November 15, 2017
Houston Bellfort Special Meetings
By Oluwafemi Oyedokun
Special meetings were held at the Apostolic Faith Bellfort branch church in Houston, Texas, from September 27 to October 1. The theme verse was 1 Peter 1:15, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.” The special meetings were a time of soul searching and spiritual refreshment, and all of the services featured encouraging testimonies and sermons, as well as choir and orchestra renditions.
The guest speaker, Sammie Fears (pastor in Anniston, Alabama), and his wife, Deborah, were a tremendous blessing, as were the visitors from other branch churches, including Houston Reed Road and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. One person was visiting from Nigeria. Many received answers to prayer as they gathered around the altars at the close of each service.
During the testimony portion of the service on Wednesday evening, one man told how God delivered him from the jaws of death. The sermon that evening focused on “Holiness,” and Brother Sammie emphasized the need to be holy in all aspects of life. Many responded to the altar call after the message.
On Thursday evening, Brother Sammie spoke on “Christian Forgiveness.” He pointed out that Christians must learn to forgive one another if they want to be called the children of God, and that those who refuse to forgive will not receive forgiveness from God.
The theme of the sermon on Friday evening was “Faith,” and Brother Sammie brought out the need to have confidence in God in order to receive anything from Him. He stated that even when situations may seem dark and dreary, faith as small as a mustard seed is all that is needed to receive help from God.
A sing-along was held on Saturday evening. Presentations included the adult and youth choirs, as well as the Reed Road and Dallas-Fort Worth choirs. There were also selections by Brother Sammie and Sister Deborah, Uwem Akpanumoh (from Bellfort), and others. It was a time of fellowship and worshiping God as hearts were thrilled to hear and sing the Gospel songs. It was a reminder of how wonderful Heaven will be when God’s children gather to sing together in His presence with those who have gone on before.
Sunday morning began with Sunday school and a lesson titled “Virtue.” The children opened the worship service with a short presentation, and the title of Brother Sammie’s sermon was “Jesus Christ, the Sure Foundation.” He encouraged the congregation to build their spiritual house on Jesus Christ, so that they will be able to withstand the challenges of life.
The Houston Bellfort congregation thanks Brother Sammie and Sister Deborah for their ministry and encouragement, and they are already looking forward to next year’s special meetings if Jesus tarries.
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