My freshman year in college at Baylor University, I heard about a new Bible Study that was starting. A guy named Louie had recently graduated seminary, and was coming to Baylor to lead a weekly Bible Study in an apartment clubhouse. When I went the first time, I never would have guessed what God would teach me through Louie over the next four years, or how He would use this man to impact a generation for Christ.
“Choice” Bible Study quickly grew out of the apartment complex. We moved to a small auditorium on campus, then to a church building across the street and finally (for my tenure) to Waco Hall. By my senior year, we had close to 800-900 students coming (about 10% of the campus at that time). It was an amazing time of spiritual growth, discipleship and being part of a movement of God.
It was also an incredible time of spiritual growth. God used this time to give me a love for worship and His Word. I was blessed to grow up in a very mission-minded church, so I had a solid foundation in Christ. God built on this foundation a heart for worship. Before, worship for me was something you watched – it was spectator time. But, during this time I learned to see worship as a response back to God for who He is and for what He was doing in my life. I learned that my entire life was meant to be a response back to God – to live a life of worship.
In addition to worship, I thank God for this time of discipleship. Every Sunday being at church, and then every Monday night digging into God’s Word was something I only now realize as a huge spiritual blessing. Louie was (and still is) an amazing Bible teacher. He taught books of the Bible and passages of Scripture and brought them to life. In addition, he was always practical. My purpose in life, daily disciplines, and joining God in what He is doing have been foundational truths for me. To be discipled by Louie for four years was truly a gift from God.
From “Choice,” Louie launched the Passion movement. The first Passion event was in Austin, followed by Ft. Worth and then the “One Day” event in Memphis. By this time, I had graduated seminary and was now serving as a Youth Pastor. I remember driving students to these events and watching God use people like Louie, Beth Moore, John Piper and others pour spiritual truth into me as well as into the students I was now discipling. To watch these students grow in their love for the Lord, their heart for worship and their passion for God’s Word was awesome.
What I have always appreciated about Louie is his genuine love for Jesus, his passion for worship and his faithfulness to his call. Louie felt God’s call to raise up a generation in Christ and he has given his life to fulfill that mission. By focusing on college students, God has used Louie to help shape a generation in worship and His Word. Since “Choice” at Baylor, Louie has started a record label, planted a church in Atlanta, and continued to do Passion events. All of these endeavors have only fueled the heartbeat of Christ into the next generation. This past January, I believe there were close to 64,000 college students at the Georgia Dome for Passion ’14, and through “Six Steps” Records, the worship music Louie helps create has impacted churches throughout the world.
Eugene Peterson wrote a book called, “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.” When one is faithful to the call God gives them, the difference that can be made is incredible. For us, I believe there is a huge responsibility to understand what God has called us to do and then to be faithful all of our days.
I am thankful for the influence of Louie Giglio on my life as well as on the lives of countless others for Christ. God has used him to shape a generation. I pray that I will be faithful to Christ, and faithful to my call. May God’s Kingdom be advanced and lives impacted by His love and grace. All glory to our great God!
“Yes, Lord, walking in the way of Your laws, we wait for You; Your Name and Renown are the desire of our hearts.” Isaiah 26:8