Passion 2011 :: Session 1 :: Louie Giglio

Louie Giglio, with his creative, unique, and passionate style of preaching is on the forefront of ministry to young adults in America. He is the founder of Choice Ministries, which began on the campus of Baylor University in 1985 and is now based in Roswell, Georgia. Under the umbrella of Choice Ministries, Louie founded the highly successful Passion Conferences, which have attracted tens of thousands of young adults in cities throughout America. In addition, Louie Giglio has founded 7:22, a Bible study for single adults in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Louie also heads sixsteprecords, a partnership with Sparrow Records.

Circumstances Don’t Affect God

  • In Texas I grabbed a copy of Time Magazine, and Mark Zuckerburg is the person of the year. The person of the year for 2010 is 26 years old. That’s kinda scary.
  • How many people have never been on Facebook? (He’s counting people in the arena) There are 8 people in this arena that have never been on Facebook.
  • Facebook has rearranged our vocabulary, our GPA, it has caused family tension (haha).
  • It has changed everything! You cannot escape it.
  • This guy did that. Changed our world. He is 26 years old!
  • That is message number 1!
  • God is no respecter of age. This could be the year you are going to change the world. That isn’t just talk. This guy ACTUALLY changed the world.
  • My life could actually change the way people go about their daily business.
  • So who is this guy? Mark Zuckerburg?
    • He’s a high school fencing guy.
    • He’s been offered a billion dollars for Facebook!
    • But he turned them down.
    • He lives in a rented house.
    • He doesn’t own a TV.
    • He drives an Acura.
    • He doesn’t care about material things.
    • He wants transparent relationships to happen for everyone on earth.
    • On his “likes” is “eliminating desire.” “I just want to focus on what we are doing. When I put it in my profile, that is what I was focused on. I think it is buddhist. It is very easy to get distracted or caught up in material things that don’t matter.”
    • Actually is eliminating desire for all that doesn’t matter.
  • Jesus, would you drown out every single desire for everything that doesn’t matter.”
    • Lets make sure that our lives count for what matters most. That we don’t spend our lives for some other lesser name, than the name of Jesus.
    • Mark Zuckerburg is on a different page and he is feeling it for Facebook.
    • Tonight is the night of beginnings, and fresh starts.
    • Tonight is 1.1.11
    • The beginning is God.
    • Everything in life is possible because of Him.
    • Rise and shine, and give glory to the God that is making all things new!
  • Philippians 1:1
    • The first word of the first verse “Paul”
    • Its not “hi I’m Paul”
    • When he wrote this letter and started with his name, he announced that all things can be made new
    • USed to be known as Saul, I’m writing to you as Paul. “He was Saul”
    • There was some serious hatred in this moment with Steven in Acts.
    • They dragged him from the city, and began to stone him. The witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.
    • Steven prayed, “Lord JEsus receive my spirit.” He then died. Saul was there giving approval to his death.
    • Saul stood there and watched them crush this follower of JEsus with stones, and he sanctioned it.
    • Fast forward to Philippians 1.
    • That guy is writing a letter to the church, to encourage them.
    • He starts the letter by saying “Paul” because God changed his name. God changed his identity.
    • God opened his eyes to see His glory.
    • God chased everything about this guy. It was a massive new incredible beginning.
    • He is saying the Gospel in one name “Paul.” He is saying “God can do anything. God always uses his enemies for the greatest things on earth.”
    • It is not unlike God to choose anyone in this building and to completely change everything about you, to be an agent for his name. To do things that will blow your mind.
  • Paul is saying we were all enemies of God. There is no one at Passion 2011 that was not an enemy of God.
    • God comes in and says, “I’m going to choose to use my enemies, because all I have is enemies.” “I want to extend grace to you.”
    • I hear that every time I hear the name “Paul.”
    • Verse 3, “He who began a good work in you, will not quit, and will carry that work on until it is completed.”
    • God is for you!
    • Jesus is praying for you. The Holy Spirit is praying for you right now.
  • Verse 12, what has happened to me has served to advance the cause of Christ.
    • He is literally changed to someone in a jail cell while he is writing this.
    • It costs them a lot to push forth the name of Jesus.
  • Verse 13, “as a result it has become clear to the whole palace guard that I am in chains for Christ.”
  • We are the biggest bunch of complainers. Even the smallest things. We just don’t get it like Paul got it. Circumstances have no power over us being free in Christ, and fully alive.
    • Whatever circumstances are over us, we need to stop complaining.
    • God doesn’t care about circumstances, they do not limit Him in the slightest.
  • We preach our own funerals. We don’t ever know when that is going to be.
  • Verse 19, I believe all of this is going to workout for my deliverance. God has a purpose and a plan.
  • Verse 20, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
  • We think to do our own thing is freedom, but it really just wraps a chain around our neck, and chokes us.
    • Freedom comes from choosing Jesus.
    • When we choose to connect our lives to Jesus, we are instantly and forever free.
  • Johnathan Edwards had 2 resolutions:
    • I will live for God – When you say “yes” to Jesus, you are saying “no” to a bunch of other things.

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