame of revival spreads the FLAME of revival.’”

“The Jesus Movement was the last great American spiritual awakening,” he added. “Some historians have said it was the greatest revival of all time. Let’s pray for another. I also appreciate prayers as this film goes into production.”

JESUS REVOLUTION is not Laurie and Erwin’s first project together. The duo previously collaborated on STEVE MCQUEEN: AMERICAN ICON, a documentary about the legendary actor and his acceptance of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Watch Laurie and Cameron’s full conversation here.