We’ve just wrapped up two amazing events in Manila, worshiping together with over 17,000+ Filipinos in the Araneta Coliseum and all we can say is—WOW!!! Our prayer is always for these nights to be marked by the power and presence of God, and that was never more true than as we gathered and saw hundreds respond to Jesus the last two evenings.
We’ve loved the opportunity to carry those of you back home at Passion City Church on this journey with us…we’re so grateful for how strongly you’ve supported and given us a sense of unity! Manila gave us an even greater sense of home as some of our Passion City Church family, Crowder and Brett, stepped in to lead with our team.
A few Door Holders from PCC even figured out a way to make it to Manila. One Door Holder shared with our team how many of you back home got together and paved the way through sponsorships for over 70+ Filipinos to be able to attend the events—so amazing! Love the generosity of our House!
Shout out to our on the ground partner Becca Music who did a phenomenal job organizing the event and hosting our team well.
We are headed now to Singapore, for an evening sound check and then leading all day Sunday at 4 gatherings of a local church. Thanks for being in this with us and lifting up our team. Pray for continued strength and energy…Sunday is going to be a long day but we are pumped at the opportunity and incredible privilege we have to lift up Jesus with the Big “C” Church around the globe!
That we may,
When we dreamed of coming to India, we never dreamed that it would be as good as these last two nights! Tonight was amazing as 8,000+ people packed (and I mean PACKED!) into the Thyagaraj Stadium in Delhi. From the downbeat of the first song they were with us, at many times singing so loudly that we had to just step back and listen to the sound of people so excited that they could hardly contain it.
We don’t take for granted the privilege of hosting a worship event in the capital city of the 2nd biggest country in the world, and before we started our prayers were joined with those from leaders from all over the city, that Jesus would be lifted high, people would come to know Him, and that God would use what happened tonight to breathe wind in the sails of the Church in Delhi.
We felt such a sense of togetherness with you as tonight we kicked off over here just a few minutes before the 10AM gathering started in Atlanta at 515. Our house was worshipping at the same exact time on opposite sides of the globe! It is so great hearing the amazing stories of what God is doing at PCC today—Great job Aaron, Shelley, Daniel and team!
We’ve had three events in four days and it has been full, but worth every second! Our team gets a much deserved day off tomorrow (some were on a plane at 4AM this morning after Hyderabad last night!) and then we head towards Manila to reunite with our beautiful Filipino friends.
It may seem repetitive, but we can’t say enough how much we appreciate your prayers. We are seeing Jesus change peoples lives through them!
After all these years Passion finally touched down in India tonight in what was a stunningly beautiful sight.
In the midst of the hustle and seeming chaos that is a Saturday night in Hyderabad (a city with a population larger than Atlanta or Dallas), a sea of 16,000 people jammed onto the sports field at Nizam College to lift up the name of Jesus. They were young and old, loud and reverent…and the whole place came alive on God’s Great Dance Floor!
So far we are two nights into this stretch and we are overwhelmed by the expanse of the Church Jesus is building and the hunger people have for Him all over the globe. Tonight, some came from as far as 14 hours away to be on that field for just a few hours in His presence with His people. And once again we were reminded that it’s a big world, but just One God who frees us, connects us and leads us on.
Our team is doing an amazing job! Putting up an event like this in these places is not a simple task, but both our Passion team, crew and band and our local partners are killing it night after night. We are all in this together!
Thanks for your prayers as we head north to Delhi, a city of 20-million plus where the Irreducible Minimum is this: her people need Jesus!
We are praying and believing for Passion City tomorrow. It’s gonna be a special day in our House! #WORD
Several times throughout the night you heard the statement from our team, “We’re actually doing this!” On some levels it seemed as normal as walking out to lead on a Sunday. The set-up was amazing, the local team had done a great job, there was an expectant crowd, the venue was great (think really big circular three story hotel with giant lobby/meeting/restaurant area in the middle with the room arms curving around and a baseball field sized grassy lawn in the middle) and the production was strong. We arrived, rehearsed and prayed. We prepared and believed.
But on every other level we were like, “Is this really happening?!” We were in Abu Dhabi, the capitol city in the United Arab Emirates. On the way from Dubai some of the highway exits were for the roads leading to Saudi Arabia. Due to some headwind a few weeks prior the gathering had almost been canceled, then the city moved. The event was being held in the middle of the Officer’s Club Hotel and Conference Center. We were in the shadow of the second largest mosque in the world. We had to turn off our walk-in music at a certain point for the call to prayer. And, given UAE is filled with people working and living from different countries around the world, the crowd looked like heaven…and was like heaven.
This: WE. ARE. ACTUALLY. DOING. THIS.
So, how did it all come to be? Well, that’s a long story and some of the details are better left unsaid. But suffice to say a beautiful Church is being built around the globe (at times at great cost) and nothing can stop our God from doing what he has promised to do. Don’t ever count God out!
Thank you to the government and the wonderful people of UAE for your kind welcome and gracious hospitality. We are truly stunned, humbled and amazed. What a privilege to worship such a great and almighty God under a gorgeous night sky. Do not lose your confidence in the One who leads you.
Thank you to our family back home. Our phones were buzzing as your encouragement was flooding our way. Please don’t stop providing the covering we need to proclaim the One who sets us free.
