Over 20,000 university students and leaders from around the world converged in downtown Atlanta Friday evening to kick off the Passion 2015 conference, the first of three, 3-day gatherings hosted by Passion this year focused on making Jesus famous while benefitting local communities and impacting the world.
Attendees at this first Passion 2015 gathering represent twenty-two nations and over 1,000 different universities. The majority of conference participants are students and young professionals ages 18-25, along with pastors and church leaders attending with their groups. In addition, over 1,000 volunteers – referred to as “Door Holders” – are assisting with various logistical needs throughout the conference.
The opening session featured a message from Louie Giglio, founder of the Passion movement and pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta. He focused on Jesus Christ’s final word on the cross, “Tetelestai,” which means “It is finished” in the Greek language. In his dynamic style, Giglio expounded on the meaning of this word and explained the Biblical belief that when Jesus died, He died so all mankind could have eternal life.
“We’re beginning where Christ ended because His last word is our first,” said Giglio. “His last expression on earth makes possible all of our expressions on earth. We’re going to the end of His life to find the beginning of ours—the end of His word to find the beginning of our words.”
Giglio emphasized that the Gospel message is not simply one of forgiveness of sins, but also a call to surrender because of Christ’s finished work on the cross. “We live in a ‘me’ and ‘my’ generation, but we are the Jesus generation united for His fame,” he said. “We rally around the life and death of Jesus. We pray tonight that we will receive the Gospel and relinquish our lives in total surrender.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post