People fill the bleachers at Santa Barbara City College on Easter Morning

We planned for 4,000 people. Given that our church is roughly 3,000, we figured that this would cover things logistically.

But we had been praying for more! We prayed that 5,000 would come to hear the gospel. We pushed a campaign under the moniker of “each-one-reach-one” with the purpose that every church member would bring a friend who was an outsider to the Christian faith. We wanted Christ to save the whole city.

We over-prayed and under-planned.

Below is a photo I took from the stage…

It only captures *half* of the entire stadium (which was nearly filled).

We estimate that roughly 8,000 people showed up to the service, packing out the bleachers, and causing traffic standstills all down Bath Street.

Here is another close up photo from Jessica, a choir member…

But that’s not all…

Over 200 people gave their lives to Jesus Christ.

I wanted to say to any of you from my church that are listening…

Thank you for being obedient to the Gospel.

It’s as if everyone in the church ACTUALLY did reach one! And because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, His sent Holy Spirit, and your obedience… The body of Christ welcomed enough new brothers and sisters to fill a small building!

Imagine if we included God’s wonderful display of salvation today in all the other churches in the area that were doing the same thing: preaching the wonderful gospel, the great news of Jesus Christ who died, and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins to bring us to God!

The combined effects may have us all down on our knees praying for our city!

About Lazo

Lazo is the pastor for preaching and vision at Reality SB. He is committed to spreading the value of our union with Christ in Santa Barbara, through the expository preaching of God's Word. You might like these blog posts, 5 Wrong Ways To Comfort Hurting People, or Daisy Love and the Magic Eraser. You can follow Chris on twitter at @LazoChris.

Posted on April 24, 2011, in Church and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Incredible!!!!! Thanks to your obedience. “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20 AWESOME – jules in Puerto Rico (Abundant Life Fellowship – church on the beach)

  2. I would hope those 200 people that went forward are discipled and taught how to walk as a Christian and live obediently. Not just a moment of emotional
    response and that,s it

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