Passion City Church Podcast

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A House United
Pastor Ben Stuart // The spirit of God is all about unity. In Ephesians Chapter 4, we are called to bear with one another in love. When we love each other, we love God. This is the heart of unity. — In a culture with increasing individuality, we may start to think that unity means uniformity, but this is not the case. In this week’s message, Pastor Ben Stuart explains how unity and diversity go hand in hand. When we link arms with those who are different than us, we’re stepping into a greater God-story.
Jun 21, 2018
A Perfect Father
Pastor Louie Giglio // “Your primary identity, men, is as a loved son living from approval, not as an unloved son living for approval.” — In this Fathers Day message, Pastor Louie Giglio reminds all of us that before we do anything for God, we have to know who we are in God; learning to be a BE an imitator of a God, walking in love and living a life of love knowing how much He gave himself as a sacrifice.
Jun 19, 2018
The Necessity of Being Settled Down & Filled Up
Pastor Ben Stuart // The people that are making the greatest difference in the world are the ones that have had a difference made inside of them. — Sometimes life gets hard. What’s left to catch us when the bottom falls out from under us? This week, Pastor Ben Stuart talks about the importance of letting Jesus dwell in all areas of our lives. — When Christ is able to enter all areas of our heart, we become rooted and grounded in love. It is here that our lives begin to look different. Sometimes the best change doesn’t come from a change in circumstances, but a change in perspective.
Jun 13, 2018
A Man After God's Own Heart
Pastor Louie Giglio // The fight is real. This Sunday's message is the kickoff of a new series called, Fight Club. Men, it's time to contend for what matters most...our faith, our families, our character, our brothers.
Jun 13, 2018
Nowhere to Go but Up
Levi Lusko // "In the year King Uzziah died..." 52 years of strength were gone in an instant, and with their enemies gathering strength the People of God looked in the only direction they could... up. The link between tribulation and revelation is so powerful because it tells us that on our darkest day God is up to something; and when we walk through trials here on Earth, the power of our praise is that it lifts our eyes in the same direction...up.
Jun 06, 2018
From Hostility to Family
Pastor Ben Stuart // In a day and age where there seems to be rapid growth in hostility between people groups, God is calling us back into the family. — This week Pastor Ben Stuart encourages us in a message about unity. In a breakdown of Ephesians Chapter 2, we find that the grounds for unity is humility, and the goal of unity is Glory. When we love each other with a contributing spirit instead of a critical one, Jesus gets the glory!
Jun 03, 2018
Pastor Ben Stuart // “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10 — New identities bring new activities. When we accept the gift of grace and are raised with Christ, our lives begin to take on new activities. It is not because of our actions we are saved. Rather, it is because we are saved that our lives begin to look different!
May 31, 2018
Colossians: The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
Pastor Louie Giglio // Written with the single purpose to display the supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus, the book of Colossians answers the two questions every person asks: 

Who am I?
 Why am I here? This week, Pastor Louie Giglio takes us through the book of Colossians to find the answers to these questions; the answers to which determine the direction and quality of all of our lives.
May 29, 2018
Knowing Him = Knowing Me
Pastor Ben Stuart // The best change is not a change in circumstances but a change in perspective. — In week two of our Worthy series, Pastor Ben Stuart walks us through the second half of Ephesians 1. Here, Paul prays for the Church in Ephesus with a notable approach. Paul doesn’t ask God to do something new for His people. Instead, he asks that our eyes be opened to the beauty of who God is and what he’s done for us. — The more we know who God is, the more we know who we are. There is purpose, peace, and confidence in those who know Him. From there, true life change begins. Do you know what you have? Do you know who you are?
May 24, 2018
9AM on Pentecost (Day Fifty)
Pastor Louie Giglio // Pentecost. One of the most significant days in the history of the Church, and yet most of us don't stop to contemplate what took place on that day, and what it means for us today. — The power of the Holy Spirit. That's what was given to us on Pentecost. The power to carry out the calling on our lives to spread the name and fame of Jesus. If we aren't aware of it we can spend our whole lives striving to accomplish this goal through our own power, but instead, we are called to say, "even though I could do it in my strength, I will wait for power from on high."    
