Leaders Community Group Notes

This is the sixth post in the Passion 2012 series. These are my notes from the Leaders Community Group at the Passion Conference, led by Tim Smith, senior executive pastor at Pinelake Church.  Francis Chan and John Piper also shared with us.

Notes from Tim Smith

One of the tempting things when attending a conference like Passion is to get caught up in the names and only take the messages at face value. Too often we’re like consumers in a restaurant watching chefs cook food without consuming and digesting it so that it can benefit us. We like to be there for the show or to say we saw “so-and-so,” but don’t go over the sermon/song material on a deeper level to: 1) see how the content lines up with Scripture 2) study the truths the speaker pointed out, so that we might apply them in our own lives.     Read more of this post


Boldly Proclaiming the Gospel

This is the fifth post in the Passion 2012 series. These are my notes from Louie Giglio’s message on January 5, 2012 at the Passion Conference entitled “Boldly Proclaiming the Gospel.”

Main Text- Ephesians 6:10-20 (primarily v. 18-20)

…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

God isn’t limited in anything that He does. Often when we interact with the words on the pages of the Bible, we forget about the hands the Holy Spirit used to write them. The writers of Scripture were real people with real problems and real joys. For instance, Paul, the writer of the book of Ephesians, was in chains as he wrote the above verses. He had had his life’s trajectory drastically changed as a result of his encounter with Jesus Christ.    Read more of this post

Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ

This is the fourth post in the Passion 2012 series. These are my notes from John Pipers’s message on January 4, 2012 at the Passion Conference entitled “Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ.”
Note: John Piper usually puts up the audio from his conference messages on the Desiring God website. When the audio is up, I will link to it from this post.

The Apostle Paul wanted God to be glorified in every area of his life, even in his death. Even when he was in prison, chained to a wall, he sought to glorify God through his situation. Not only did he write letters to pastors and churches to encourage them, he shared the gospel with his guards and captors; all with an attitude of joy.

God wants every believer to live a live that makes Him look glorious (1 Cor 6:19-20; Matt 5:16; Col 1: 16). Everything we do should make God look great. All things exist to put God’s infinite majesty on display.

Main Point: Seeing and savoring the supremacy of Jesus Christ frees us from the slavery of sin for the sacrifices of love. 

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The Living Word of God

This is the third post in the Passion 2012 series. These are my notes from Francis Chan’s sermon on January 3, 2012 at the Passion Conference entitled “The Living Word of God.”

Main Text- 1 Kings 22:1-40 (it’s long, so I won’t post the text in the post)

The greatest thing that could happen as a result of Passion is that people would leave with a faith, hope, and trust in the living Word of God. Like King Ahab in the passage, many people today try to use the Word of God to justify their own desires rather than listening to what God is really saying. Too often, we don’t really want to know what the book says; we just want it to justify for what we want. Be careful of your own heart and desires when reading the Scriptures. It is possible to make the Bible say a lot of things that it really doesn’t by taking verses out of context and twisting their meaning.  That is why it is so essential to study the Bible: you get the context! If we don’t take God’s Word seriously, the results are often disastrous…just ask King Ahab. Read more of this post

Clean Us

This is the second post in the Passion 2012 series. These are my notes from Beth Moore’s message on January 3, 2012 at the Passion Conference entitled “Clean Us.”

Main Text- Luke 8:40-55

Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.

As Jesus went, the people pressed around him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed by anyone. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.” And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat.

In this passage, we see again that Jesus is not afraid to interrupt lives for His glory. As we can see in verses 43-48, Jesus interrupts the larger narrative of Jairus’s daughter (v. 40-42; 49-55) to meet the individual need of the woman. Read more of this post

The Life-Intersecting Savior

This is the first post in the Passion 2012 series. These are my notes from Louie Giglio’s sermon on January 2, 2012 at the Passion Conference entitled “The Life-Intersecting Savior.”

If the Dome doesn’t affect the dorm, then what was the point? Passion is about spreading the name of Jesus among the nations. It’s a more than a conference; it’s a movement.

Main Text- Luke 7:11-18  Read more of this post

Quotes from Passion 2012

This is the introductory post to the Passion 2012 series that will include quotes, sermon notes, and an overview from the 2012 Passion Conference in Atlanta, GA on January 2-5.

The 2012 Passion Conference was incredible! The four-day conference, held in the Georgia Dome, featured speakers like  Beth MooreLouie GiglioFrancis Chan, and John Piper in addition to worship led by Chris TomlinKristian StandfillCharlie Hall, and David Crowder Band. The conference was attended by 44,000 college students (and college ministry leaders) from all over the world. In addition, $3,066,670 were donated to end modern day slavery (CNN story) and 36,000 towels along with 156,000 pairs socks were donated for the homeless of Atlanta.

Passion wasn’t about the names or the numbers though, it was about uniting as believers to glorify the name of Jesus Christ. Over the next few days, I’ll post the notes that I took during the sermons. Today, I’ll start with some quotes from the speakers. I pray that they will challenge and encourage you and those you share them with. Read more of this post

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