Yesterday I visited a church with a Saturday night service.

Praise and worship led by Steve Crawford. Now, if you don't recognize the name he was a member of the seven-time Dove Award winning, double Stellar Award winning and triple Grammy nominated group Anointed.

Co-pastors came out and kinda forecast for the congregants what they can expect at this service. But it was done in a really upbeat way reminding the people that they are God's special children

Praise and worship. On top left of the screen showing the singers were the lyrics of the songs so the congregation could sing along in a white font against a black background.

Co-pastors came back with more encouraging words

Prayer time. People were lined up and facilitated to pray with prayer counselors while nephew of co-pastor led the solo to a selection. Senior pastor was one of the prayer counselors. He prayed with three couples for an average of a minute to a minute and a half. Then he was escorted out while the other prayer counselors continued to pray with those in line

Praise and worship.

Co-pastor preached. One of the most memorable quotes was "Great victories aren't won in your strength; they are won by God's favor."

Showed a video setting congregation up for their theme "Accelerate." Was on the history of the church starting with the original 90 members who stepped out on faith.

Co-pastors make the "ask" after the video. Asked the people to pray about what they can do above their tithe to help eliminate the remaining $30 million of debt that remains of the $120 million. Told them that in 4 weeks they would ask them to bring their pledges. Pointed out that members can't give money they don't have. So they asked the people to let the Lord know that they want to be a part of helping to eliminate this debt. That they would ask God to open new doors, give them a promotion, give them a raise.

They picked up the offering

Senior pastor preached a message entitled "Distinctive Favor." One of the most memorable texts was from Psalm 37:19: "They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied." The NLT says it this way: "They will not be disgraced in hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough."

Made the appeal to give life to Christ


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