Last week I attended Hillsong Conference. People traveled from all corners of the globe to be there, so what a blessing it is to live only 30 minutes away from Sydney Olympic Park. I was joined by 22,000 other worshipers, who clearly loved to praise and magnify the name of Jesus! It was a foretaste of heaven!
This was my 10th #HillsongConf and it is amazing to see how things have evolved since my first visit way back in 1996. Hillsong Conference is now a world class event, with Christian speakers and artists from all over the planet presenting.
Over the week, I heard 13 sermons, plus workshops. Below are some of the significant take home points for me:
- “When we stand together as the body of Christ, we can do infinitely more together than we can apart.” – Craig Groeschel
- “Life is better with Jesus when you forget what you THINK you deserve.” ‐ Judah Smith
- “What is your test now…will soon become your testimony” –Joel Osteen
- “Your miracle is never in what you have lost…its always in what you have left” – Bishop TD Jakes
I frantically took notes and would be lost without Evernote. The best way to capture, access and file information…and it costs ZIP. What is YOUR weapon of choice?
The challenge now, is to review those notes and to be intentional about applying what I saw and heard to life and ministry. This will take about a week, and God willing, the event will be more than just a feel good experience.
Pastors Brian and Bobby Houston say, “Our mandate as a conference is to champion the cause of the local church on the earth.” I witnessed this first hand. There was over 4,000 volunteers and pretty much everyone that I came in contact with was willing and eager to serve. God is working powerfully through Hillsong and I have no doubt that they have a heart for others, both the lost and the saved.
BUT WAIT! What about the worship (music for my conservative friends-ha)?
It was inspirational, as usual. Each year, Hillsong launches a live recording at conference. “Glorious Ruins” is the title of the latest album and it does not disappoint. It is full of uplifting anthems that will bless both the individual and the church. The strongest congregational songs are probably:
“Anchor”“Christ Is Enough”
“Man Of Sorrows”
“You Never Fail”