(ONE NEWS NOW) — Two years after the New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks for a Super Bowl ring at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, evangelist Greg Laurie is kicking off what he calls the “Super Bowl of evangelism” on Sunday, when he will be hosting the revival event and delivering a powerful Gospel message to tens of thousands.
In stark contrast to singer Katy Perry’s anti-family halftime performance two years ago, this year’s Christian outreach, which is dubbed “the nation’s largest one-day evangelistic outreach,” will feature numerous popular Christian musical talent topping the charts, including today’s best-known artists and performers voted for by millions of Americans on The Voice and American Idol.
“The show will feature performances from The Voice star Brennley Brown, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, Christian bands MercyMe and NEEDTOBREATHE, contemporary Christian musician Phil Wickham and Christian rapper Trip Lee,” The Christian Post (CP) announced. “The night will be capped off by a sermon and call to profess faith in Christ from the 64-year-old Laurie.”
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Laurie, who has taken his world-famous Harvest Crusades across the world to share the Gospel with hundreds of thousands for decades, wants to see Americans tuning in to the powerful life-changing and miraculous work of Jesus Christ on Sundays – instead of being devoted to watching NFL players competing weekly on the Sabbath on the gridiron.
“Super Bowl Sunday – which for many now is a religious holiday – is a day when many of us watch a football game on TV,” Laurie told CP in an interview this week. “It is something we all do across the country at the same time. There will be Super Bowl parties where you will invite people over to your home and then watch the game.”
The renowned author – whose event will also reach the masses not able to attend via telecast on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and by livestreaming on Harvest America’s website – would like to see his outreach score a touchdown for Jesus Christ in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans tuning in to the Gospel message.
“I use that as a picture to describe what Harvest America is,” Laurie explained. “Yes, it happens in one place — Phoenix, Arizona — but the reason we call it Harvest America is there are thousands of host sites around the nation in places ranging from church sanctuaries to movie theaters to open fields to front rooms. We ask everyone simultaneously to watch this event as it happens live in Arizona.”
Last year, the annual event hosted by Laurie – who serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California – drew in a Super Bowl-sized crowd just a few hundred miles to the east of this year’s gathering.
“Harvest America 2016 was hosted at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and was attended by over 82,000 people while an estimated 180,000 people across the world watched the event at 7,000 different simulcast hosting locations,” CP’s Samuel Smith informed. “An estimated 25,000 people made professions of faith at the end of the night.”
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