For anyone who might doubt or underestimate the power of annual church Christmas shows to transform hearts and minds, look no further than Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, where 1,114 people recently came to faith.
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The church, led by Pastor Jarrett Stephens, saw a remarkable outpouring of faith committments while running its annual Christmas Spectacular show from Dec. 8-12, the Baptist Press reported.
Something incredible happened each night during the show — a powerful spectacle with music, lights, and awe-inspiring performances — when Stephens shared the gospel and asked people to hold up the flashlight on their cell phones if they had, indeed, decided to accept Jesus.
In the end, more than 1,100 lights shined bright, symbolizing these stunning personal committments to allow God to transform individual hearts and minds.
“God is moving and to Him be the glory. It is all about Him,” Stephens told Baptist Press. ‘I’m amazed and our team is blown away by the response.”
Champion Forest Baptist Church also posted a statement on YouTube noting how church members are “still picking [their] jaws up off of the floor after seeing God move like never before” inside the church.
“ELEVEN HUNDRED lives changed for eternity!” the statement continued. “THIS is what it’s all about. Forever changed because of the power of the GOSPEL.”
Each one of the individuals who committed their lives to Christ received a Bible and had follow-up from a member of Champion Forest Baptist Church within 48 hours.
Baptist Press reported that there were more than 100 volunteers who took part in these follow-ups, staying late and working overtime to connect with newfound believers.
“They let people know they rejoiced in their decision and wanted to answer any questions,” Stephens said. “We’ve had a lot of great conversations out of that.”
Watch the powerful moments the flashlights were lifted up and people accepted Jesus:
The church’s story is an important one for any Christians or church leaders who might underestimate the power of sharing the simplicity of the gospel message at Christmas.
Simply sharing — and showing — Jesus’ birth, even in the confines of an annual Christmas show, can have a deep, profound, and even heart-changing impact on others.
Read the full story on Baptist Press.
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