They call themselves "a new breed of emerging revivalists" and they fit that description. Jesus Culture started in Redding California in 1999 as a way of reaching churches and young people in the area with the radical love of God. Their message today is still the same.
When I arrived on the steps of the Heineken Music Hall, my heart jumped at the massive crowd waiting to get in. Young people chatted in excitement about a night of worship. It was something I never expected to see in Amsterdam, a city that inspires strangers to come from around the world for drugs and sex. Yet, these teens and young adults spoke not only about the thrill of live music but of worshiping God with a band that not only preaches love but demonstrates it.
Around 5, 000 people came in through the doors and crammed into the hall. Most stood in the center of the theatre without sitting for hours.
Overall, I would have enjoyed more music and a seat for my exhausted legs. However, it was a spiritually refreshing experience.