Students Meet Jesus at OneDay03
- Wednesday, May 28, 2003
Those who felt challenged in the area of missions were able to visit the "City Center" - a mobilization area designed to help students encounter God's heart for the nations. Guides equipped students with general mission awareness, mission tools and resources, and other foundational knowledge. Talking and praying at each step, the guides helped students identify gifts, passions and skills that will help them discover the role God is calling them to in missions.
And as the David Crowder Band sang, "Make A Joyful Noise to the Lord, All the Earth" that vision of touching nations touched the hearts of many kneeling on the grassy hills. Tomlin, Crowder, Charlie Hall and Matt Redman each chose songs focusing on the name of Jesus; that Jesus alone is worthy.
Rooted in the confession of Isaiah 26:8, the Passion movement has produced a generation on fire for the nations. Passion first began in 1995 with a stirring in the heart of Giglio to see the 13 million college students of the nation awaken to the reality of a glorious God.
From there it grew to a meeting of like-minded college ministers in 1996, to a gathering of 2000 in students in 1997, up through May of 2000, when more than 40,000 student attended the OneDay gathering in Memphis.
"We want to see the students of the nation come to know how great God is, says Giglio, "and that doesn't happen from a formula or a program or a catchy new idea. Passion doesn't have any of those things. We're not selling anything in the Resource Center that says, 'If you go back to your campus and you do A,B,C -then your campus will come alive spiritually.' We believe that is found only in God. That is the invitation that was extended to students today: 'Come and meet the Lord.'"
According to Giglio, the invitation was accepted: "I think seeds were sown in the last few hours in the hearts of people that are going to bear a harvest until Jesus comes that is greater than any of us can imagine. I believe we have seen just the very beginning of a torrential downpour of the grace works of God, all over this world through the lives of this generation."
Tomorrow: More on the teaching and music of OneDay03.
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