Thousands of people gathered on Sunday at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for Pastor Greg Laurie’s Harvest America 2018.
According to The Christian Post, Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California, shared a message about his childhood and his struggle with drugs and alcohol.
“I was going downhill fast … I was too cynical, too hard … but Christ changed my life one day. I didn't plan on it, but it happened," he said.
He also talked about how the suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and television personality Anthony Bourdain showed that fame and money are not the keys to happiness.
“I’m not here tonight to talk to you about religion. I'm here to talk to you about a relationship, a friendship, with God," he said.
"There is someone who loves you and someone who values you. And He's called Jesus Christ," he added, and quoted Jeremiah 29:11, which reads, "For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Laurie walked through what a commitment to Christ means and then asked people to come down to the center of the stadium if they wanted to pray to accept Jesus.
“The good news is that God loved us so much that He sent His Son Jesus Christ on a rescue operation to planet earth," he said.
Harvest America also featured musical performances by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Trip Lee, as well as Phil Wickham and Switchfoot.
"Don't live another day without Christ in your life," Laurie said. "... You'll remember this night for the rest of your life."
Following Sunday’s event, Arlington’s nearby city of Dallas will host the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting.
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Harvest America
Publication date: June 11, 2018