Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of the famous evangelist who is quite an evangelist herself, speaks to women at Just Give Me Jesus, a Friday-night, all-day Saturday event Sept. 21 and 22 in Augusta.
Lotz will invite women into life-giving, life-changing relationship with Jesus and, to those who already know Jesus Christ, she will speak about renewing their devotion to the one who is Savior of the whole world.
Just Give Me Jesus is, in short, a revival.
Just Give Me Jesus is also free. It is open to any and all women in our area and no registration is required. (Men are welcomed too!)
The James Brown Arena is not free, however, and gifts will go toward meeting the more than $200,000 in expenses an event of this scope generates, as will prayers for God’s blessing of this gathering. Our congregation has chosen to give in support of this event.
Now, it may strike Episcopalians, or others who know Episcopalians, as odd that our congregation is delighted to be part of Just Give Me Jesus. Episcopalians, quite honestly, have not done too many revivals since the Great Awakening days of John Wesley and George Whitefield.
It will no doubt come as a surprise to many that Wesley and Whitefield were ministers of the Anglican church. Our clergy usually don’t talk about Jesus in the same way or with the same passion as most evangelists, and we may even be able to offer some careful defenses of our ambivalence about revivals.
Back in the day of Christendom – that is, back in an American culture that assumed a shared Christian world-view – these and other denominational ways of thinking might have made some sense, but no longer.
That world where people might have made discriminating distinctions between Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians or Roman Catholics, between the religious right or the religious left, is actually long gone. Today Christians are seen by the culture as a single group. Therefore, generally speaking, what any Christian does well or poorly reflects on all followers of Jesus Christ.
In this rapidly changing context that some call a new apostolic era, we must become partners, working together with all our brothers and sisters in Christ to offer caring service in our communities and to share Good News of Jesus with those who don’t know him, those whose love has grown cold or those who somewhere along the line were turned off by Christians but might be willing to give Jesus one more try.
In these times, all Christians must move past the concerns that led us to ignore each other in the past and discover common cause in engaging God’s redemptive mission in the world.
Just Give Me Jesus can bring fresh hope and promise to the lives of thousands of women. Many of them may receive strength and courage to address difficult circumstances. Lives may change and those changed lives might change others in turn.
Please keep Anne Graham Lotz and this weekend in your prayers. Pray also that all those who call themselves by Jesus’ name may increasingly be welcoming and winsome witnesses to his transforming grace and his redeeming, restoring love.
THE REV. ROBERT FAIN IS RECTOR OF CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD IN AUGUSTA.