Passion City Church

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Last night my wife and I visited the first service of Passion City Church in the ATL. It was quite an experience. The meeting was at the Tabernacle downtown. We waited in a line that wrapped around between three and four blocks to get in. As I said to one of the Passion volunteers corralling us, I think the word got out.

But that’s not the coolest thing.

You see, I’m sure there are some who will say, “Of course it was a big deal. It was basically a free passion concert with Louis Giglio and Chris Tomlin.”

I would disagree.

Yes Chris Tomlin and Louis were there. And just for good measure Matt Redman was hanging out in the front row, and Christy Nockels was also singing. But that wasn’t the point.

It was a room full of people there to worship God. A whole bunch of mostly twenty-somethings letting loose. I think they could have patched in an mp3 player to the system, played some music, and the room would have worshiped just as loudly.

Louis also made it clear who we were there for. The first thing he pointed out in his talk was that Passion City Church exists first For God. Not for us or anyone else; it exists go glorify God.

So it was not a show. It was a room full of people wanting to worship God, love Atlanta, and love the world. It was a generation that wants to see Jesus name made famous.

(By the way, April 10th the Good Friday Service is at Verizon Amhitheatre. Only a $10 charge that helps cover the venue and goes to onemillioncan.com.)

So if you were there, what did you think about it? Who’s going to the next meeting?

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Solutions

There was an article from Cynthia Tucker in the paper recently about panhandlers in Atlanta. I was listening to a commentator this morning complaining about the growing homeless problem in downtown Atlanta. I used to work downtown, and I know how bad it can get.

Everyone has an opinion and a solution. In the end, it’s like putting a bandage on cancer–you’re not really addressing the cause of the problem. What’s the root of the homeless problem? A lot of it is drug and alcohol abuse. Some of it is mental illness. Some of it is unexplainable–many people seem as if they could easily do a days work.

It can’t be attacked from the outside with stronger ordinances. More shelters, while needed, aren’t the answer. Many homeless refuse to go or to ask for help. The problem started somewhere: it began with personal problems and with families. It began with brokenness and failure. It began in a neighborhood or a school that was forgotten. And no matter how much we want it to be so, the government cannot fix the problems from the outside; otherwise, it would be fixed.

Only one entity has the vision, power, and resources to heal the broken and complete the incomplete–the church.

We need to get off our butts, there’s work to do.