After a mere 3 hours of sleep last night, the alarm clock this morning was not my friend. 5:45 a.m. my alarm sounds and I crawl out of my hotel bed, dragging to start the day.
During our first activity, called community groups, we meet up with 7 other strangers to make friends with during the week. This activity is meant as an in-depth study of the main sermon that day. During community groups, this morning, we went over the concept of have eternal faith in the invisible God. For example, when you or a loved one is going through a hard time, and you pray to the Lord, you want Him to make Himself visible. That won’t always be an option. You must have enduring hope and faith that even though you can’t see the Lord, he is still there. We studies in the book of Colossians, chapter 1 verses 15-17.
Throughout the day, we had 4 different sessions. Each session includes worship music and sermons from world-renowned preachers. Today, John Piper spoke over the topic, “Fighting the Loss of Taste for God.” Kathryn and Jay Wolf came on next to speak of her undeniable faith, even though she had been through so much suffering in her lifetime. If you don’t recognize the name Kathryn Wolf, she is a beautiful woman who had a horrible stroke and paralyzed majority of her body. Through the two years she spent in the hospital, she says her faith only grew stronger. She learned to celebrate the suffering, because through suffering there comes strength at the end. Kathryn’s story reached out to each heart in the audience, overflowing with inspiration
Beth Moore, Francis Chan, and Louie Giglio spoke next about having the most pure child-like faith during your journey with God. Giglio stated, “We must believe we are God’s inheritance, because he has already set out the future, and we are to be made in His image.”
My final, and favorite, part of the night was the band Hillsong United. After a slower song, the music slowed to a stop, except the piano. Standing in the stadium, in complete silence I hear something. The voices of thousands start singing together. They continue on the song after the music ended. Standing, listening to thousands of voices join together as one, took my breath away. As the voices rose up, the band stood in awe, and the Lord worked His power in every heart. God is doing amazing things here at Passion 2017, and I 100% believe THIS will be the generation to start a movement. We will make history in the name of the Lord, our God.