Over the past few days, I had the privilege of serving at Passion 2011. Jana and I joined approximately 22,000 college students to lift up the name of Jesus in Atlanta, GA. I led a group of 600 great people in a time of Bible study and small group discussion each morning and each evening as we tried to get a handle on what the Lord was saying to each of us.
On the last morning, I encouraged our group to think about Passion in terms of snapshots – images or phrases that will serve as stones of remembrance when they think about their experience. And while I’ll be writing more in the coming days about my own snapshots, here are a few moments I’ll think about for a long, long time:
1. Seeing 11 students in my own group stand up at a “Christian” conference and own up to the fact that though they might be religious, they have never been “born again.”
2. Watching “poor” college students give over $1 million to the lowest and the least around the world for the sake of the kingdom of God.
3. Hearing John Piper, after an 8-month sabbatical, talk about having Jesus established as the root of all your joy.
4. Seeing a line of people 400 deep waiting to have the chance to sponsor a child from Compassion International.
5. Being firmly convinced, once again, that despite what some statistics might say, the young adults of the world are not looking for an easy pathway of discipleship, but instead are searching for a presentation of the gospel that engages them at all levels of their personhood. We are looking for something worth giving our lives to, and we’ve found it.
6. Being challenged by Passion founder Louie Giglio to not just be a mule for the culture (more about this in the coming days).
7. Realizing that I’m old. Again.
Suffice it to say that these were great days. Life-changing days. Impacting days. Days from which the ripples will last long throughout the world.
Check out 268generation.com to hear the messages. Registration for Passion 2012 opens in February. Be there.