There’s a message in every mess, nationally prominent pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes told thousands of worshippers gathered for a revival Friday in Landover.
The senior pastor of the 30,000-plus member The Potter’s House in Dallas issued a clarion call for Christians to focus on their purpose and to be strategic as they maximize their potential in 2012. Jakes preached the final night of a three-night revival sponsored by First Baptist Church of Glenarden, in Upper Marlboro, and Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in the District.
Five lanes of police-directed traffic along Jericho City Drive flowed into parking lots beside Jericho City of Praise , near Fedex Field, home of the Washington Redskins. A little over 11,000 people attended the service Friday; Wednesday and Thursday services took place at First Baptist Church of Glenarden and a combined choir from First Baptist and Greater Calvary sang at all the services. Each night featured a different preacher – Jackie McCullough and Bishop I.V. Hilliard – and guest artists Beverly Crawford , James Fortune and FIYA, as well as the Kurt Carr Singers.
“My heart is very touched every time I come to this particular building,” said Carr, a gospel music composer, recalling the role Jericho’s Rev. Joel Peebles played in his career. “He reached out and his church was the first church to bring me to their church from California.”
Carr then made a $1,000 offering to Jericho and thanked the church for its early support of his career and praised the cooperation among the three churches to produce the revival.
During the service, worshippers referred to Bibles, iPad, iPhones and other mobile devices. Jakes commented on how the under-40 set possesses talent and access to resources to spread the gospel further than other Christians in history, adding that before he could leave the sanctuary, his message would already have reached people across the globe.
Jakes encouraged worshippers to focus on their destiny and called for intergenerational cooperation among older, seasoned Christians and their younger counterparts.
After he preached, Jakes summoned anyone under 40 who sought prayer and guidance for redefining their lives and tackling challenges, unfulfilled goals and other matters they’re facing. Multitudes approached the pulpit, embracing one another and praying together as Jakes spoke. Throughout the church, thousands stretched arms toward the legion on the floor and others who stood along stairs inside the sanctuary.
The next morning, Jakes conducted a conference for more than 2,000 church leaders from throughout the region.