“Jesus Revolution,” which released today on DVD and Blu-ray, is the No. 1 bestseller on Amazon’s Movies & TV chart. The film is based on the life of Pastor Greg Laurie, who has encouraged believers to use it as a tool for evangelism.
“This movie is a gift,” said Laurie in an interview on the Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast. “It’s a gift to the church. It’s a tool.” When “Jesus Revolution” was out in theaters, people could invite their friends to see it with them. Now that it is out on DVD, Laurie suggests Christians “bring evangelism to your home, tablet or phone and share it with others…Have a watch party and then explain the gospel to them after. Let’s do this!”
Bring Evangelism to your Home, tablet or phone and share it with others. @JesusRevMovie is now available at a retailer near you on DVD and Blue-ray. You can order it at https://t.co/WwgkUvbKIx. This movie is a tool the touches the hearts of people. Have a Watch Party and then… pic.twitter.com/jvqdy5A2vU
— Greg Laurie (@greglaurie) April 25, 2023
‘Jesus Revolution’ Has Ongoing Impact
“Jesus Revolution” (starring Kelsey Grammer, Jonathan Roumie, Joel Courtney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Anna Grace Barlow) dramatizes the events of the Jesus People Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. It is based on the book, “Jesus Revolution: How God Transformed an Unlikely Generation and How He Can Do It Again Today” by Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn. The movie focuses on the lives of Calvary Chapel pastor Chuck Smith, hippie evangelist Lonnie Frisbee and Pastor Greg Laurie, who now leads Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California.
The film depicts how Laurie came to faith in the midst of what he calls “the last great spiritual awakening in America.” Said Laurie, “It was not until some time later that I realized how significant that particular time was.” The timing of the film’s release was notable as it came out shortly after the end of a two-week worship service at Asbury University, an event many view as a revival.
“Jesus Revolution,” a Lionsgate film, opened at the No. 3 spot in theaters, earned over $15 million during its opening weekend, and gained an A+ rating from CinemaScore. After nearly three weeks in theaters, the movie had made over $40 million domestically, surpassing the amount made by “The Expendables 3,” also distributed by Lionsgate. Box Office Mojo reports that “Jesus Revolution” ran in theaters for eight weeks and grossed over $52 million before ending its run.
“We had people accepting Christ in the theaters,” said Laurie. “I had one person say, ‘I heard people around me praying out loud asking Jesus to come into their life.’”
The “Jesus Revolution” DVD and Blu-ray editions hold the top two positions, respectively, on Amazon’s chart, where the movie is beating films such as “John Wick: Chapter 4,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” and “Super Mario Bros.”
People have shared online the impact the movie has had on them. “WOW!!! What an AMAZING, POWERFUL movie!” said Twitter user Jared Nel.
“Not me crying while watching jesus revolution,” said another.