Realizing miracles at Faith
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 2:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 2:35 p.m.
The fact that the blood that Jesus Christ shed on Calvary is still able to help people move from a cloudy state of mind to a life filled with sunshine served as the recurring theme during Sunday morning worship at Faith Church.
* Pastor: Pastor Kevin W. Thorpe
* Location: 2905 SE 21st Ave.
* Services: Early morning worship is 8 a.m. Sunday, followed by Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and morning worship at 11 a.m. Wonderful Wednesday service is 7 p.m. Wednesday.
* Phone: 352-375-4850.
The service at the southeast Gainesville church featured an inspirational sermon delivered by the pastor of the church, Pastor Kevin W. Thorpe. But before Thorpe's sermon, the church's praise and worship dance teams set the atmosphere with emotional and uplifting performances.
"Has God been good to anybody in this place?" Gregory Byrd, leader of the praise team and music director at the church, said before "Chosen," a praise dance team of four young women, danced to "His Blood Still Works" by VaShawn Mitchell.
The performance began with two of the dancers sitting in front of the altar pretending to hold a conversation as a CD played with Mitchell talking about a woman who was not killed in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City because she decided to stay home from work and not ride to work with two of her co-workers as she normally does because of a severe nose bleed.
Mitchell said when somebody asked the woman why nothing happened to her during the 9/11 attack, she answered, "because I was covered with the blood."
The dancers — Kelia Jenkins, Jakiya Lovett, Jakayla Lovett and Artavia Wilson — received a standing ovation after their performance and a couple of them were overwhelmed with emotion as they exited the sanctuary.
"I don't know about you, but that touched me," said Byrd. He then encouraged parishioners to help him and the praise team sing "God is Able," and all but a few parishioners stood and sang along. After the song, Byrd encouraged parishioners to not give up on themselves or God.
"God didn't save your life to kill you," Byrd said. "He is able."
Byrd then turned the service over to Thorpe, who stood at the pulpit silently for several moments, appearing to bask in the holy-ghost filled atmosphere.
The topic of his sermon was "How to Move from Madness to Miracles." He preached from Mark 5:1-15. He said the text, which is about a man with unclean spirits who lived in a cemetery in Gadara, can also be found in the books of Luke and Matthew. He said the text is an amazing example of how Jesus will not only step into a situation and stop a raging storm, but he also will bless you as the storm ends.
"He will bless you on the heels of the storm," Thorpe said. "That means he will do stuff for you on the way out."
Thorpe then gave details about how and why Jesus moves people from madness to miracles. He said three ways Jesus moves people from madness to miracles occurs when "your situation is out of control," "you rest in the knowledge that help is on the way" and "you are part of a much larger plan."
He said three reasons why Jesus moves people from madness to miracles are that "he has some ambassadors to impress," "some enemies to embarrass" and "some believers to inspire."
He likened how God works to how a member of his church plays bid whist, the card game. He said the woman holds her best cards until near the end of the game when she is "trump tight."
He said God is telling his people not to get "bent out of shape" because "I stay trump tight."
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