"Judah Smith's talk was an awesome reminder that we are called living stones," said Stephanie Taylor Redmond, a conference volunteer Door-Holder from Hamilton, Ga.
"I loved his point that one little rock may not be too impressive, but a bunch of rocks together can build a building."Gabriel Lytle, 23, of Marrietta, Ga., who was part of Passion's 300-person volunteer choir, reflected that Smith's message contained both deep theological truths as well as practical insights for daily life.
"I thought I had a good basic, grasp of the Trinity, but I've never thought of God being a community in that way," said Lytle.
"Judah brought to my attention that God is not alone and everything God does all the way up to His very being has eternal value.
"I don't think it's strange that even in nature – even on the Discovery Channel – we are pointed to the power, significance and validity of community."In his characteristic preaching style mixed with humor, authority, and zeal, Smith raised the fundamental question, "What is man's all?
" and contended that "man's all is to accurately reflect the image of his Creator." He asserted that this is how people will experience life's greatest meaning and fulfillment, and continued, "If man is going to reflect his creator in an accurate and majestic sense, we must conclude that it is impossible to fulfill our ultimate purpose in life alone."This fact places an urgency on our commitment to each other, Smith emphasized in his engaging style, telling the audience, "What is more important than the world seeing God, the beauty and majesty and sufficiency of our Savior?
"No one walks by rocks flabbergasted, but you look around this dome," he said.
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JUDAH SMITH and his wife, Chelsea, are the lead pastors of the City Church in Seattle, Washington.
He also travels the nation and the world ministering at churches and conferences, imparting into the lives of Christian leaders and young people.
His ministry is noted for an anointed and fresh preaching style mixed with humor, authority, passion and strong faith.