Passion 06 concluded in downtown Nashville yesterday as Passion Conferences founder/director Louie Giglio encouraged students to return to campus and let ‘Passion’ begin.
“We’re not sending you to Africa or on a summer mission adventure, because that’s not where you’re going when you leave Nashville today. We’re sending you back home today, and that’s where Passion starts, right then and there, where God can make a difference in your world.”
The heartbeat of Passion is to send students to campuses, to see campuses come back to life, and Giglio encouraged students to live an authentic, vibrant, real Christian life. “People living in darkness will be drawn to your light and ask, ‘What is your deal?’ It’s our heart that you can answer in a normal, conversational, relational way and you’re able to tell them the story of God.”
Talking from Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,” Giglio exhorted students to follow the stirring in their hearts, whether that be in church ministry, fashion design, architecture, filmmaking, etc. “It’s not about what you do; it’s about whatever you do for the sake of showing Jesus to the world. If this is going to work, you must love God supremely, engage the culture with excellence, and connect in a community of faith.”
Throughout the conference, students shared their Passion experiences in the Graffiti area of the Go Center, offering expressions of art, written prayer and declarations on the backdrops provided. Pieced together and raised as a curtain at the end of the final session, the Graffiti backdrop enclosed the four sides of the main stage and showed the letters spelling “GLORIOUS” around its circumference. Cutting the lights and illuminating the curtain with black lighting, the students’ words and artistic renderings came into view, capping Passion 06 with the offerings of the students to a glorious God.
Passion 06 opened Monday, January 2 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center (GEC) in downtown Nashville at full conference capacity with 18,000 in attendance and students representing all 50 states, 20 countries. Passion 06 was a four-day indoor gathering for college students led by renowned speakers Louie Giglio, John Piper and Beth Moore, among others, as well as artist-worshipers Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman, Shane and Shane, Nathan and Christy Nockels, and more. Passion 07 will be held in early January 2007 in Atlanta. More information on the gathering and new music available from Passion 06 will be available at www.268generation.com soon.
The unique purpose of Passion is to gather college students from campuses and churches across the nation, uniting them across ministry and denominational lines to seek the face of God together in worship and prayer. Affirming and valuing the work of local churches and campus ministries, Passion seeks to foster unity and connectivity among them, encouraging them to draw strength and encouragement from each other, resulting in a louder anthem of God’s renown.
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