Passion City Church has started up again for the summer, which I am quite excited about. This weekend PCC met at the GACS in Norcross. GACS is a school that never ceases to amaze me. It is a private school with K through high school on its campus, it resembles more of a college campus with winding roads, paths, and neatly manicured lawns in front of big buildings. PCC has been meeting over all over greater Atlanta for the last year and a half and has been drawing people from all corners of the metro Atlanta area and then some. Tonight was no exception, with floor seating and the bleachers packed to capacity. It is amazing to see how one baby church plant with no home has moved to reached the masses in such a short time. Some may argue that it is the pastor (Louie) or the worship pastor (Chris Tomlin). However, once you step through the doors and take a step back and look at what is going on, you can tell the spirit of the Lord is moving in a deep way.
The sermon last night was an amazing reminder of when things seem so low and there is no way out..to lift your gaze and if you can lift your eyes towards heaven. Stephen did this even when he knew he was going into his final minutes of his life. The crowd was frothing at the mouth and was dragging him to the open gates to stone him to death according to scripture. Stephen however lifted his gaze towards and heaven and saw God. Stephen knew that in his final hours that God would give him the peace to go through this horrendous act against a "just" man with the knowledge the God is the carrying him through this. "But he being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. and said, "Look! I see the heavens open and the Son of Man is standing at the right hand of God." NIV Acts 7:55-56. As Louie said when you are confronted by your enemies..look up. Looking at your own inadequacies..look up.