Pastor Greg Laurie hosted “Harvest America” at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday night — a massive Christian event that he has called the “boldest step” to date in his ministry, seeing at least 6,000 people accept Jesus Christ.
Laurie, 63, has toured the nation and world over the past 25 years with his popular Harvest Crusades events; hundreds of thousands of people have become Christians as a result of his ministry.
But Sunday’s event was much larger in scope than his past endeavors.
In addition to the 82,000 people who showed up at the Texas stadium, hundreds of thousands of others watched the event from 7,200 remote broadcast locations in 123 countries across the globe; 750 churches were involved in streaming the event to their congregations.
It was an event during which Laurie laid out the foundations of the Christian faith, inviting attendees — and those watching virtually — to embrace Jesus.
“Not a woman, not a man, not a drug, not an experience, not a possession will fill the emptiness inside you,” Laurie told the crowd. ”You don’t need to go to Google for your answers; God has an answer for your loneliness and it is Jesus Christ his son.”
Telling hundreds of thousands that “religious beliefs are not enough” and that they are “not good enough” on their own, he pointed them to Jesus, saying that Christ “alone is uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between a holy God and sinful humanity.”
The message clearly resonated, as 6,000 people responded to Laurie’s invitation to accept Jesus.
In addition to the gospel message, Christian singers Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, Switchfoot and Lecrae performed for the audience.
As previously reported, Laurie told TheBlaze back in November — just months before the March 6 event — that the “Harvest America” initiative would be his biggest undertaking yet.
“We’ve taken bold steps of faith … perhaps the boldest step we’ve taken of all is going to the AT&T stadium,” he said of the event, titled, Harvest America. “[We thought], ‘Why don’t we try to stage what could be the largest evangelistic event in American history?’”
Months before the event, Laurie’s team speculated that the 100,000-seat stadium and the live streaming of the event could collectively make it the biggest of its kind. The pastor said that plans for “Harvest America” came to fruition after much reflection about the times in which we’re living.
“In thinking [about] the days in which we’re living — which I believe are the last days — I thought, ‘It’s time to go big or stay home and do something brave and brash for the gospel,’” Laurie told TheBlaze at the time.
It also comes at a time when Laurie said that he’s actually ramping up his ministry, rather than considering retirement as many others at his age might do.
“It all starts and ends with Jesus,” he said of his life and ministry. “I started this … because Jesus came into my life. Over 40 years later, when the day is done, it’s still about Jesus.”
Watch the archive of the “Harvest America” event here.
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