📍Pontiac, IL - 2018
Three Take Away’s from the There Is More Conference 2018
This past weekend October 12-13, 2018 the band went out to Pontiac, IL for the first annual There Is More Conference. We saw God touch hearts and begin to bring a community together. The conference consisted of youth groups from the area from a variety of different churches. We’ve seen it over and over, the youth can be the catalyst for unity across churches, cities, and denominations. Here are some take away’s from the weekend.
1. This Generation Is Touching Heaven
During worship I was so aware of the reality that this generation is closer than ever to the return of Christ. This is sort of a no-brainer. Like when people joke “you’re closer to dying than you’ve ever been,” I mean I get that, but there is a profound truth in knowing that day of Christ is approaching.
We sang the song “Fullness” by Elevation Worship throughout the event. There is a key line that says, “Let our hearts continue burning, for our king is soon returning.” I wonder how long we have let the coming of Christ burn in our hearts? When was the last time you were in touch with this anticipation and longing?
This reality will transform our lives. Not in the sense of fear that he may come when we aren’t ready or saved, but with a sense of freedom knowing that every work and moment on this earth is packed with purpose in preparation for the return of Jesus to earth.
2. I Want More Celebration In Worship
Other than Fullness, my favorite song to lead was “Real Love” by Hillsong Young & Free. This song is crazy high energy with full-on bass drops and synth hits, but the message is clear: “this is real love.” It’s hard to focus on little details like the style of music, the lights/environment, or even the smallest distractions when there is an environment of praise that comes from freedom in our hearts.
So many lies, fears, and insecurities just fall off when we begin to celebrate and recognize who God is in worship. Music has a way of stirring us and setting atmosphere, why don’t we make sure to balance contemplation with praise!
Maybe most of the students were just jumping around and being excited, but even so there is incredible value in combining this excitement with the message of real love. Sometimes we are called to plant a seed and let God lead others in the next steps.
3. The Victory of Jesus is Forever
One other song we sang was “Living Hope” by Phil Wickham. The third verse paints the image of Christ as the Roaring Lion breaking through the silence of eternity. What incredible victory we have. His roar of victory carries even to today and breaks off all condemnation and bondage.
There is an element of worship that simply declares, “YES! I am living in a legacy of freedom!” Not that we can always ignore our sinfulness or trials, but that there is power in declaring a name: Jesus.
What would it take for you to let out this roar of freedom and victory today?