Several times a year we move the venue for our worship gatherings to places that can accommodate more people. For our Christmas service this past weekend, we moved to The Moon – a local nightclub. This allows us to share the gospel of Jesus with more than 1,500 people at a time!
Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m. around 75 volunteers met at The Moon to begin the cleaning and setup! Just a few hours earlier there were hundreds of people in the club smoking, dancing and having a great time. We transform the party scene to a worship scene in a few hours by mopping the floor, wiping every surface and chair and bar stool, vacuuming and doing our best to air it out before people begin arriving a few hours later to worship Jesus! It’s amazing the teamwork this group of believers demonstrates on that morning.
Around 11:00 a.m. people begin to arrive, music is playing, coffee is shared, smiles and nice conversations abound. The service begins at 11:30 with a great rendition of “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, followed by more traditional Christmas carols and then a powerful message about why we need Jesus. There was a standing room only crowd that day – people were standing four deep at the back of the club! At the conclusion of the service an invitation is given – an opportunity for people to acknowledge their need for Christ and to publicly announce their decision to follow Him. Dozens – yes dozens – of people accepted Christ as their personal savior that day! And that is why we do what we do – not so we’ll feel good about ourselves but to bring a message of hope to others and give them the opportunity to experience what we have in Jesus!
Here’s an example of how God was working Sunday – a young man walked outside to discuss with a counselor his decision to follow Christ. After talking and praying with the young man, he went back inside, got his friend and brought him outside to talk with a counselor and pray to accept Christ and talk about taking the step of baptism! How cool is that!?
By the way – the first young man who walked out – this was the first time he had ever heard the gospel in English!
So that’s how my family spent this past Sunday morning! I can’t wait to see what God has planned for all of us next!
Keep running towards Him!