Jesus Fix It: Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III, Rides A Horse In The Sanctuary!
following sermon illustration:
Update, Bishop Oliver has responded to the media hype:
"Your vision should be like a wild horse that broke out of the gate! Don't waste time. Stop making excuses. Do something out of the box in 2015!"
To all CREATIVE and INNOVATIVE leaders and people, communicate God's truth with passion, innovation and creativity! Every New Years Eve service, at the end of the sermon, I use an illustration to further communicate the the Gospel.
The 2014 sermon was, "Break Out the Gate!" (John 8:36). 15 seconds of the sermon illustration has received great attention for which I am proud! However, the sermon points before the illustration are most important! Here they are: (1) in 2015, STOP WASTING TIME! (2) in 2015, NO MORE EXCUSES! (3) in 2015, LET YOUR VISION OUT OF THE GATE!
At the end of the sermon I mounted a thoroughbred horse to illustrate "let your vision out of the gate!" It was effective and I am honored to have a congregation and leaders who fully embrace creative approaches to communicating The Gospel! I pray that you will do just what the sermon illustrated!
Take the limits off in 2015! This is your season to let your vision, creativity, innovation, gifts and calling out of the gate! Create opportunities, create inspiration, create educational opportunities for our youth, create a space for health and wellness and create a better world around you! Remember, some people will not understand you, but God will send those who will invest in you!
Your assignment is to follow God no matter what! So, break down every barrier that stands in the way of your CREATIVITY, GIFTS and INNOVATION. Master your focus not focus on your fears. Now break out of the gate! A creative communicator.Bishop OC Allen