Louie Giglio: One name – Jesus

 
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One name. That is what Louie Giglio, the 2015 Send North America Conference evening session keynote speaker, told attendees they need to focus on.

“We are celebrating the gospel–and a name,” said Giglio, pastor of Atlanta’s Passion City Church. “The gospel is not that sin made us bad. It is worse than that. Sin made us dead. But Jesus stepped into our dilemma. He did not leave His throne to make us good people. He came to make us not dead.”

Giglio said the resurrection of Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit set in motion the plan of God, outlined in the Book of Acts, setting the course for a Church that would send its people. “I’m not dead because of one thing–not an event, although an event was involved. The reason is because of a name,” Giglio said.

Giglio used the example of Peter’s first sermon and some of his early miracles to show the power of Jesus name.

“There is no other name. It is the name that makes us alive from the dead. Without the resurrection, whatever we are doing here will not work,” said Giglio.

Giglio said he believed that when God the Father moved to resurrect His Son, He called His name. “It is possible at sundown, God said, ‘Jesus.’

“Once Jesus was alive there was a plan (Acts 1:4-8). Once we come alive we are part of the plan. He sent the power and then He sent us out. The plan is we will be His witnesses. We will tell about Him,” said Giglio.

The plan and the power fuel preaching, said Giglio. “Preaching has two fruits–one is salvation. One is the church. People are knit together into the church.”

Giglio said sin inevitably causes people to become selfish and to look inward.

“Sin leads to in. It always turns the focus on me,” said Giglio. “The first two letters of gospel are g-o. The Spirit says go. It takes the propulsion of the Spirit to overcome the inward pull of the flesh. It is all about the name of Jesus. That is what God has given us to celebrate–His name.”

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By Joe Conway, a writer for the North American Mission Board. 

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Life on mission with passion celebrated at Send Conference

 
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By Joe Conway 

NASHVILLE – A sold-out crowd of 13,000 from all 50 states and four Canadian provinces flooded into Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to celebrate the call of Jesus and the response of life on mission at the 2015 Send North America Conference Monday.

Illusionist and host Harris III opened the gathering by taking the stage with a seemingly empty white box representing a life lived on mission. He described the contents of the box as a “mystery” before, piece by piece, removing items that signified unique lives lived on mission, explaining, “You don’t have a mystery to solve. You have a ministry to serve.”

North American Mission Board president, Kevin Ezell, and IMB president, David Platt, welcomed the assembly and led in a time of prayer to kick off the conference. Platt challenged attendees to entreat God to move in big ways.

“This is where I want to call 13,000 plus people in this arena, from the beginning [of the conference], to put a blank check of our lives on the table for God—no strings attached,” said Platt, challenging attendees to serve wherever God calls them.

“We need pastors, students, men and women to rise up,” said Ezell. “We want this to be more than a conference you attend, we want it to be a life-altering experience.

The mission entity leaders were joined on the platform by Southern Baptist Convention president Ronnie Floyd, Tennessee Baptist Convention executive director Randy Davis and others who helped lead prayer.

Opening session keynote speaker J.D. Greear told attendees they have a call to leverage their talents and lives for the Great Commission.

“True growth only comes through scattering and gain only comes by losing,” said Greear, sending church pastor of Summit Church in Raleigh, N.C. “It’s counterintuitive, but it’s true. Jesus’ promises about the greatness of the church were always tied to sending. He always focused on leaders being raised up and sent out, not an audience being gathered in and counted.”

A dozen breakout sessions at three venues presented participants with topics on living missions in everyday life. Panelist Danae Herndon, who ministers against relational poverty in her Colorado Springs neighborhood, said, “(My husband and I) decided we don’t want to wait to be on mission for someone to fund us. We promised God that we would be on mission today. So we started praying, ‘God, whose life can we breathe into? Who can we be in relationship with? Who can we impact?’ And it always went back to our local community.”

Video interviews, including one with Tysons Foods CEO Donnie Smith, were presented at main sessions in the Bridgestone Center. Smith said, “People don’t mind Christians living Christian lives in the workplace. They hate hypocrites.” He said faithfulness is key to maintaining an effective witness in the corporate world.

The evening sessions keynote speaker, Louie Giglio, told attendees they were celebrating the gospel–and a name.

“The gospel is not that sin made us bad,” said Giglio, pastor of Atlanta’s Passion City Church. “It is worse than that. Sin made us dead. But Jesus stepped into our dilemma. He did not leave His throne to make us good people. He came to make us not dead.”

Giglio said the resurrection of Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit set in motion the plan of God, outlined in the Book of Acts, setting in motion a Church that would send its people.

“Sin leads to in. It always turns the focus on me,” said Giglio. “The first two letters of gospel are g-o. The Spirit says go. It takes the propulsion of the Spirit to overcome the inward pull of the flesh. It is all about the name of Jesus. That is what God has given us to celebrate–His name.”

The night concluded with a concert by David Crowder 

Joe Conway writes for the North American Mission Board. NAMB writer K. Faith Morgan and IMB writer Anne Harman contributed to this article. 

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