Resolved Day 1


It’s nearly 1 am, but I had to give a quick update on Resolved Day 1. After a pretty hectic day of set-up, sound checks, monitor tweaks and rehearsals the band gathered for a refreshing time of devotions together before the first session. We’re so thankful for our band chaplain, Gus, who will be leading us through several of the doxologies in the Scripture for our final moments of preparation before each session. We started tonight with one of my favorite passages - the Romans doxology in chapter 11. (Also one of my favorite songs by our friend, Steve Stuck) What a passage to bring our hearts and minds back from the busyness of the day to our purpose - we want to be worshippers of our great God.

O the depth of the riches of both the knowledge and the wisdom of God. How unsearchable His judgements, how unfathomable His ways. Who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been His counselor? Who has ever given to God that God should repay him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. - Romans 11:33-36

After a refreshing and stimulating time in the Word and in prayer we walked together to the convention center for Session 1 of Resolved 08. As usual, the first session is high energy and exciting. It’s an overwhelming experience to walk into a room (and by room, I mean airplane hanger!) with 3300 chairs, a huge stage, 3 huge iMag screens, an incredible sound system and some 50 robotic lights….. I mean just look at it!

The attendees were amped and ready to worship. People have driven and flown in from all over the US and different parts of the world (I was happy to see my college friend Liz, from South Africa!)

We opened the conference with the Resolved Trailer. I love this piece. John and the media team always do a fantastic job, but this trailer is definitely one of their best.

We’re so excited this year to feature a string quartet with the band for both tonight’s session and Saturday night’s session. The players are not only fantastic musicians, but they’re also godly and gracious people. Right out of the trailor Tim (the amazing 1st violinist), started our traditional opening song, Be Thou My Vision. John wrote the arrangment for the strings and the band. It was a lovely and lush, yet simple arrangement that really brought everyone into focus. From there we jumped straight into a great new, energetic arrangement of Crown Him with Many Crowns. Then Rick Holland came up to give the official welcome and some orientation instructions. He also gave away the first of several iPod Touch prizes with all the Resolved Media from the last 3 years! The band played 1 song from the new CD and then our set of 5 songs. We’re playing with in-ear monitors for the first time this year and they’re taking some getting used to, but the stage is still the best seat in the house as 3300 people sing at the top of their lungs great hymns to our great God.

Rick preached a sobering and motivating sermon from Hebrews 9:27-28 about the reality of death and heaven and hell. He pointed out that death is unavoidable and that judgement is certain. God is a just God and He cannot leave sin unpunished. The climax of the sermon was the last point where we saw that salvation is possible - that God crushed Christ for our sin and credited us who believe with His righteousness. Oh what a glorious gospel!

This is going to be a stimulating weekend as we focus our thoughts on joys of heaven and the mercy of being spared from the torments of hell. We’re praying fervently that the Gospel would bear fruit this weekend and that any unbelievers that may be attending would not leave here unrepentant.

We closed session 1 with a short film that illustrates the parable in Matthew 13:44

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Once again, John and the media team, in particular Adam Hildebrand, outdid themselves in producing art that is excellent and promotes the Gospel. I can’t wait for you to see this piece!

Well, so much for a quick post….I better head off to bed. We’re starting bright and early!

Stay tuned.

2 Responses to “Resolved Day 1”

  • Victoria Swanson Says:

    Thanks for blogging about Resolved. It makes me almost feel like I’m there :).

  • James Szeto Says:

    Hi Lisa, just wanted to say thanks for blogging! This is the first year since the inaugural that I’m not able to make it to Resolved.. I was bummed that Challies isn’t there liveblogging this year, but reading yours and looking at Lukas’ photos, it makes me feel a part of it! Thanks you and John for all you do.. and the clips from the new CD sound great!

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