Revival celebrates the freedom of living Christ-like in our daily lives

Malika A. Wright | 8/8/2013, 2:33 p.m.
Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom, according to 2 Corinthians 3:17. This was the theme of ...
Congregation praised and worshipped God. Photo by Malika A. Wright

Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom, according to 2 Corinthians 3:17.

This was the theme of the “Free in Him” revival and gospel concert, which was held by Allen Chapel AME Church on July 10-12.

The event, which was held, not that long after the 4th, acknowledged that Christians have a different kind of freedom, according to Rev. Vensen Ambeau, pastor of Allen Chapel.

“Our freedom is not that people went to fight for us in wars, but our freedom is in who God says we are,” he said. “We tried to take the [holiday] that we celebrate nationally and just kind of make it more for the church.”

The three-day event featured Rev. Anthony Reed of Martin Memorial AME Church, located in Richmond Heights.

On Wednesday, Reed spoke from Acts 15: 24-26 about the importance of praise and worship. He explained that just as praise and worship had help Paul and Silas’ break out of prison, God can help us to bust out of any situation that we’re in.

Through their praise and worship they received their freedom, Ambeau said.

On Thursday, Reed spoke from John 4: 21-24. He assured the members that they don’t have to wait until tomorrow or next year, but they can be excited about what God is doing in our lives right now.

The gospel concert, which was held last Friday night, was described as an opportunity to see how God is involved in our lives in song and dance. The music mentioned relatable issues that allowed attendees to feel comfortable enough to worship God freely, according to Ambeau.

Performers included: Hasan Green, Call to Worship, Allen Chapel Praise and Worship team, Johnnie Harrell, and Yoleen and Jamel Walls.

Ambeau said the event ultimately was held to help others get closer to God.

“We know a lot of people are struggling and dealing with some things and we want to be bold and daring enough to say we’ve got the answers to what you’re going thru and its through Christ.”