May 22, 2018
Partakers = Proclaimers
Pastor Ben Stuart // Partakers become proclaimers. When we taste and see that The Lord is good, the most natural thing to do is celebrate Him! — To kick off our new series, Worthy, Pastor Ben Stuart walks us through the spiritual blessings we’ve been given in Christ (Ephesians 1). These gifts are offered freely to us. All we have to do is say yes! — As we begin to understand the gifts we have in Christ, our most natural response will be to worship Him! We are made to worship the things that have value and God is the most valuable thing. He is worthy!
May 17, 2018
Sundown at the Garden Tomb
Pastor Louie Giglio // "Do not gloat over me my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light." Micah 7:8 — God has a message for you today. By faith, even a tiny bit of faith in Jesus, you are going to rise. No matter how hard or far you have fallen, you are going to rise. 
May 15, 2018
Our Souls + Our Screens
Pastor Ben Stuart // Because the world of information can be tapped into at any moment, it has invaded every moment. — What do we run to when we’re in pain? What do we do when we’re uncomfortable? The truth is, many of us tend to look for ways to distract ourselves from what’s really going on within us, usually through technology. — This week Pastor Ben Stuart challenges us to turn away from diversions and toward intimacy with Jesus. What if we sat with our Creator in moments of discomfort rather than numbing our pain with distraction? If we stopped to listen, we might find that God is trying to speak to us.
May 10, 2018
Don't Give the Enemy a Seat at your Table
Pastor Louie Giglio // "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows." Psalm 23:5 — Jesus has prepared a place for you and Him to be in a relationship. A place where you can come to Him and receive the truth of who He says you are. The trouble is that too often there is a third party at our table. The enemy is constantly prowling around waiting for an opening, an invitation from us to pull up a seat and steal, kill, and destroy us. — Here's the good news. Even though the enemy longs to sit at your table, our Good Shepherd has laid down His life to be the only one with a right to sit with us. We are so prized and valued by Jesus that He paid everything to be with us, and we have to make sure that we don't extend that same honor to the Enemy.
May 09, 2018
The Problem With Love
Pastor Ben Stuart // There’s a tendency in us to run from the leadership of God, and there’s a tendency in God to chase after us. We love that about Him when it involves us or people we like, but what about when that same grace is extended to our enemies? — In Jonah chapter 4, Jonah is angry with God for offering grace to his enemies. Jonah’s problem is with love. This week Pastor Ben Stuart challenges us with this question: Do we have a problem with love like Jonah does? Are we able to extend the same grace to others that God has extended to us? — While we were Jesus’s enemies, He died for us. Having experienced this great love, may we share the same love to everyone in our lives! After all, those who know grace show grace.
May 03, 2018
Sunrise in Dothan
Pastor Louie Giglio // Even when war breaks out against me, I will remain confident. In the second part of our EVEN THOUGH series, Pastor Louie Giglio encourages us to build a defiant faith which can stand despite the very visible arrows of our enemies. — In 2 Kings 6 Elisha's, his eyes were open to see what his servant could not; Elisha had a defiant faith that allowed him to see the unseen protection around them when they were completely surrounded by their enemies. That same protection is ours today, it’s up to us to ask for our eyes to be open and see God at work all around us!
Apr 30, 2018
For the Love of the Lost
Pastor Ben Stuart // The grace of God is powerful enough to save anyone. The heart of God is compassionate enough to want to. — If your heart is going to beat in rhythm with God’s, you need to know what His heart is like. God never counts people out. In compassion, He moves toward the hurting. He dives into the depths and rescues the lost, and He doesn’t stop there! He uses our pain as a platform to invite us into His rescue mission. — God used Jonah’s biggest embarrassment for his biggest ministry, and He can do the same with us. We don’t have to have mountains of wisdom, we just have to need God share how His grace met us in our mess.
