Hillsong Comes from Down Under to Light a Fire with No Other Name

No Other Name “If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk with others.” —African Proverb   No Other NameLast Sunday night Alan, Stephen, and I had the rare privilege of attending Hillsong’s No Other Name concert at Resurrection Life Church here in GR. Crowds waiting at Res LifeThere were long lines and huge, happy crowds waiting for the doors to open, and I’m guessing it was a sold-out program. Hillsong Sings It was definitely a sold-out group of  thousands of Christians, who seemed to know and sing every song with passionate energy. DSCN7358 In fact, sound waves were  bouncing off the walls and the entire balcony was vibrating under the influence of all that exuberant joy! Hillsong Team But, it wasn’t only worship. It was an evangelistic service where the gospel was preached, & it was a time of challenge for those of us who already love the Lord… In the Savior's Lovea challenge to do something about the 27 million people who are now trapped in the human trafficking industry. (This is the second fastest-growing crime in the world, with more slaves on earth today than ever before in the world…Google “help for victims of human trafficking” for more info.) Reuben Morgan leading worship We were also offered an opportunity to help support one of the 153 million (+?) orphans in the world. (Compassion International has an option to adopt a child with your birth date, which I think is especially meaningful.) Crowds leaving after Hiillsong Concert At any rate, I left with a poignant mixture of heartache and joy similar to the way I feel returning from a mission trip: burdened but full of renewed enthusiasm for sharing the hope of Christ with the world! Hillsong. In Christ AloneThere’s way too much info to make a coherent post out of all that’s been rumbling ’round in my heart, but let me just pass along this thought from a lecture by Wes Granberg-Michaelson that my son Jonathan orchestrated as part of a series on how to navigate the changes in world Christianity. Hilsong No Other Name What is this wonderful gospel that we Christians keep getting so excited about? Hillsong Leading Worship According to Wes (and I agree): “What do we mean by the transforming power of the gospel in the lives of people and the world? This is a spiritual power embedded in the material world which moves beyond the rational mind and is experienced in the community of believers.”Jesus “So the gospel of Jesus Christ transforms one’s individual life, through the Spirit, incorporating him or her into a community that is shaped by the empowering work of the same Spirit, and that community expresses its life through joining in God’s mission, offering the gift of life to all and directed toward the healing of all creation.”Hilsong Sings “Our theological task is to constantly weave and pull together each part of this transforming work of God.” That’s a mouthful, but I think if we could embrace this mission as a group of believers from every race and nation, we could truly impact our world in a wonderfully positive way. HIllsong LIghting a Fire Hillsong came all the way from Australia to light a fire here in the U.S., and I hope we keep it burning!  I want to walk far and together. You too?!Christ Alone“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
(Acts 4:12, ESV)Reuben Morgan “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”(Romans 1:16) HIllsong. Jesus“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel…that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared…to more than 500 brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive…”
(1 Corinthians 15:1-6, ESV) Hillsong No Other Name Singing“For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.”
(Ephesians 2:8)

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