Pastor Greg Laurie’s SoCal Harvest 2019 will be held Friday, Aug. 23 thru Sunday, Aug. 25 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The annual event is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the SoCal Harvest. It’s the longest-running large-scale evangelistic event in American history.
Each nightly event will feature some of the top Christian musical artists including Passion, Phil Wickham, Dennis Agajanian, for King & Country, Graham Saber, Jeremy Camp, Lecrae, Newsboys, and Chris Tomlin.
Sunday night’s event will also feature special guest Darryl Strawberry, a former right fielder who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball.
Laurie will also present a special life-changing message of hope through Jesus Christ each evening designed to answer life’s big questions like do you question your purpose, how to find real happiness, or wonder if there’s life after death?
In an interview with CBN News Friday, Laurie said people who attend his event or watch it via television and/or live stream can expect something fun, exciting, engaging, relevant, but at the same time, something that really elevates the message of the gospel.
“That’s the whole point of the SoCal Harvest, which I’m told is the longest-running, large-scale event in American history,” he said. “We’ve been doing this for 30 years, basically in the same venue, the Angel Stadium.”
“I think people are shocked to find when they come in, it’s like a feeling of celebration – almost like a big Christian party,” Laurie noted. “But I don’t mean to trivialize it in any way. Because when the moment comes for the gospel to be preached, people are quiet. I mean it’s amazing to me that the stadium falls silent to hear what the Bible has to say.”
“And the most important moment is when we extend an invitation and we see thousands of people walk down on that field to make a profession of faith to follow Christ,” he continued. “Over the last 30 years, we have seen 500,000 people make the profession of faith to follow Christ. That’s the moment that it’s all worth coming for.”
“But the way we get those people there is because Christians bring them,” Laurie explained. “So we’re always emphasizing to folks that come bring a non-believer with you because 85 percent of those that come down on the field to make that commitment or recommit to Christ were brought by a friend.”
When asked what’s changed over the last 30 years, the Southern California pastor said a lot has changed, but there’s one thing that remains constant.
“Our music has changed. Our graphics have changed. Technology has changed. But here’s what has not changed, that moment that the gospel is proclaimed,” he said.
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