God’s Purpose through Passion

I had coffee with my old friend BJ Barnes today. We had some excellent conversation on everything from the state of worship in today’s church to how God is working in our lives personally. Two elements really struck me as exciting:

  1. God wants you to focus on your passion. When I asked BJ, “What is God teaching you right now?” he spoke about passion. He used a great analogy of Jacob’s name changing to Israel. At first, Jacob didn’t live in his new name, but it was a process to become who God wanted him to be. We agreed that we both want to “live in the new name God has given us.” This involves letting go of inhibitions to worship God fully and passionately. It also involves cutting the non-essentials out of our lives to focus on the “sweet-spot” where God has gifted us, given us passion, and created a need for us to fill.
  2. Focusing on passion will take you outside of church. Lately I’ve been on talking a lot about what it looks like to be a worship pastor who goes beyond the Sunday morning band. BJ is doing this! Check out his band Borrowed Time. (Music will be up soon.) The band members are the same as the Sunday morning worship band, but when they play out they don’t do “worship tunes.” The set list is comprised of originals and covers. It was amazing to hear the stories of people they have met and the opportunities God has brought their way because of gigging out.

My favorite story was about a bass player who saw Borrowed Time play and was interested in playing bass with BJ on Sunday Morning. Stylistically this bassist didn’t fit with what they are doing musically over at Journey242 so BJ recommended some churches in town who are doing music this guy would fit with. He is currently actively involved on the worship team at one of those churches. This was a story of Kingdom growth being more important than church growth.

If you live in the Evansville area, check out Borrowed Time when they play at Angel Mounds on Septeptember 15.

Where is your passion taking you?

5 Responses to “God’s Purpose through Passion”


  1. 1 Sarah Chia August 20, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    My passion is for my family and teaching my children about the world around them and the world far away from them. I’m strongly passionate about the fact that God is not American. I don’t want my children to grow up believing that America is the end all be all. Rather, I want them to have a love for people of all nationalities and to feel connected to their brothers and sisters around the world.

    For this reason, my passion also transfers into foreign missions. That’s a huge reason I was drawn to my current church, where missions is a priority. There was a recent article about this in the local paper.

  2. 2 worshipcity August 21, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    Its interesting, I do this Small Group/Book Study dealio that’s actually me and 2 other guys who grab lunch at a local Jamaican Restaurant every Tuesday afternoon and discuss life. We read a book together however and it’s anything from a book of the Bible to Blue Like Jazz and now we’ve picked up a Hybel’s book, Holy Discontent.

    Its interesting and you might like it. Substitute ‘passion’ however for ‘what’s frustrating you the most’ HA! I’m only a chapter in though right now. I think it’s going to turn out to be a passion book though 🙂

  3. 3 Billy Chia August 21, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Yeah, let me know when you make it through, I’m always looking for good reads.

  4. 4 B.J. Barnes August 22, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Hey Billy,

    Thanks for the thoughts. I have seen you grow these past few years I’ve known you, and that challenges me to grow as well. It is evident that God is shaping you into your knew name. May you receive His full blessings. Remember, the Kingdom is now. We just have to live in it.

    In awe of our Savior,
    B.J.

  5. 5 Billy Chia August 22, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    BJ,
    Thanks bro. It’s been challenging and exciting to watch your growth as well. 🙂


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