It has been truly stunning to watch what God has been doing in and through Passion City Church over the past few weeks. Sunday was a game-changer as we stepped into the power of our position (which can’t get better) and its ability to shape our lifestyle performance (which matters to God and to the world). Hopefully, our lives are “smelling good” today in a trashy world, one that needs to know that Jesus is alive. #WORD
Then, The Grove simply blew up with God’s favor as He told the story of shade and restoration. The story came to life in a personal and tangible way because God plopped Passion City down at the right time in the right place at 515 Garson Drive. As a result, life and freedom have come to our neighborhood!
But, happily, there is no disconnect between what Jesus is doing on the corner in our neighborhood to what He is doing on every corner around the globe. We are a part of one big Church and we have a calling to share the light and love of the Gospel with every person alive.
That’s what brings us to Dubai, the jewel of the United Arab Emirates today, a shimmering place filled with possibility, inspiration and beautiful people. Rising out of the desert, Dubai boasts the world’s tallest building (almost twice the height of the Empire State Bldg) and an insatiable desire to create what seems impossible. This place is an architect’s dream. If you can design it, they will build it! Think every amazing building you’ve ever seen all in one city.
Dubai is awash with wealth, innovation and an almost palpable urge to prove something to the world. But underneath it all, people are people. And if the irreducible minimum is that people need Jesus, you can safely say this entire city of millions of people is in need today. Once your jaw drops over the opulence, your heart breaks for the people. How can they know where grace and life are found?
What a privilege that we have the chance to step into what God is already doing here and in the other cities we will touch down in over these days. He’s the God of these cities, too, and His Church is being established brick by brick. We want to breathe a little wind into that process tonight in Abu Dhabi (the capitol city down the way that will host us). Thank you for reaching around the world with your prayers and for covering this night with confidence, faith and favor.
Jesus is alive.
Passion 2014 Atlanta Is Here
This week, thousands of university-aged young people and their leaders will converge on Atlanta from across the nation and world. Our Passion City family is working hard to prepare for, host and lead this gathering, January 17/18. We are excited and we need the whole House to lean in, praying for God to meet us in power during these days. If you are not attending or Door Holding this year (and even if you are), please pray. Each day and night this week teams of people will be working at all hours to do the big and small things necessary to make Passion 2014 possible. Please ask God to fill our team with a sense of His presence and to cover us with strength and protection as we seek to serve Him! We believe it’s going to be amazing.
Join Us January 19 As Passion City Church Meets at Philips Arena
Following Passion Atlanta we’ll have one huge Passion City Church gathering at Philips Arena on Sunday night, January 19 at 5PM! As well, we are recording the new Passion album on this night. You do not want to miss it!
This will be our ONLY gathering this coming Sunday. All are welcome and no tickets are necessary. Doors open one hour before the start time. We want to see you there!
For His Fame!
We hope you had a special and meaningful Christmas with those you love!
A quick reminder: we are not gathering at Passion City on Dec. 29, but look forward to seeing you January 5 as we launch into the new year together.
As well, please make note of a few exciting things coming soon…
Save the Date for Community Group Collective
If you’ve been looking to make friends and find community at Passion City Church, this is your night! Make plans to join us on January 9 at 7:30p as we kick off Community Groups for 2014. All groups will meet at 515 (at Passion City Church)—you won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with others who live in your part of town. The night will begin with time in individual Community Groups and end with one big celebration as we finish the night in worship together. A great way to start 2014!
January 19 Passion City Church Meets at Philips Arena
Following Passion Atlanta we’ll have one huge Passion City Church gathering on January 19 at 5p at Philips Arena! This will take the place of our normal Sunday gatherings that day. All are welcome and no tickets are necessary.
Speaking of Passion 2014, please continue to include our first conference of the year in your prayers. Passion Atlanta is getting close and we have great expectation for all God is going to do!
2013 was an amazing year, but we’re excited about all Jesus will do in our House in 2014. We hope you’re planning to be a part.
See you soon!
The Christmas season is one of the most special times of the year, one filled with anticipation, wonder and joy! But these days can also be marked by stress and strife as we deal with difficult circumstances and try to hold it all together on the mad dash to Christmas morning.
At Passion City Church we LOVE to celebrate Christmas, yet we know if we don’t slow down and breathe in the person of Jesus, we might miss the meaning in it all.
To help us along the way, we are lifting up the Advent season with the new release of Waiting Here For You: An Advent Journey of Hope. Each day the readings, scripture, reflection and prayers will help us trade consumption for compassion as we fix our gaze on Jesus. You can get a copy of Waiting Here For You here.
Don’t miss our Advent Sundays as they continue on December 15 and 22. Special note about our gatherings on December 22nd…we’ve decided to not gather at 5pm and will just have morning gatherings that day. Passion Students is also taking a break. This will allow everyone the chance to spend some time with family on Sunday evening before opening the House on Christmas Eve!
And be sure to join us with your family and friends for Christmas Eve at Passion City! This year there will be three gatherings at 2:30 / 5 / 7:30. Tickets are not necessary, but to help with our planning you need to RSVP here and let us know which gathering you will attend. Bloom, for children birth through pre-K, will be available at all gatherings.
Join us as we continue our Word series in the letter to the Ephesians starting Sunday, October 20th. This powerful text comes alive with practical truth about who we now are in our new relationship with Christ AND how we now love because His life is on us. If you want to read ahead, this week we’ll pick back up with Chapter 3.
Don’t miss a minute or a verse! Sundays at 10 / 12:30 / 5.