Worth Watching

For the last few days there’s been a conference in Atlanta called Passion. It’s for young people from 18-25, and what I love about Passion is that it’s not a pep rally. It’s not about getting people all hyped up for Jesus and then turning them loose with nothing but a bunch of happy post-conference feelings that can never, ever sustain them. The platform speakers – Louie Giglio, Beth Moore, Francis Chan, Andy Stanley, John Piper – have poured out words of substance and truth to the 22,000 in attendance (not to mention the tens of thousands of people online). There are even more Gospel-driven leaders who are leading break-out sessions and community groups.

I’m telling you: that solid teaching is critical when you’re 18-25. It’s critical for all of us, for that matter. Last night Melanie and I were texting about what we’d seen and heard as we’ve watched online for the last few days, and I told her how encouraged I’d been to see those young people sit and soak up wisdom from people who are 20 or 30 years ahead of them in their faith journeys. I know it might sound strange, but listening to Andy Stanley, for example, preach yesterday about Jacob and Esau ministered to some of the regrets I have from my own walk through the 18-25 minefield. And John Piper’s message last night was one of the most beautiful, tender presentations of the Gospel I have ever heard.

The sessions aren’t available online indefinitely, but you can still see the last few sessions on the Passion 2011 website. Andy Stanley teaches in session 4, and John Piper is session 5. I think the link will land you on a page with a welcome video, and you can click through from there to find the links to the sessions.

Hope you’re having a great Tuesday!

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  2. Mary Kat's Mom says:

    Oh, thanks! ! ! I need to hear this and will encouage my 18 year old to listen as well! ! Thank you!

  3. They actually had one in Texas several years ago, and I still remember things I heard there. It sounds like the list of speakers has grown since then! It was an amazing experience for sure.

  4. We gathered around the computer last night and this morning as a family and watched. Amazing! (I could hardly sleep last night for pondering the truths shared.) Our children are 12 1/2 and 14, and we’re so thankful that they got to hear these truths! How I pray that all that was spoken is burned into our lives and into every hearer’s life from now on and forever!

  5. Thanks for sharing. I’ll check this out tonight. It sounds great.

  6. “18-25 minefield”. Yep, that’s a great description of it. Wish I’d had people like these pouring into my life at that time of my life!

  7. Going there right now! Thank you for sharing these with us!! And Happy New Year! :)

  8. yes and amen.

    if you miss out on it, you can pay $25 for the digital access and get all the main sessions.

    Worth it if you ask me.

  9. Oh, Louie! Love him. When I was single and living in Atlanta I used to go to the weekly Tuesday night singles services at Northpoint Church. Never failed to leave completely renewed. I’ll take a listen when I get a minute, for sure.

  10. I was very fortunate to be able to attend Louie’s bible study for Singles every Tuesday night for almost 5 years before I got married. He quit doing that to do Passion full time not long after. He is such a good teacher, as are all of the speakers at the conference. I really miss hearing him every week though.

  11. I’m right in that age group, and could really use some widsom and encouragement at this point in my life. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I spent yesterday catching up on laundry while watching Piper and Stanley…Good stuff!!!

    Happy New Year to you!

  13. Excuse me, because I am new to this group of people…

    Who does the music? I have been a Christian for a while now, but never been able to swallow the music. Even the “rocked out” musisian types doing Christian music never appealed to me. Always seemed too…I don’t know…put on?

    anyway, I LIKE these guys! I would totally by a CD and jam out in my car!

  14. Thanks for the link! I really appreciate it when you share things like this.

  15. doesn’t that cute picture/Bible verse blend well with those curtains we were getting you to hang with the rings? just curious if you hung it anywhere near them.

    it’s precious. just precious.

  16. My 21 year old daughter went with several girlfriends and her boyfriend and they were tremendously impacted. I am SO thankful for Louie’s ministry and his belief that this age group has something to contribute to the body of Christ. I am looking forward to how God will unfold the truths they heard in the coming year…