Southern California Conference Hopes to Spark Revival

Fifty years ago, a Christian revival was sparked during a Jesus People Movement. Desiring to refuel the flame of revival in the United States, Biola University is hosting the Ablaze Conference on October 7-9, 2021.

Biola’s Center for the Study of the Work and Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today has partnered with Wheaton College Billy Graham Center to host the event. This event will host a variety of speakers, have worship, host workshops, and have a special reunion concert from the Jesus People Movement.

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“Can the Holy Spirit do this again? YES! Some may be skeptical at this answer, but I propose you consider looking to the past for inspiration and into the future with aspiration,” said Oscar Merlo, Director of the Center for the Study of the Work and Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today. “Our Savior can do it again, regardless of our race or background, in the contexts of universities, in students, in our churches and in our lives and to compel us to pursue a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.” 

The Jesus People Movement began in the 1960s when the Holy Spirit created a spiritual awakening across Southern California. After the late sixties counterculture movement, there was a surge in evangelical Christianity. This became known as the Jesus People Movement.

This movement heavily influenced the Christian music industry and churches. This era has been called one of the most significant American religious movements during the postwar.

The Ablaze Conference desires to refuel the same revival that occurred sixty years ago.

For more information about the conference, please check out this website: https://www.biola.edu/ablaze-conference

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