Apr 25, 2018
Midnight in Philippi
Pastor Louie Giglio // So many stories sound like this, “I was a person of God, I heard the messages and sang the songs, and then life happened; the night grew dark, and when I couldn’t see what God was doing, I swore to never darken the door of the Church again.” — As we kick-off our new series, EVEN THOUGH, Pastor Louie Giglio has a goal for all of us; That we would become a people who move from hearing about God to a people who are in a relationship with the Almighty that emblazons us with a Heaven-born confidence that anchors our lives in the mighty gale, and radiates hope in the darkest nights. — That’s Defiant Faith.
Apr 24, 2018
Grace Beneath the Waves
Pastor Ben Stuart // There’s a tendency in God to chase us and give us life, not because of something beautiful in us; because of something beautiful in Him. — That's the thing about a gift. Whether you feel worthy or not doesn’t matter. God's love is not motivated by or contingent upon your worthiness, after all, grace is when undeserving people receive an unbelievable gift from an unobligated giver. — Grace is a gift, and to honor the Giver we have to not only accept, but enjoy the gift. 
Apr 18, 2018
When Life Doesn't Work Out
Pastor Chad Veach, ZOE CHURCH // It's not if, it's when. There will be times when life isn't working out; when you fail; when disappointment and destructive thinking get the better of you. These are the critical moments where our minds become battlefields and the stakes are so high. — “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” Philippians 3:13 — This week, ZOE CHURCH Pastor, Chad Veach, has a message for each of us; it is always too early to quit, and it is never too late to start. Don't give up, press on into your giftings and dreams, after all, we serve the God who sees us as who we are supposed to be, and who is calling us into the plans He has for us.  
Apr 17, 2018
Running and Chasing
Pastor Ben Stuart // Washington D.C. In 1981 Steve Callahan's 21-foot sailboat was holed beyond repair sometime in the middle of the night. For the next 76 days he drifted in nothing but a life raft. Having lost a third of his body weight, dehydrated and starving, Steve Callahan fashioned three pencils into a device that allowed him to gather his bearings from two fixed points in the sky, steer himself into a current, and survive. — Fixed points are the only things that we can really use to find our bearings, and in this message from Pastor Ben Stuart we look at the journey of Jonah to find two fixed realities that we can use to know the direction God is wanting us to head, and we must, for the storms are coming and without the proper directions we will not make it through. 
Apr 13, 2018
The Calling of Compassion
Brett Younker   For so many of us, the word "Calling," has become equivalent with our role, or even our job. We agonize over it, stress about what and who we will become one day, and feel useless when our position doesn't match up with the calling we've felt led to. — But the truth is this; our ultimate and primary calling is to follow God. That's it. To study His Word so that we can know Him deeper, to fall more and more in love with Him, and to carry His love and compassion to the people around us in order that they might come to know Him as well.
Apr 12, 2018
Wrecking the Ranking System
Grant Partrick // Rankings. We're a culture that is obsessed with them. Check any website these days and you'll find any number of Top 10 articles and videos. No matter how old or young we are we find ourselves constantly measuring ourselves against some system designed to give everyone else a metric of our worth. — Except for Jesus. In the Kingdom of Jesus, there is only one ranking system, for each of has been created in the very image of God. Yet each of us has forgotten this about someone, or a group of people, at one point or another. The question we have to ask ourselves is; what is my default reaction when I see a person in need when I see someone created in the image of God, in need? — When Jesus died on the cross for us the ranking system of the world was shattered, and we have to let those broken pieces fall from our own hands. When we see a need, as Jesus-followers it must solicit a response.
