Tomorrow we'll be heading to Atlanta GA to be part of Passion 2011. If you've never heard of it you are missing out. Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, Beth Moore, David Crowder Band, and more...Wow, it's an awesome time. It's designed for college students 18-26 and if you're older you can participate by volunteering (as we'll be doing).
What better way to ring in the new year than serving our Lord and these students. There will be over 20,000 of them. These young adults are our future. We have to show them Jesus in a way that they'll hear Him. It's not like my grandma learned about Him. Jesus never changes. He remains the same. But the way the message is delivered (technologically speaking) has to match the culture.
I know of a lot of people who'd disagree with that statement. And that's OK. But really, would you go door to door on a college campus handing out cute Jesus tracks and expect to get somewhere? NO! They'd laugh you right out the door. But if you go in with a concert or free dinner or something else that appeals to college kids and you introduce Jesus to them they're more likely to listen. Especially if the deliever of the message is their age or can relate to them on their level.
So, that is what this weekend is all about. Showing Jesus to these students. Serving them. Going out of our way to be a light in their darkness. Empowering them. Encouraging them. And in return we have the satisfaction of knowing that we made a difference in this generation. Please join with me in prayer for the event. The leaders, volunteers, students, the venue, the hotels, and the people whose lives are touched just by seeing what is going on. That would be the CNN center workers, security for the venues, hotel owners, the homeless people, and anyone else that may be touched.
'Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.' 1 Peter 4:10
I hope everyone has a happy New Year. On Monday, I'll be guest posting over at Living a Changed Life. Check it out. I'll also post it here too as I'll be down in the depths of the Georgia World Congress Center serving students!