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Easter with Reality | Montage

Easter with Reality. A short montage of what took place at La Playa Stadium in Santa Barbara, Ca.

A special thank you to our volunteers who helped make this day possible.

Music by: The Brilliance // The Sun Will Rise

Reality S.B. was launched!

Our 3rd campus was launched at 10am this morning!

(image by Tyler Morgan)

One of the reservations we were carrying in preparation for the launch was the all too common tendency of a big event to feel like a concert. Really, it’s just our tendency as American consumers to make everything about something that serves our personal needs. But months of prayer blew through consumerism today as many were able to engage God, and be engaged by God as if it were just another wonderful Sunday.

The Psalmist’s words are eerily prophetic for today…

O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. (Psalm 63:1-2)

Soli Deo Gloria!

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!


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