Resurrection Sunday began with a packed house and ended with more than a dozen souls saved. As Apostle Phillip Walker later remarked, “God really moved among us today!”
Apostle Walker began the special Easter service and celebration with a story:
A billionaire had died, and all his possessions were being auctioned off. The first item was a portrait of his son. The auctioneer started the bidding process, but no one wanted it: they were waiting for all of the other expensive possessions to be auctioned.
But there was one man who wanted the portrait, but all he had was $1. So that’s what he bid – his only dollar. The auctioneer accepted the bid, yelled, “Sold!” – then closed the auction, to the shock of everyone else in attendance. What about all the other possessions?
“I’m sorry,” the auctioneer said. “According to the will, whoever bought the picture of the son would inherit everything.” So the man with only $1 won the billionaire’s entire estate.
“Whoever wants my son, I’ll give you everything,” said Apostle Walker, drawing the parallel between the story of the billionaire and the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. “All things are yours.”
The day’s Scripture reading was Isaiah 53:3-5 (KJV):
“3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
“4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
“5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
The rest of the service consisted of an Easter dramatization, followed by an Invitation to Discipleship that saw more than a dozen souls saved at the altar and several more in the pews. (Scroll down to see the video and photos.)
Below are just a few photos of the event. For more, visit the MPWOC gallery on Flickr.