Apr 11, 2018
The Hero
Pastor Ben Stuart // We all love stories; tales of good and evil, legends of heroes and tragedies of villains. It's why we flood into bookstores and theatres, to escape into stories we believe could never be our own. — But here's the thing, many of us will walk through life without realizing that we are actually a part of the greatest story that has ever unfolded. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus isn't isolated to scriptures and sermons, it's the moment where all of our stories went from hopeless to filled with possibility. — Afterall we are all guilty, separated from God by our sinful nature. A cursory glance around proves to you no matter what your thoughts on God that there is something broken in humanity. But Easter, Easter is the realization of the greatest Hero of all time. A Savior who took on the Cross for each of us; declaring the death of death and the beginning of Life for all who put their faith in Him.
Apr 06, 2018
The Golden Record and the Rugged Cross
Pastor Louie Giglio // In 1977 Voyager left our atmosphere carrying with it a golden record. Filled with the ambient sounds of Earth, greetings spoken in languages from all over the World, and instructions on how to listen to them was it ever found, this record was our message to the stars. — Four decades later, we have the opportunity to hear a different message, one that has come from significantly further and at a much higher cost. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God has shown us who He is, He has called us loved, child, and prized. He paid for our sin and shame on the cross and rose again conquering even the grave. —  His message is clear. Can you hear it?
Apr 04, 2018
The Restoration of Peter
Pastor Ben Stuart // Each and every one of us will slip up, make a mistake, chose something other than Jesus. The fundamental question that we have to ask ourselves is; What does God think of me when I fail? For most of us, it’s natural for us to assume that on the other side of failure lies judgment, shame, and abandonment; after all, that’s what we see all around us. — But God… — God responds to our failures with an open door, by making a connection, to break down the walls of shame that we put up. What a powerful reminder from our pastor Ben Stuart that we are NEVER TOO FAR GONE.  
Mar 27, 2018
No Funerals Today
Pastor Louie Giglio // All of us have experienced failure. Maybe it was the disappointment of dreams unrealized, or the death of a relationship we thought would last forever. No matter what it was, each of us has felt the sting of something coming to an end and had the thought, “surely this is unredeemable.” — But, there is Good News. — In the economy of God, nothing is unredeemable. Whatever you are walking through, wherever you are, God is saying to you today that it is not final. With Jesus, there is always an, “after this...” You are not alone. God sees you, and His heart is going out to you. This is not the end... — There will be no Funerals today.
Mar 21, 2018
Gospel = Good News
Pastor Louie Giglio // Euangellion. Gospel. Good News. — So many of us walk through life with the idea that God is the bearer of bad news. It holds us back from Him, preventing us from even desiring a relationship with the King of the Universe. But here's the truth. Jesus is the Good News. His message of redemption, His very life on this Earth and His sacrifice on our behalf are the greatest news we could ever imagine. Our God, and all of creation, are crying out the message that we are so desperate to hear if we would only listen. — Deliverer of Bad News? No, no, no, our Jesus IS the Good News.
Mar 14, 2018
It's Time to Get Started
Pastor Louie Giglio // Eventually, we all have to have a Lift-Off moment in our lives. Yes, we need to prepare, to train, to rehearse, but if the lift-off never happens then it’s possible we’ll have wasted our journey around the Sun. — Today can be the day that you say to God that you are ready to do something with Him this year. Today could be the day that you start to repair that relationship, to improve your health, to take an actual step towards joining God in what He is doing in and around us. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get started.
Mar 06, 2018
Who's in Your Crew?
Pastor Brad Jones // None of us are on this journey alone. We fly through the galaxy surrounded by 7+ Billion other people, and yet amidst all of them, the feeling of loneliness is at an all-time high. It’s a wild thought, that in the most connected time in human history we can genuinely feel as though we have no one in our corner. — On this trip around the sun you and I have the opportunity, and really the responsibility, to take a look at who is in our inner circle. Do we have the right people helping us navigate our lives, do we have anyone that we’ve even let that far in? At the end of the day the people we keep closest to us and walk with through our faith journey, these are the people who will influence the direction of our lives the most, so you have to ask yourself... who’s in your crew?
Feb 28, 2018