Passion 2012: ‘Knowing The Bible’ (Francis Chan)

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[Editor's Note: These notes are from the Passion 2012 conference. They are from the perspective of the speaker. Enjoy them, and check out the other sessions from Beth Moore, Christine Caine, John Piper, and Louie Giglio (2).]

We can do this if we refuse to be reserved. You’re gonna have to get ugly.

Little kids are being raped repeatedly right now. Ugly.

You can’t casually care for sex trafficking.

[box_light]I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
–Romans 1:16 (NIV)[/box_light]

Whether it’s sitting on an airplane or talking to neighbor. Talking about Jesus is important.

We’re not ashamed when we’re in this room. God, I want to be a person who’s never ashamed. God, let me be your mouthpiece.


Go home and read the Bible. Read it over and over again. You get so many messages all day long. So much noise; so many lies. You need it.

To really believe that Jesus touched the man on the stretcher, or the woman with the hemorrhages… and that he listens to me now: there’s power in that.

So many people will lie to you throughout your lifetime. Unless you read the Bible over and over again, you won’t be able to tell who’s lying to you.

How do you know if I am telling you the truth?

Do you know this book [The Bible] well enough?

Are you willing to say whatever, in accordance to God? You won’t even know what Jesus looks like if you don’t study this book. You’re not taking the obvious teaching in this book.

[box_light]I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom:
–2 Timothy 4:1 (NLT) [/box_light]

People. We always tell them what they want to hear. If you have a desire you can justify it with the Bible… if you work hard enough. We fight for what we desire. It happens in church all the time…

We don’t really want to know what the book says; we just want it to justify for what we want.

For example: we try to beautify everything. Noah’s ark. Picture the giraffes, and all of the animals two-by-two; I doubt your parents painted all the people drowning!

[box_light]Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.
–Luke 14:12 (NIV) [/box_light]

Recently, I held a banquet for some underprivileged people in our community. We invited them to a party. To make them feel loved. We fed them; bought them things. When I throw a party for the poor, the lame, the weak, and I get so excited… I wonder if that’s what God feels about me.

Is that how God feels about me?


Do you take the Word of God literally?

Do you really believe God commanded you to go and make disciples?

We have to start doing this. Human trafficking? The solution is making disciples.

There’s a few people who take God at his word and make disciples. The rest follow. I believe I can lead them to the Lord by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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  • Robbie

    “We don’t really want to know what the book says; we just want it to justify for what we want.”

    This is embarrassingly truthful. Do we treat God’s Word as the actual words that God breathed, or do we take the Bible as a self help, run-of-the-mill, inspirational book? I know personally it is easy to forget the power of His word.

  • Jayson Schmidt

    Yes. So often the Bible is treated as a self help book… and I’ll step to the front of the line there. We will tweak and twist and find a way to make our own presuppositions true, all while ignoring who Christ truly is and what he did.

    Sometimes it’s best to sit back, rest in him, and try to believe with a childlike faith. Easier said than done.

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