Note: These are rough notes while I’m at Catalyst Atlanta 2013. I wanted to share what was going on and let you in on the great leadership conference.
He’s been a powerful force in the music industry.
Says his story is in the Bible and references
He was dead in his sin and transgressions but then God adopted him and made him His son. In reality, it’s all of our story.
He saw TuPac as more important than his own father figure. His mother was abused and seen too much corruption in the church that she didn’t want him to be a part of it.
Was an atheist in his youth.
Whatever made him happy made sense to him. Sex, drugs, and money.
That was his identity previously.
Just wanted to be happy.
He lived up the college life. The parties, pleasure, pleasure, pleasure.
Covered up his pain to maximize his pleasure. But still had lots of problems.
Had a lot of problems he needed to mask. God was not in sight.
Thought sex would solve problems. Got him a trip to the clinic.
Thought drugs would solve the problems. Made him lose his job.
Turned to drinking…
He let the pursuit of happiness jack his life up.
Was at his lowest point when Christians invited him to a conference. Accepted only to be a hedonist and meeting people. Met God instead.
He became satisfied by God.
After meeting Jesus, he didn’t want anything to do with the world he knew before. Separation. Insulation.
Immersed himself in Christian activities.
Thought he should be a missionary or a pastor. Shouldn’t be going to school.
Reality inside him said that he really loved music. Is that wrong?
Struggled with what it was all about. What was he made for? What was he to be known for?
Felt a split between his spiritual side and work side.
In the Bible, Daniel stayed in a pagan ruler’s service. He didn’t see a split between a spiritual job and a secular job. It was all unto the Lord.
He saw his work as meaningful and important.
His drinking buddy would be ridding past a church and turn down the music. Why? To respect the BUILDING of the church.
We have created places where we can do things here but not there. We’re not intimate with God.
We’ve given Satan rule and reign over everything but salvation and sanctification.
We have no clue what to do with music and TV and every aspect of our lives.
Everything made was called good.
God made it, it’s good
The world was affected by human sin. Not anything else.
Creation groans because of us.
Adam didn’t fall because he was made out of material, but because he rebelled against God.
Determine what God made it for. Structure and direction. We’re supposed to redeem things in culture.
Use things from a biblical lens.
Our original calling wasn’t destroyed by the fall, just made harder.
Go redeem. Glorify God
To see the rest of my notes from Catalyst Atlanta 2013, click here.