Well, I promised I would share my notes and occasional thoughts about Passion 2012, so here you go! Here’s the first set of notes from Passion 2012, enjoy!
Following are my notes from Louie Giglio’s message given on January 2, 2012. It was entitled, “The Life Intersecting Savior.”
Passion is more than a conference; it’s a movement. If the Dome doesn’t affect the dorm room, then what’s the point? Passion is about spreading the name of Jesus to the nations!
Main text from Luke 7:11-18
Soon afterward he [Jesus] went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.
In this passage the widow has lost her husband already, and now has lost her only son. In this society, she now has no male supporter, and no one to support her financially. Basically, this woman has lost everything, and is now at the mercy of people’s generosity.
Every person on this planet is walking straight to his or her funeral. Whether it’s because of a relationship you’re trying to justify, a misconception of God, a wound you haven’t let Him heal because you’re too bitter about it, or just sin. Anything that gets between our walk with the Lord leads us to spiritual death. Until Christ interrupts our funeral procession, we are headed straight to a hole in the ground.
The enemy’s only goal is to kill, steal, and destroy. Basically he wants to burry you as deep into the ground because of your sin as possible. Christ came to this earth to do one thing, glorify His Father’s name.
The Gospel at it’s heart is the resurrection of the dead. Christ steps into our lives, just like He did with the young man at the funeral. He tells us to “rise up” or as Paul puts it in Ephesians 5:14, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Christ did everything for our salvation because we were dead and buried in our sins.
This story, however, does not end with the boy and widow being overjoyed because of his resurrection. No, it ends with the news of Jesus being spread to all of the nation. Hundreds of people heard of Jesus because He took time to interrupt a funeral burial, just like He does with us. All of the witnesses of this miracle were exclaiming, “God is back! God is back!” For a nation who hasn’t heard much about a Messiah since Isaiah, this was a huge deal!
Let your life be an exclamation of the truth that God is here and He loves you! He [God] is here. He is going to shine on you. He is going to walk with you. Let Him call you away from your funeral session. Rise up and spread His name to the nations. He’s willing [and already has] to step into your life and the chaos and raise you up out of it.
More notes to follow tomorrow!